From acute hepatitis in kids to healthcare promises from Ontario’s main political parties, Unity Health Toronto experts offered insights this week into our rapidly changing world. Here are our top media hits from May 7-13.

Ontario political parties promise help on opioid crisis as election looms
The Canadian Press on May 12, 2022
Interview with Dr. Tara Gomes

As the provincial election nears, Ontario’s political parties are vowing to address the opioid crisis. Dr. Tara Gomes, epidemiologist at St. Michael’s, speaks to The Canadian Press about what the provincial and federal government can do to help.

Symptoms linger two years for some; inflammatory protein patterns may provide long COVID clues
Reuters on May 12, 2022
Interview with Dr. Korryn Bodner

Increased contact among vaccinated people can give the false impression that COVID-19 vaccines are not working, found Dr. Korryn Bodner, a researcher in Dr. Sharmistha Mishra’s lab at MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions.

Healthcare in Canada
The Globe and Mail Events on May 11, 2022
Interview with Dr. Danyaal Raza

‘It’s emphasized what we do well in the system, but what we definitely need to do better’: Dr. Danyaal Raza, family physician at St. Michael’s Hospital, speaks to The Globe and Mail about the ways COVID-19 impacted the healthcare system.

‘Be soft, but honest’: Dr. Peter Jüni reflects as he leaves Ontario COVID-19 science table post
CBC News on May 8, 2022
Interview with Dr. Peter Jüni

As his time as the Scientific Director of Ontario’s COVID Science Advisory Table comes to an end, Dr. Peter Jüni reflects on the past two years.

New director of the Ontario Science Advisory Table
CBC Radio Windsor on May 10, 2022
Interview with Dr. Fahad Razak

Dr. Fahad Razak, St. Michael’s physician and new director of Ontario’s COVID-19 Science Table, speaks to CBC Windsor Morning about his goals as he takes on the new position.

Has the pandemic made mental health an election issue?
TVO’s The Agenda on May 11, 2022
Interview with Dr. Thomas Ungar

As Election Day in Ontario nears, what is the state of mental health care in the province? Dr. Thomas Ungar, psychiatrist at Unity Health, speaks to The Agenda about how care evolved during the pandemic and what work still needs to be done.

Why is healthcare key for you in this election?
CBC Ontario Today on May 12, 2022
Interview with Dr. Nav Persaud

Dr. Nav Persaud, Canada Research Chair in Health Justice and family physician at St. Michael’s, assesses the healthcare promises from Ontario’s main political parties.

Should Canadian parents be worried about hepatitis in kids?
Today’s Parent on May 11, 2022
Interview with Dr. Anne Wormsbecker

At least 20 countries, including Canada, have reported unusual cases of acute hepatitis in kids. Dr. Anne Wormsbecker explains what is known about the cases and what parents should keep an eye out for.

Unknown hepatitis in kids
CTV News on May 12, 2022
Interview with Dr. Tali Bogler

Dr. Tali Bogler, chair of family medicine obstetrics at St. Michael’s, speaks to CTV news about the ‘exceedingly rare’ cases of hepatitis in kids and what symptoms parents should look out for.

Postpartum depression in fathers ‘very real,’ researchers say
Global News on May 10, 2022
Interview with Dr. Cindy Lee Dennis

Research shows new fathers are at risk of depression and anxiety, but studies tend to focus solely on new moms. Dr. Cindy Lee Dennis speaks to Global News about post-partum depression in new dads.

Asking For A Friend: Red wine is good for you, right?
Healthing on May 8, 2022
Interview with Dr. Chi-Ming Chow

Though red wine has more benefit than other alcohol types, people should enjoy alcohol in moderation and “not for health reasons.” Dr. Chi-Ming chow speaks with Healthing about alcohol consumption and its association with health conditions.