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Universal prescription drug coverage could save money for Canadians, study finds

Canadians enjoy universal healthcare that covers medical and hospital expenses. However, there is a common assumption that universal prescription drug coverage would be too expensive to put into practice. In a new study, researchers found that universal pharmacare may be much more affordable than...

In Memory of Dr. Jim Ruderman

January 30, 2015 It is with immense sadness that I share with you the news that Dr. Jim Ruderman passed away peacefully yesterday evening, surrounded by his loving family.  Dr. Ruderman was not only one the most highly respected physicians and healthcare leaders in this country, he was also...

Early diagnosis and survival of breast cancer varies by race, WCH research finds

A new breast cancer study found that likelihood of being diagnosed at an early stage, and also survival rates after a stage I diagnosis, varied by race and ethnicity. Black women were significantly less likely than white women to be diagnosed at stage I, while Japanese women were significantly...

Heart disease risk dramatically lower in young women with 6 healthy habits, study finds

Jan. 8, 2015 In almost three out of four cases, heart disease in young women may be preventable through healthy lifestyle habits, new research suggests. A study found that young women who had all six of the healthy lifestyle habits examined in the study were 92 per cent less likely to develop...

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...

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