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Saturday was World Pneumonia Day, an annual event to raise awareness and spark global action about the single largest infectious cause of death in children worldwide. Pneumonia, a form of acute respiratory infection that affects the lungs, can be caused by viruses, fungi, or bacteria. More than 740,000 children under five died of this preventable and treatable disease in 2019, according to the World Health Organization, with deaths highest in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Very old adults are also at greater risk from pneumonia, particularly those who are exposed to air pollution or smoking. At UHN, pneumonia is a frequent cause of illness and admission in our immunosuppressed patients, including transplant and oncology patients, and one of the most common causes of GIM admission. We salute all those in our organization who treat those dealing with pneumonia with compassionate and exceptional care.
Today is World Diabetes Day, which spotlights diabetes as a global health issue and a top chronic disease in Canada. This year's theme, "Access to diabetes care," highlights how millions of people still lack access to diabetes care, technologies, and support. According to the World Health Organization, about 422 million people worldwide, the majority of whom live in low- and middle-income countries, have diabetes. The disease, which occurs when the pancreas cannot produce enough insulin or the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces, is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, stroke, heart attacks, and lower limb amputation. At UHN, at least 30 per cent of admitted patients have diabetes, impacting most clinical programs but particularly cardiac, organ transplant, and cancer units. In UHN's Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, patients receive multidisciplinary diabetes care for some of the most complex cases from a team of endocrinologists, nurse practitioners, nurse educators, and dietitians. This is done under the leadership of Dr. Minna Woo, Division Head; Dr. Phil Segal, Clinical Lead; Joanne Zee, Clinical Director, and Jacqueline Cooper, Nurse Manager. UHN is also proud of its leading diabetes research, headed by Dr. Woo as the Metabolism Group Lead at the Toronto General Hospital Research Institute, and the Banting and Best Diabetes Centre, directed by Dr. Woo.
Congratulations to KITE trainee Shaghayegh Chavoshian, whose asthma and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) research work has been recognized with a pair of important awards. After winning the 2022 University Health Network Women's Health Program Summer Student Scholarship Award, Chavoshia was also awarded the 2022-23 Mount Sinai Hospital Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology. She is investigating the factors that lead to a prevalence of asthma and OSA in women that is two times higher than in men. Read more here.
And now, the TikTok of the week. This Monday, we explore the Siri-like technology used by our healthcare workers.
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