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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 2008

    • Hernia surgery wait times increase risk for infants and young children
    • Universal access to chicken pox vaccine reduces burden on Ontario’s health care system
    • Increasing access to antiplatelet drug improves cardiovascular outcomes
    • Study finds significant regional variation in rates of diagnostic imaging across Ontario
    • New cancer surgery atlas maps variations in patterns of care in Ontario
  • November 2008

    • High risk of motor vehicle collisions for dementia patients on psychotropic medications
    • Study questions the effectiveness of colonoscopy for the upper colon
    • Tiotropium associated with improved survival in patients with COPD
    • Free flu shots linked to fewer deaths and demands on the healthcare system in Ontario
    • Prescribing patterns linked to age of heart attack survivors and to physician characteristics
  • October 2008

    • Warfarin underused by patients at high risk for stroke
    • Statin use in elderly patients linked to higher risk of delirium after surgery
    • Attendance at diabetes education centres associated with access to regular primary care
    • Study finds disparities in access to diagnostic imaging services among elderly Ontarians
    • Surgeon's specialty a factor in repeat surgeries for women with ovarian cancer
  • September 2008

    • No increase in cardiovascular risk detected for kidney donors in years following donation
    • Seriously ill hospitalized patients unaffected by SARS restrictions in Toronto
    • Flexible sigmoidoscopy of limited benefit in screening for cancers of the proximal colon
    • Mechanically ventilated patients benefit from early tracheostomy
    • Study shows epidural anaesthesia only slightly improves postoperative survival
  • July/August 2008

    • More family physicians needed to reduce visits to Ontario's emergency departments
    • Study identifies hospital and patient variables associated with early vs. late stroke fatalities
    • Ethnic minorities with diabetes less likely to receive eye examinations in Ontario
    • Indications for and results of CT and MRI scans in Ontario examined
    • Many elderly Ontarians with atherosclerosis not receiving necessary statin therapy
  • June 2008

    • Antipsychotic drugs prescribed for elderly patients with dementia may be dangerous
    • Earlier predictions seriously underestimate the prevalence of hypertension by 2025
    • Women with gestational diabetes at increased risk for cardiovascular disease after pregnancy
    • Distinct age and sex differences evident in medicinal self-poisonings
    • Study finds further opportunities to prevent hospital deaths following CAGB surgery
  • May 2008

    • Rise in prevalence of hypertension partly explained by decline in mortality
    • Children of immigrants more likely to be immunized than children of non-immigrants
    • Study finds risk of serious assault spikes with alcohol sales
    • Some ACE inhibitors less beneficial in treating elderly patients with congestive heart failure
    • Study describes indicators of aggressive end-of-life care among lung cancer patients
  • April 2008

    • Ezetimibe prescribing soars in the United States compared to Canada
    • SSRI antidepressant use during pregnancy not a factor in postpartum hemorrhage
    • Survivors of traumatic brain injury face increased risk of premature death
    • Statins appear to exert class effect in patients with congestive heart failure
    • Study finds regional mismatch between cardiologist supply and demand for cardiac services
  • March 2008

    • Scientists estimate expected survival time for patients suffering from heart failure
    • Study suggests women with vulvar cancer may not be receiving optimal care
    • Heart attack survivors who don’t fill prescriptions have increased risk of one-year mortality
    • Drug history profiles based solely on provincial drug benefit claims likely to be incomplete
    • Prescription cost-sharing adversely affects children’s use of asthma medication
  • February 2008

    • Physicians reluctant to report patients who are medically unfit to drive
    • Women with diabetes experience higher mortality rates following breast cancer
    • Study examines anticoagulation control and hospitalization in elderly patients
    • Benefit of long-term cholinesterase inhibitor use for dementia patients questioned
    • Value of cardiac troponin testing confirmed as a predictor of mortality in heart failure patients
  • January 2008

    • Over one in 10 elderly hypertensive Ontarians being prescribed beta blockers as initial therapy
    • Low colorectal cancer detection rates support the need for an organized screening program
    • Elderly COPD patients benefit significantly from combined generalist and specialist care
    • Long-term statin use may be associated with decreased risk of bleeding in warfarin users
    • Study reveals inequities among Ontario ICD recipients
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