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Heart disease outcomes similar for rural and urban patients, WCH study finds

Nov. 12, 2014 Heart disease patients in rural areas do not have higher risks of dying compared to heart disease patients in the city, new research suggests. Researchers at Women’s College Hospital (WCH) and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) looked at care and outcomes for...

Study finds pregnant women with bipolar disorder at increased risk for preterm birth

Nov. 7, 2014 New research indicates that pregnant women with bipolar disorder may have an increased risk of delivering a preterm baby, compared to women with no history of mental illness. Researchers at Women’s College Hospital (WCH) and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES)...

Walking more may reduce risk of functional limitations from knee osteoarthritis, study finds

June 20, 2014 New research suggests that for people with knee osteoarthritis (OA) – or people at risk for OA – walking more may reduce the risk of physical limitations. A new study found that walking about 6,000 steps per day may protect against these limitations. The study results are based...

Combination of diabetes and low socioeconomic status linked to poor breast cancer screening rates

April 11, 2014 New research shows that women with diabetes may be less likely to be screened for breast cancer, especially if they have low socioeconomic status. Researchers from the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and Women’s College Hospital found that women with diabetes were 14...

Study finds one serving a day of beans, chickpeas, lentils or peas reduces “bad” cholesterol

April 7, 2014 A high level of LDL cholesterol (often called “bad” cholesterol) in the blood is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. The good news is that cholesterol levels can often be managed by making diet and lifestyle changes. Results of a new study suggest that adding beans,...

Research fellow receives Rising Star Award

Dr. Jacob Udell, a cardiologist at Women’s College Hospital and research fellow at Women’s College Research Institute, was awarded the 2014 Rising Star Award from the CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research. The award recognizes a new research study led by Dr. Udell, in which he...

Women with mental health-related disability at greater risk of abuse

From Impact, May 2014 A new study led by Dr. Janice Du Mont, a scientist at Women’s College Research Institute, is the first Canadian population-based study to examine the prevalence of intimate partner violence among women with activity limitations, or disability, with a specific focus on...

Trauma Talks conference furthers dialogue on trauma-informed care

From Connect, April 8, 2014 After a highly successful launch, Trauma Talks will hold its second conference on May 30, 2014, bringing together experts in psychological trauma, medicine and mental health to continue dialogue on trauma-informed care. “Our conference is an opportunity for...

An inspiring evening to raise awareness for breast cancer

From Impact, May 2014 On March 27, 2014, Eric Moses, the cantor at Toronto’s Beth Sholom Synagogue, organized Kol Isha: The Female Voice, a concert to celebrate his wife, Melissa, a breast cancer survivor, and raise money and awareness for breast cancer research. The event was hosted by CTV...

Women’s College Research Institute presents best research paper awards and mentorship award to faculty and trainees

On March 26, 2014, Women’s College Research Institute (WCRI) held its 5th Annual Research Paper Presentations and Mentorship Awards Ceremony to recognize and honour the achievements of its scientists and trainees. “The event was an opportunity to showcase the work of our scientists and...

Supporting church-based health promotion programs for older adults

From Impact, May 2014 Older adults are at an increased risk for developing heart disease, diabetes and other chronic conditions. Since many older adults in Canada attend religious service in churches, church-based health promotion programs could be an effective way to educate and promote healthy...

Dr. John Semple receives award from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation

From Connect, April 22, 2014 Dr. John Semple, chief of surgery at Women’s College Hospital, received the Cause Leadership Award from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) Ontario Chapter, at the annual CBCF awards event held in Toronto earlier this month. Dr. Semple was honoured for his...

Visiting professor discusses global initiatives to close the cancer divide

From Connect, June 16, 2014
Dr. Felicia Knaul On May 23, 2014, Women’s College Research Institute (WCRI) hosted Dr. Felicia Knaul at the WCRI Research Rounds for a presentation on Closing the Global Cancer Divide: Lessons from Mexico. Dr. Knaul is an associate professor at Harvard...

WCRI research report a top paper in journal

Dr. Steven Narod’s and Amy Finch’s recently published article Impact of Oophorectomy on Cancer Incidence and Mortality in Women With a BRCA1 or BRCA2 Mutation was the most-accessed Original Report in the Journal of Clinical Oncology in May, 2014. The article reported that women who carry a BRCA...

Government of Canada and Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation invest in national research program led by Dr. Steven Narod on Breast Cancer in Young Women

From Connect, June 30, 2014 Earlier this month, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute for Cancer Research (CIHR-ICR) announced a $5.7 million investment to support a pan-Canadian research team investigating breast cancer in...

International Women’s Day 2014: “Equality for women is progress for all”

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Dr. Ophira Ginsburg, scientist at Women’s College Research Institute, authored an editorial “Women’s Health Equity is Progress for All” for ecancermedicalscience. The editorial discussed women’s health equity in global cancer control and...

Intimate partner violence in immigrant and Canadian-born women

Story from Impact, February 2013 By Patricia Nicholson   A recent study highlights differences and similarities in how Canadian-born and immigrant women experience intimate partner violence. The study, published in BMJ Open, compared the physical and psychological consequences of intimate...

Innovative research tool aims to improve patient safety

Story from Impact, February 2013   Doctors base their treatment decisions on the results of research studies that aren’t producing reliable data, according to Dr. An-Wen Chan, Phelan scientist at Women’s College Research Institute and dermatologic Mohs surgeon at Women’s College...

Breast-cancer survivors at higher risk for diabetes

Story from Connect, January 7, 2013
Post-menopausal women who have survived breast cancer have a higher risk of developing diabetes, according to research led by Dr. Lorraine Lipscombe, a WCRI scientist and WCH endocrinologist. “We found that the risk of diabetes began to increase to a...

Older men at greater risk of serious events after starting antipsychotic drug therapy

Story from Connect, January 21, 2013 Very little is known about the way older women and men differ in their response to drug therapy. That’s why Dr. Paula Rochon, senior scientist at Women’s College Research Institute conducted a new study investigating the risk of a serious event...

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