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March 2011

Doctors rethink hospitalization, suggest that effective elder care starts at home
Dr. Samir Sinha, Director of Geriatrics tells the Globe and Mail about our new Acute Care for Elders strategy and that having physicians do house calls can keep seniors home longer, and reducing the need for hospitalization.

Mount Sinai again recognized as Canada's most welcoming employers for new Canadians
We are proud to again be recognized as one of Canada's best employers for new Canadians. Recently we participates in Career Bridge's internship program as well as TRIEC's Mentoring Partnership program. Our Medical Laboratory Technology and Radiology department participates in a government sponsored program to facilitate the licensing of internationally trained professionals in Ontario.

For Huntington’s researcher, the work is personal
Diagnosed 16 years ago, molecular biologist John Roder is still running a lab and making some progress against the disease.

Pregnancy myths
Breaking down the myths about pregnancy, Dr. Claire Jones an obstetrical resident in Mount Sinai's Women's and Infants' Program tells the Los Angeles Times that for healthy women who have an otherwise healthy pregnancy there is no reason not to have sex and enjoy it.

Soy consumption has no impact on semen quality
Dr Keith Jarvi, Director of the Murray Koffler Urologic Wellness Centre shares his thoughts with the Canadian Press about a new study that finds soy does not have a negative effect on men's fertility.

Embryo ethics: Finding a home for Canada’s frozen ‘orphans’
There are tens of thousands of embryos in storage across Canada. Dr. Ellen Greenblatt, Medical Director of the Mount Sinai Centre for Fertility and Reproductive Health tells PostMedia about why couples may consider donating embryos they don't intend to use.

Look, no embryos! The future of ethical stem cells
Dr. Andras Nagy at the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute speaks to The Guardian UK about his
analysis shows that genetic changes happen as a result of the reprogramming stem cells, which raises the concern that the resultant cell lines are mutant or defective.

Down syndrome families worry about new prenatal tests
Dr. Kerry Bowman, a bioethicist at the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics and at Mount Sinai Hospital discusses some of the ethical issues raised by new genetic blood tests that can be peformed earlier in pregnancy. 

Long-acting insulin provides glucose control
Dr. Bernard Zinman, Director, Leadership Sinai Centre for Diabetes and Investigator at the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute talks about his study published in Lancet that found 
a modified insulin that gets absorbed very slowly works as well as an existing form of insulin to control blood sugar, with lower rates of hypoglycemia.  

Tai Chi hits medical mainstream
A centuries old martial art, historically known for its therapeutic powers, is now making its way into the medical mainstream with a new Tai Chi classes for patients with chronic pain led by Dr. Adam Chen in our Rehab and Wellbeing Centre.

Dr. YouTube will see you now
There are many do it yourself medical fixes on the internet which concern Dr. Brian Goldman of the Schwartz/Reisman Emergency Centre. He warns that people can often misinterpret instructions or get them wrong leading to complications.

Low-key tissue transplants revive lives
Unlike organ transplants, tissue grafts rarely offer dramatic life-and-death stories that hold the public’s attention. Dr. Allan Gross an orthopedic surgeon at Mount Sinai hospital who performed the world’s first knee transplant in 1972 tells the Toronto Star about the procedure.

Better home care and better pay for doctors urged at CMA town hall
At the Canadian Medical Association’s town hall meeting in Toronto this week, Dr. Mark Nowaczynski who recently joined Mount Sinai's Department of Family and Community Medicine and Dr. Samir Sinha, Director of Geriatrics call for better home care and changes to how we provide care for our aging population.

Stem cell roadblock discovered in Toronto; Conversion process making more mutations
Dr. Andras Nagy of the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute of Mount Sinai Hospital explains to the Toronto Star a discovery that has found the methods used to create pluripotent stem cells from adult cells leave the reprogrammed versions with many genetic errors.

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