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Media Highlights: April 2019

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How TAVR changed the game

Dr. Sandra Lauck spoke with PHC about the treatment of aortic stenosis before the advent of transfemoral transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVR), a minimally invasive procedure which sees most patients discharged 24 hours after the procedure. Before TAVR, patients required open-heart surgery meaning an average hospital stay of 5 days and 3 to 6 months of recovery.

Coordination between paramedics and St. Paul’s saves lives

In two articles (CBC News, The Vancouver Sun) about a successful resuscitation of a Vancouver man whose heart stopped for nearly an hour, Dr. Brian Grunau commented on the heart-lung bypass machine that was used to maintain the patient’s circulation while the medical team worked to restore his heart function. The use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation has been a primary area of focus in Dr. Grunau’s research program. The story was also covered in The Daily Scan.


New nephropathy prediction tool shows promise

Advancing Health Scientist Dr. Sean Barbour was quoted in a press release from QxMD Software, a Vancouver-based digital learning technology company. The company recently released a point-of-care clinical tool “International Nephropathy Prediction Tool”, coinciding with a publication in JAMA Internal Medicine led by Dr. Barbour that evaluated the risk prediction model used by the tool to predict kidney disease progression.


Kidney treatment services in Australia

Dr. Adeera Levin, CHÉOS Scientist and Director of Can-SOLVE CKD, was mentioned in a story in the North Queensland Register about her review of kidney treatment services in Australia. In 2018 Dr. Levin was asked to examine renal services in Queensland as part of a major government planning process.



Thoughts on calories, sugar, and obesity

Appearing in Food Manufacture, Dr. Annalijn Conklin and a BMJ editorial she authored, was mentioned in an article discussing food regulation and public health.




Homelessness and mental health

Recent research published by Dr. Skye Barbic was discussed in an article appearing in The Daily Scan about homelessness and boredom. Dr. Barbic’s research found high rates of mental illness and brain injury among homeless people may increase their risk of boredom.



Gun violence in Canada

Dr. Peter Dodek appeared on CBC The National during a cross-Canada rally of doctors calling for stronger gun laws. Dr. Dodek, a critical care physician, spoke about the impact of gun violence in Canada.

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