​Fresh Ontario fruit offered to UHN patients​​​​

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Fresh, local and in-season fruits are served to UHN patients every year between July and September. (Photo: Laura Bernstein)​

Every summer, fresh Ontario Fruit is provided on the patient menu across all of UHN's hospital sites. This annual initiative begins between July and August and continues through September, according to product availability. The kick-off this year was in August, beginning with fresh Ontario nectarines.

Nectarines are in season locally from August until September.

UHN patients will be offered more local fresh fruit into the fall. The next fruits planned for the patient menu are yellow and purple plums. Click here for a calendar of seasonal Ontario fruits and vegetables.


 

East Meets West: Chinese Social Work Professors visit UHN 

Chinese Social Work Professors visit UHN

During their visit, Professor Yun-Juan Yang (L) and Professor Dong-Mei Zhang (R) meet with Dr. Joy Richards and Dr. Peter Pisters to discuss the impact and importance of social workers. (Photo: Tony Cheung)


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After a 12-hour flight, Professors Dong-Mei Zhang and Yun-Juan Yang, both from the Tianjin University of Technology, arrived to Toronto for the first time.

"We came in order to learn about inter-professional education, particularly in relation to the development of social work as a profession. We have heard many good things about the UHN model," said Professor Yang.

Professor Yang explained that despite social work education starting more than 20 years ago in China, hospitals are still very reluctant to integrate social work into the heath care team.

However, she adds that due to the impact of social workers following explosions in August 2015, their role in hospital settings began to be recognized and acknowledged by the Tianjin government.

During their short visit, the two visitors met with various members of UHN's leadership to discuss future opportunities for cooperation and collaboration in education and professional development including Dr. Peter Pisters, President and CEO of UHN, and Dr. Joy Richards, Vice-President, Patient Experience & Chief Health Professions.

The professors also met with social workers from various UHN sites. "I could not believe that you have at least one social worker for each program! We have a lot of catching up to do," says Professor Yang.


 

Krembil doctors draft guidelines for worldwide use of blood vessel wall imaging

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Dr. Daniel Mandell, a neuroradiologist with the Joint Department of Medical Imaging and the Krembil Neuroscience Centre, drafted the guidelines at the request of The American Society of Neuroradiology. (Courtesy: Dr. Daniel Mandell)​

A set of guidelines produced  by staff at the Krembil Neuroscience Centre for use in the emerging field of blood vessel wall imaging are expected to be adopted by clinical staff around the world.

"Awareness of vessel wall imaging has rapidly disseminated, and physicians throughout the world are eager to use this technique to examine patients who have had a stroke," explains Dr. Daniel Mandell, a neuroradiologist with the Joint Department of Medical Imaging who drafted the guidelines at the request of The American Society of Neuroradiology.

For the last 90 years, examination of the blood vessels of the brain has focused on imaging the blood flowing through the vessels, says Dr. Mandell.

"The problem with this is that many diseases live inside the blood vessel wall, not in the flowing blood. So, we developed a way of using high-resolution MRI to image the blood vessel wall."

Dr. Mandell led collaboration among several large academic centres to draft recommendations on when and how to perform and interpret vessel wall imaging of the brain. The recommendations, entitled Intercranial Vessel Wall MRI: Principles and Expert Consensus of the American Society of Neuroradiology, were published in the American Journal of Neuroradiology. 

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