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Impact Feb 2012

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This issue - identifying systemic barriers to health

Women’s College Hospital is an established leader in research focused on health for women. But in addition, in full affiliation with the University of Toronto, we conduct research that aims to improve the delivery of health care. The impact of our work is felt in our own clinics, across the country and around the world.

This issue highlights a number of recent studies that illustrate how our scientists examine and challenge systemic barriers to health. Through their work, we’re invested in improving health for women and creating better health-care systems for all.

Unpublished research hides data on dangerous drugs
To inform their prescribing and treatment recommendations, the best doctors rely on published clinical trial data. But without the opportunity to review the unpublished data, they may not be giving their patients the best treatment...


Systemic assumptions may fuel new HIV infections
A recent Women’s College study has unearthed evidence of woefully inadequate services filled with discrimination for women living with HIV...


Anticipating an aging population
Today’s health-care costs make up nearly half of Ontario’s budget. With the proportion of seniors in our population growing fast, the costs of delivering health care continue to grow...


International health care revolutionized - Bringing breast care to Bangladesh

After more than 15 trips abroad since 2004 in an effort to help women with breast cancer in low-income countries, Women’s College adjunct scientist Dr. Ophira Ginsburg is back in Toronto. For now...


Pregnant women not taking enough vitamin D
In 2011, a number of studies identified a connection between low vitamin D levels and an increased risk of gestational diabetes. One of these, published online in Diabetic Medicine in December, was led by Dr. Lorraine Lipscombe, Women’s College scientist and endocrinologist and assistant professor of medicine at the University of Toronto...


Gaza doctor recognized for promoting peace

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, adjunct scientist at Women’s College Research Institute and Associate Professor of Global Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, was recently awarded the 2011 Lombardy Region Peace Prize and selected as one of the Top 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre for his work promoting peace and public health in the Middle East.

Known as “the Gaza doctor,” Dr. Abuelaish was the first Palestinian doctor to receive a staff position at an Israeli hospital. The tragic deaths of his three daughters by an Israeli tank shell spurred him to found Daughters For Life, and to write I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity.

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