Health

Fighting tuberculosis, promoting public health: the legacy of Sir William Gage at U of T

Author: 
Nicole Bodnar

It was the biggest public health issue of the 19th and early 20th centuries, known to many as “the White Plague” because of the pale skin of its sufferers, who were wracked by chronic cough, fever and weight loss.

Today, we know it as tuberculosis – a highly infectious disease spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes and spreads bacteria into the air.

Chronic pain after breast cancer surgery: how one in every three women might be spared

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Up to 60 per cent of women experience chronic pain months after mastectomy
Author: 
Geoff Koehler

One in every three women undergoing a mastectomy could potentially be spared chronic post-operative pain if anesthesiologists used a regional anesthetic technique in combination with standard care, says Faraj Abdallah, an assistant professor in the department of anesthesia at the University of Toronto.

New compound may lead to development of cheaper anti-cancer drugs

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Safer, simpler method “can be used perfectly well in a biomedical environment,” professor says
Author: 
Don Campbell

A new compound developed at the University of Toronto Scarborough could play an important role in developing cheaper anti-cancer drugs.

Professor Bernie Kraatz, chair of the department of physical and environmental sciences at UTSC, has developed a new compound that can be used to better monitor the biochemical processes involved with a group of enzymes called protein kinases.

Anesthetics could have long-term impact on children’s brains

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Human trials needed, experts say
Author: 
Heidi Singer

Anesthesiologists and toxicologists are issuing a caution to parents and health care professionals about the use of general anesthetics in children.

In Memoriam: Dr. John Evans

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Statement from President Meric Gertler on the death of Dr. John Evans, President Emeritus of the University of Toronto

The University of Toronto receives the news of the death of Dr. John Evans with sadness at our collective loss, and gratitude for his decades of contributions to diverse facets of Canadian society.

Where hard work meets passion, meet brain disorder researcher Yuqing Wang

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PhD student conducts leading-edge research at Sick Kids, volunteers at distress centre – and became a Canadian citizen last year
Author: 
Jim Oldfield

“Don’t stay in school.” Most kids never hear those words from their parents. But when Yuqing Wang announced she would do a PhD at the University of Toronto, her mother was upset.

Wang’s parents felt she had been in school long enough. They wanted her to get a job and earn money. And they were worried she was neglecting her personal life. As emigrants from China, they had seen too many women struggle to find husbands after years of university.

How much sleep do you really need? That depends: how old are you?

Author: 
Michael Kennedy

If you don’t remember reading about Professor John Peever’s latest research you might not be getting enough sleep. 

The University of Toronto neurobiologist was a co-author on the first peer-reviewed paper to recommended sleep times across the human lifespan. Peever represented the University of Toronto and the American Physiological Society on an international panel of experts appointed to determine how much sleep people of all ages need. 

Doctor of courage: alumnus used his skills to fight for civil rights in America

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Rejected by American universities, Alexander T. Augusta completed his medical degree at Trinity Medical College
Author: 
Alice Taylor

Almost a century before Rosa Parks defied Alabama’s racial segregation laws, Trinity graduate Dr. Alexander Thomas Augusta refused to give up his seat in the “whites only” section of a Washington DC streetcar.

Dressed in his U.S. Army officer’s uniform, Augusta was physically ejected from the streetcar. He railed against this injustice in letters to newspapers and government officials. In 1865, a year after the incident, Congress decreed that all streetcars in the nation’s capital were to be desegregated.

How to treat a leading cause of potentially fatal hospital-acquired infections?

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Try combination drug therapy, new research suggests
Author: 
​ Jim Oldfield

Researchers at the University of Toronto have discovered that Candida albicans – a leading cause of potentially fatal hospital-acquired infections – rarely develops resistance to combination drug therapy and, when it becomes resistant, it also becomes less dangerous.

The team may also have found a new way to eliminate Candida albicans in humans.

Vaccines: world needs new approach, more transparency, say researchers

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“We can’t just have a group of clever people go off into a room and make a decision," says Natasha Crowcroft
Author: 
Heidi Singer

A group of University of Toronto researchers is urging the world’s health authorities to overhaul the way vaccine decisions are made and communicated, saying such decisions should no longer be made behind closed doors. 

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