A new report by the Centre for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) says restaurant meals are fuelling the epidemic of obesity and high blood pressure in Canada. Read the news release here. The full report, made public on Feb. 28, calls for governments to require large-chain restaurants to disclose calorie counts and sodium levels in their meals. The Canadian Stroke Network has partnered with CSPI on raising awareness about the link between
Archive for February, 2012
The Saskatchewan Stroke Strategy Steering Committee met this month to review the Saskatchewan results of the Canadian Stroke Audit, which formed the basis of the CSN’s June 2011 report on the Quality of Stroke Care in Canada. The audit findings provided support for several initiatives — both planned and under way — in Saskatchewan. The Saskatchewan trip was the the final stop on provincial visits by Dr. Patrice Lindsay, CSN
Learn about new features, added content and updates on the hugely popular StrokEngine website. The site, developed by Dr. Nicol Korner Bitensky and her team at McGill University, provides information for clinicians, patients and families on evidence-based research on stroke rehabilitation. StrokEngine newsletter 2012-1
A new tool developed by Canadian stroke researchers can help doctors predict the probability of brain hemorrhage and death in patients who are given tPA after an ischemic stroke. Patients with high iScores may not have a clinically meaningful benefit from intraveneous tPA and carry a higher risk of hemorrhagic complications, the research found. Canadian Stroke Network researchers presented the iScore diagnostic tool at the recent International Stroke Conference in
In November, Jiming Fang, lead biostatistician with the Registry of the Canadian Stroke Network (now the Ontario Stroke Registry), was invited to visit Tiantan Hospital, affiliated with Capital Medical University in Beijing, to share his knowledge of the Canadian registry experience and to help with the analysis and ongoing development of the Chinese Stroke Registry. The stroke research team at Tiantan Hospital was led by Professor Yongjun Wang, the vice-president
People who have mild strokes do not receive enough guidance on the challenges of getting back behind the wheel, despite studies that show an increased risk of car accidents, according to Canadian research presented at the International Stroke Conference. McGill University researcher Dr. Nicol Korner Bitensky and graduate student Anita Petzold surveyed more than 400 Canadian occupational therapists – the group primarily responsible for driver assessment and intervention – and
The CSN had a strong presence at the 2012 International Stroke Conference in workshops, sessions and on the exhibit hall floor. During exhibit hours the CSN booth was buzzing with delegates interested in obtaining CSN publications such as Getting on with the Rest of your Life After Stroke and A Patient and Family Guide to Canadian Best Practices Recommendations for Stroke Care and A Family Guide to Pediatric Stroke. Other
Abstracts submission for the 2012 Canadian Stroke Congress opens on Feb. 13. Researchers may submit material for consideration as an Oral Presentation; a Moderated Oral Presentation (to be displayed in digital format); and as a Display Poster, presented in a traditional poster-board format. All abstracts will be reviewed by the Congress Program Committee, chaired by Dr. Michael Hill of the University of Calgary and Dr. Mark Bayley of Toronto Rehab.
The Canadian Stroke Network is joining forces with organizations around the world to promote World Salt Awareness Week from March 26 to April 1. This year the focus is on sodium reduction and the prevention of stroke. Worldwide, 3 million women and 2.5 million men die from stroke every year. Stroke is the third most common cause of death in developed countries. Stroke prevention has been selected as the topic
The CSN Professional Development Advisory Committee, led by Halifax neurologist Dr. Gord Gubitz, has been struck to begin identifying expert faculty and partners to help in the development of online educational tools for health-care professionals in stroke. The committee will meet on Feb. 15 to identify areas where there is a need for high-quality educational materials; to suggest potential sponsors; and to advise on the development of courses and materials.