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At a Glance

At a Glance is a monthly e-newsletter highlighting key findings of recent ICES research. At a Glance was redesigned in April 2016 to better share our work visually through infographics, videos and news stories. Subscribe to At a Glance.

  • December 2005

    • Certain pregnancy complications may increase the risk of heart disease in women
    • Use of CT and MRI scans increased at a greater rate in non-cancer patients
    • Depression during hospitalization for coronary syndromes can impact mortality rates
    • Study highlights important differences in heart failure care between the U.S. and Ontario
    • Elderly have increased use of EDs during flu outbreaks
  • November 2005

    • Short-acting beta-blockers associated with less cardiac protection for surgery patients
    • Outcomes improving for colorectal cancer surgery patients
    • Social policy changes should better evaluate potential health effects
    • Breast cancer screening less likely in women with diabetes
    • Newer atypical antispychotics can also cause parkinsonism
  • October 2005

    • ICES report identifies most at-risk group for injuries in Ontario
    • Heart failure patients at highest risk of death are least likely to get drug treatment
    • Some stroke outcomes are worse for women than for men
    • Study outlines what attracts urban- and rural-raised family physicians to rural practice
    • Antipsychotic use in the elderly up 35%, but costs up 749%
  • September 2005

    • ICES report outlines latest trends in Ontario primary care services
    • Antipsychotics increase risk of movement disorders in dementia patients
    • Various statins equally effective for preventing recurrent heart attacks or death in the elderly
    • Study demonstrates which groups are more likely to get colorectal cancer screening
    • Obese people at greater risk for GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)
  • July/August 2005

    • Trauma injury risk is higher in summer for pregnant women
    • Population-based study demonstrates striking seasonality of croup hospitalizations in Ontario
    • Osteoporosis diagnosis and testing improvements reducing fracture rates in the elderly
    • Stroke-on-awakening and stroke-while-awake patients have similar outcomes
    • Valproate and lithium cause equally small rate of delirium in older adults with mood disorders
  • June 2005

    • Ontario facing critical shortage of neurosurgery specialists
    • Stopping warfarin therapy after major trauma may increase risk of blood clots in the elderly
    • Introduction of laparoscopic cholecystectomy has lowered incidence of severe gallstone disease
    • Alternative funding arrangements (AFAs) have not led to big changes in ED physician workforce
    • Socioeconomic status not associated with mortality in elderly pneumonia patients
  • May 2005

    • New cholesterol guidelines will cost health care system millions in unnecessary prescriptions
    • Hospital type and delays to surgery impact outcomes for hip fracture patients
    • More neighbourhood fast-food restaurants associated with more heart disease and deaths
    • Certain Ontarians with diabetes still experience high complication rates, despite overall decline
    • Dementia drugs may cause increased prescribing of incontinence medications to the elderly
  • April 2005

    • ICES report identifies how long Ontarians are waiting for key health services
    • Drug therapy as good as costly invasive cardiac procedures for elderly heart attack patients
    • Hospital admissisons in Ontario show consistency and predictability
    • Pediatric hernia surgeries best done by pediatric surgeons or high volume general surgeons
    • Diabetes-related dialysis needs are growing in Ontario
  • March 2005

    • Internationally trained doctors provide same level of heart attack care as Canadian physicians
    • U.S. cancer centers of excellence have lower surgical mortality, but same long-term survival rates
    • Diabetic patients with poor blood sugar control could be better managed
    • Aging "baby boomers" will increase need for life support in ICUs
    • Clinical trials of Alzheimer’s drug do not adequately represent patients taking it
  • Februrary 2005

    • Blueprint for children’s health services needed in Ontario
    • SSRIs do not increase risk of digoxin toxicity
    • Minorities under represented in clinical trials
    • Surgeon specialty and volume impacts outcomes in patients undergoing surgery for lung cancer
    • Single data source could help improve heart attack care in Canada
  • January 2005

    • Potentially inappropriate drugs for seniors available through ODB
    • Alcohol-related hospitalizations highest in low-income, middle-aged individuals
    • Study shows new benefit of statins in heart failure patients
    • Diabetics who manage glucose levels effectively are not as diligent with other conditions
    • Elderly colorectal cancer patients have worse outcomes following surgery
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