U of T experts offer recommendations on physician-​assisted dying

This week, two reports were published on physician-assisted dying, both of which emphasize a collaborative, equitable approach that is part of a continuum of end of life care options. On February 6, 2016, Canadian healthcare institutions must provide access to physician-assisted dying, as mandated by the Supreme Court of Canada....

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Free Resource for Health Providers to Manage HIV in Africa

By Heidi Singer Millions of people are now living with – rather than dying from -- HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa due to combination drug therapies. But the vast majority struggle to manage the many disabilities caused by this disease and its treatment. Today, University of Toronto researchers and their partners...

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Well Living House celebrates milestones, looks ahead to stronger future for Indigenous communities

By: Corinne Ton That, St. Michael’s Hospital and Nicole Bodnar, DLSPH There was singing, a Métis fiddle duo, a movie screening and an appearance by Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett - all of it in celebration of Well Living House, an action research centre for Indigenous infant, child and family...

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Professor Jeffrey Reading concludes Interim Directorship of Waakebiness-​Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health

The Dalla Lana School of Public Health wishes Professor Jeffrey Reading well as he concludes a remarkable year of growth for the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health and finishes his term as Interim Director on November 27, 2015. “Jeff has done an outstanding job as interim director, serving as a...

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U of T honorary grad Sir Richard Peto gives global mortality lecture

We are all going to die. The question is when. This declaration kicked-off Avoidable premature death worldwide, a lecture by Sir Richard Peto to more than 100 students, faculty and staff at Hart House on November 12, 2015. Sir Richard received a University of Toronto honorary Doctor of Science at...

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Researchers call for investment in cancer control in low-​ and middle-​income countries where most of the world’s cancer deaths occur

Investments in cancer control — prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment, and palliative care — are increasingly needed in low- and, particularly, middle-income countries, where most of the world’s cancer deaths occur, a paper published today in The Lancet recommends. Of the eight million cancer deaths worldwide in 2012, five million occurred...

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IHPME and HQO’s second-​annual Moonshot event draws enthusiastic crowd, Blue Jays fans

More than 250 students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends gathered on October 14 at Steam Whistle Brewing for a thrilling evening of networking, awards and recognition at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation’s (IHPME) Moonshot 2015 event. “Moonshot is about celebrating our achievements, recognizing the amazing work of...

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Should we routinely collect data on race? Canada at a crossroads

By: Arjumand Siddiqi As a health researcher, I know that one of the most consistent findings on health outcomes is that, on average, members of racial minority groups have poorer health status than whites. This hallmark pattern is largely based on the United States.  In Canada, the story is less...

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U of T public health researchers urge that movies with smoking be 18A rated

An Ontario 18A rating for all movies with smoking would avert more than 30,000 tobacco-related deaths and save more than half a billion dollars in healthcare costs, according to U of T public health researchers. “There is a solid body of research that demonstrates youth who are exposed to smoking...

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Public health leader discusses big data for health in Brazil

On August 28, 2015, Professor Howard Hu travelled to São Paulo, Brazil to present a new research perspective on big data for population health and cultivate partnerships with public health and clinical leaders at the University of São Paulo and local medical centres. “Brazil’s rapid expansion in public health infrastructure...

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