Health

U of T researchers lead cancer-fighting Dream Team

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“Our knowledge is at a turning point,” says Professor Peter Dirks
Author: 
Erin Howe

When Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) Canada wanted to assemble a “Dream Team” of researchers to fight brain cancer, they turned to the University of Toronto. 

Eight members of the Faculty of Medicine have joined the group, fighting brain cancer by focusing on the stem cells that drive the growth of tumours.

How U of T students, researchers and alumni are working to promote mental health

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As U of T responds to a rise in mental health needs, a powerful source of help emerges: students themselves

On Jan. 27, Canadians marked the country's unofficial mental health day – Bell's Let's Talk Day – part of a campaign launched in 2010 to get people talking about mental health.

University of Toronto Chancellor Michael Wilson is one of the country's leading proponents of mental health.

Zika virus: U of T experts on what you need to know

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Most people infected will not even know they're sick, experts say, but link to birth defects “is a very active area of research now”
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with files from Dominic Ali

U.S President Barack Obama called for urgent action against the Zika virus on Jan. 27 as the World Health Organization predicted the mosquito-borne scourge will likely spread across the Americas.

The virus, which is linked to the birth defect microecephaly, where babies are born with unusually small heads, has been reported in more than 20 countries so far.

Earlier this week, health officials in El Salvador were warning women to avoid pregnancy until at least 2018 and Health Canada is advising women who are pregnant to avoid travel to infected areas.

Diagnosing malaria: U of T startup developing “practical, fast and affordable solution”

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With mobile technology common in areas where malaria is endemic, students create app to detect disease
Author: 
Carolyn Morris

Malaria is among the leading causes of death in many developing countries. But detecting the disease is an uncertain art, prone to human error.

A new, student-led startup at the University of Toronto aims to take the guesswork out of detecting malaria with smartphone lens attachments and image-recognition software.

Faculty of Medicine writer Carolyn Morris spoke with one of the co-founders, Fatema Chowdhury, to find out more about the endeavor.

Health minister says drug costs are “way out of control” but change is on the way

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Dr. Jane Philpott brings years of U of T experience to a crucial cabinet position
Author: 
Alan Christie

Dr. Jane Philpott would love to be in Addis Ababa in a few weeks to see the first students graduate from a family medicine program she was instrumental in establishing while at the University of Toronto.

Unfortunately, she will have to miss the graduation. She is too busy running Canada’s health-care system.

Behind the scenes of Canada's first hand/arm transplant

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Work by U of T team means “this type of surgery will be available to more Canadians”
Author: 
Liam Mitchell

The surgery itself may have taken 14 hours, but the planning for it began five years earlier.

A 49-year-old woman received a new hand and forearm through a still rare type of surgery performed at UHN’s Toronto Western Hospital.

Known as Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation (VCA) it’s an emerging field of surgery that blends transplant surgery and microsurgery.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau backs commercialization of stem cell research by U of T and partners

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Researchers are “pushing the frontiers of science and innovation,” Trudeau says, but “we must do more to prevent diseases.”
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Alan Christie, with files from Tyler Irving

Regenerative medicine is the way of the future for Canadian health care, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says, and two new initiatives are helping strengthen the commitment of U of T and its partners to stem cell research and manufacturing.

Trudeau announced at the MaRS Discovery District on Jan. 13 that the federal government will give a $20 million grant to the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM) to establish and operate a new Centre for Advanced Therapeutic Cell Technologies.

Canada's first hand, forearm transplant takes 18 U of T surgeons and five years of planning

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University Health Network team included surgeons, ethicists, lawyers, psychologists, social workers and physical therapists
Author: 
Liam Mitchell

It was a 14-hour marathon and a Canadian first: 18 surgeons from the University of Toronto – aided by a multidisciplinary UHN team that included anesthesiologists, psychiatrists, pharmacists, nurses and other health care professionals – attached the upper limb from a donor to a suitable recipient. 

Carolyn Bennett talks with U of T News

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Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs on the importance of “giving a voice to people who don’t have a voice”
Author: 
Alan Christie

When Carolyn Bennett announced a federal inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls she was wearing a t-shirt that proclaimed “honour our sisters.”

Bennett, named Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs after the Oct. 19, 2015 election, has been honouring her sisters ever since her days as a student at the University of Toronto and for most of her adult life as a doctor and advocate not only for women but for those in poverty – “giving a voice to people who don’t have a voice,” she says.

U of T startup uses anti-inflammatory coating to ensure your body won't reject medical implants

Author: 
Erin Vollick

From screws and plates for broken bones to metal hips and dental implants, every day thousands of people undergo surgeries to implant medical devices in the body.

But sometimes their immune systems respond by attacking these foreign objects.

For some patients, this inflammatory response can be controlled by drugs. Others will experience device failure.

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