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The Spectrum of Diabetes care: prevention to rehabilitation

Diabetes care is a journey that crosses many stages from prevention, management to complex care. Given its chronic nature, diabetes requires constant diligence and care, and can present numerous associated complications. It’s also an ageless disease. At St. Joseph’s Health Centre, the goal of the Diabetes Education Program (DEP) is to help patients manage their […]

Protecting your ears and hearing from the “threshold of pain” at the Honda Indy

“Ladies and gentlemen, insert your ear plugs!” While it may not have the same cachet as the iconic “start your engines!” catchphrase that typically kicks off major auto racing events, Dr. Jennifer Anderson thinks it wouldn’t hurt to add a new pre-race ritual to Toronto’s Honda Indy. The ear-splitting roar that emanates from the track […]

#SummerSafety — Food and the great outdoors

Summer is a great time to get together with friends and family outside but there are important safety factors to remember when taking food out into the heat and ways to make a group meal healthier. Here are some tips from registered dietitian Melissa Murray on keeping your food safe and healthy while still enjoying […]

The art of designing health care

Health-care professionals are problem solvers by nature. But as health care becomes increasingly complex, creativity is becoming more of an essential skill for clinicians to learn and incorporate into their practices. That was encouraged at a recent workshop at St. Joe’s – students were challenged to think outside the box in coming up with new […]

Screening taboo leads to delayed detection of colon cancer

Despite having screening programs in place to help with early detection of colon cancer, a new report from the Canadian Cancer Society shows one in two colorectal cancers in Canada are being diagnosed after they’ve spread to lymph nodes or other parts of the body. Dr. Ian Bookman, gastroenterologist at St. Joseph’s Health Centre in […]

$11.6 million gift to fund state-of-the-art Lake House Palliative Care Centre

Hans Koehle’s first introduction to St. Joseph’s Health Centre was 60 years ago ­– and he never forgot it. A moment of bravado in his 20s – he dove into Lake Ontario at the Toronto Sailing and Canoe Club to retrieve a piece of jewelry a young woman dropped – left him with several broken […]

Reducing pressure injuries and length of stay — with food

One of the most important medications you may take in hospital is food. Eating properly helps you recover faster, reduces your chances of developing additional complications and helps ensure you don’t have to come back again after you’ve gone home. A new process at St. Joseph’s is making it easier for staff to have important […]

Q&A with Leonard Benoit, Aboriginal Navigator

Leonard Benoit is a nurse and understands how to navigate the health-care system. But for other First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, concern about stigma, discrimination and other factors can prevent them from coming into the hospital – even at the expense of their own health. Indigenous People disproportionately show rising rates of cancer and […]

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Elderly Community Health Services: evolving a care team to the patient’s needs

Ninety-four-year-old Anne Nicholson has been coming to the Elderly Community Health Services (ECHS) clinic at St. Joseph’s Health Centre for 15 years, and has received care from a rheumatologist, a respirologist, a chiropodist, a dermatologist and a physiotherapist. But there’s always been one constant. “The physician I was referred to from the very beginning, Dr. […]


Avoid “snake oil” sunscreen pills and stick to sun safety basics: dermatologist

Consumers should heed the warning of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and avoid any sun protection products peddled online with dubious claims, says dermatologist Erin Dahlke, who is launching a skin cancer clinic at St. Joseph’s Health Centre in August. The FDA recently warned consumers about companies selling pills being marketed as “oral sunscreen,” […]

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