Category Archive: Delivery of Health Care

Preventable Wounds in Ontario Long Term Care Facilities: A sore point whose time has come.

May 7, 2018

  It is a far too common occurrence in our long-term care facilities – patients developing pressure sores as a result of neglect in the first instance and then neglect in the second, when appropriate wound care is not provided. Unfortunately, the same is true in our hospital system. Making these events, wounds that develop in a health facility, an actionable offence, is the only way that these tragedies will be prevented. It is a step our neighbours to the…

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Time is of the Essence: Apple Watch vs Diabetes

February 8, 2018

Apple Watch is getting good at detecting medical problems.  Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac Apple Watch detects diabetes with 85% accuracy Buster Hein/Feb 7, 2018 Figuring out if you have diabetes could soon be as easy as strapping on an Apple Watch. A new study from Cardiogram shows that by using heart rate monitors on wearables like the Apple Watch, neural networks can now detect whether the wearer has early signs of diabetes with astonishing accuray.  Medical researchers have been on…

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5 Years On: The sad truth about diabetic foot disease

January 13, 2018

It has been 5 years since Travis Hayden-Rowe made this beautiful video celebrating 6 of our courageous patients' struggle with diabetic foot disease. 3 of them have passed away since. The diabetic foot is a marker for death but the wound isn't what leads to their demise. They die of heart attacks and strokes. We need to do more to recognize this fact and treat the factors that lead to this end. The presentation of the diabetic foot should not be just…

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This Stick-on Biosensor Monitors Blood Sugar – No Needle Necessary

December 22, 2017

Source: This Stick-on Biosensor Monitors Blood Sugar – No Needle Necessary | Gizmodo Australia

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PICU Liber8: Dr. Karen Choong and HHS PICU Team set innovative PICU programme free

September 6, 2017

After 2 years of hard work, my brilliant wife, Prof. Karen Choong and her outstanding PICU team at McMaster University Children's Hospital have launched PICU LIBER8, an innovative PICU programme aimed at improving outcomes and reducing PICU morbidity. It will change the way we treat our critically ill children in the years to come. Enjoy! P  

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Low-carb diets may help correct habitual eating behaviours, new study finds

May 19, 2017

A new study, published in the FASEB Journal, suggests that a low-carb diet may help reduce hunger and food cravings, which would explain the sustained increase in adherence and reduced energy intake often seen with this way of eating. The findings are in line with the reports of many people with type 2 diabetes, formerly obese low-carb dieters as well as the results of studies comparing low and high-carb diets head to head suggesting low-carb diets proves effective for weight…

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