Dismissed Case Raises Questions On Shaken Baby Diagnosis
Fri, 21 Dec 2012
Scientific knowledge about child deaths is changing, and it has come to be understood there are many alternative possibilities to what's often thought to be deliberate and violent shaking. National Public Radio story.

Cervical cancer screens may offer little value before age 25
Wed, 19 Dec 2012
New research suggests young Canadian women probably are undergoing too many Pap tests. CBC News story.

Evidence Mounts Linking Head Hits To Permanent Brain Injury
Mon, 03 Dec 2012
Researchers at Boston University have found more evidence supporting a link between repeated knocks to the head and chronic brain disease, adding weight to concerns about the effect of repeated mild head trauma in athletes, whether they're pros or peewees. National Public Radio story.

Alberta officials refute pathologist?s defence of ?unreasonable? findings
Fri, 30 Nov 2012
Alberta Justice and Solicitor General officials provided details of how an expert panel was assembled and conducted its review of a former Calgary pathologist?s findings. Calgary Herald article.

Calgary pathologist made mistakes in 13 files, including some criminal cases
Thu, 29 Nov 2012
Justice officials reviewing the work of a former forensic pathologist in Alberta have found mistakes in 13 of 14 cases. Calgary Herald story.

Review finds Calgary pathologist's findings 'unreasonable'
Thu, 29 Nov 2012
Alberta Justice has found serious problems with the work of a former Calgary forensic pathologist. An independent review by the government agency concluded that in more than a dozen cases, the pathologist came to unreasonable conclusions. CBC News story.

Scientists Get A New Look At Einstein's Brain
Fri, 23 Nov 2012
Previously unpublished photographs taken by autopsy pathologist Thomas Harvey of Einstein's brain soon after he died are now available for analysis. National Public Radio story.

Pathologists' takeover of Ontario death probes nixed but coroners still fret
Wed, 21 Nov 2012
Forensic pathologists will likely be given an expanded role in Ontario death investigations that will fall far short of what they wanted. Nevertheless, coroners continue to fret that pathologists have not given up on a quest to take over entirely. Canadian Press article.

Report critical of hiring practices after Edmonton pathologist misreads biopsies
Wed, 14 Nov 2012
A Royal Alexandra Hospital pathologist had little experience reading prostate biopsies before being hired into a temporary position that required reading dozens such tests, says a new report into the case of 34 misread cancer tests in the summer of 2011. Edmonton Journal story.

B.C. review into health errors cast as guide for Alberta
Wed, 14 Nov 2012
The author of an influential report on radiology problems in British Columbia says Alberta is on the right track probing issues with credentialing within radiology and pathology, but has work to do synthesizing services for the provincewide health delivery system. Calgary Herald story.

No Need to Fast Before Cholesterol Blood Test: Study
Mon, 12 Nov 2012
Current clinical laboratory practice calls for patients to fast at least 8 hours before having their cholesterol levels checked, but Canadian researchers report that may be unnecessary. HealthDay News story.

Botched Alberta cancer tests no surprise to former head pathologist
Sun, 11 Nov 2012
The former head pathologist of the Tom Baker Cancer Centre says he?s not surprised 3 cases of botched cancer tests were found in a recent probe of 2 provincial hospitals and a Calgary laboratory. Calgary Herald story.

Faulty Alberta cancer tests came amid plunging staff morale, watchdog finds
Thu, 08 Nov 2012
Three batches of badly processed cancer tests came amid plunging morale and strained relationships between Rockyview General Hospital pathologists and managers at a newly-centralized city laboratory, Alberta?s Health watchdog reported Thursday. Calgary Herald story.

Sloppy hiring at Edmonton hospital led to mistakes in cancer tests: report
Thu, 08 Nov 2012
Slipshod management led to the hiring of a temporary pathologist who misdiagnosed biopsies for cancer patients at an Edmonton hospital. Canadian Press article.

Provincewide standards for pathologists, radiologists, will help protect patients, Alberta health minister says
Wed, 07 Nov 2012
An Alberta review of policies that govern the practices of pathologists and radiologists, specialists in diagnostic tests found all doctors in these 2 specialties are appropriately trained, but there is great variance in how practice privileges are granted in each hospital across the province, especially for radiologists. Edmonton Journal article.

Review calls for fixes to Alberta's medical testing
Wed, 07 Nov 2012
An independent review of medical screening and testing in Alberta has found some inconsistencies affecting how doctors are allowed to do their jobs, but health-care officials in the province are pledging to fix the problems and offering reassurance that patients are not at risk. Globe and Mail story.

Health probe into Alberta pathology errors finds inconsistencies, poor communication
Wed, 07 Nov 2012
An independent review of pathology and diagnostic imaging in Alberta has found poor communication between the provincial health superboard and physician licensing body, and inconsistencies throughout the province on how doctor privileges are awarded. Calgary Herald article.

Coroners fear death-probe system 'sabotage' as Ontario ponders changes
Thu, 01 Nov 2012
A behind-the-scenes struggle between Ontario coroners and forensic pathologists could lead to a major overhaul of the way deaths are investigated in the province. Canadian Press story.

Museum Teaches Anatomy And Disease With Ghoulish Body Part Bake-Off
Sun, 28 Oct 2012
St. Bartholomews Pathology Museum in the U.K. hosted a pathology-themed bake sale. National Public Radio story with photo album.

Health probe into Alberta testing errors due by end of month
Fri, 12 Oct 2012
Alberta?s medical watchdog is still putting the final touches on a long-awaited report probing Alberta?s diagnostic imaging and pathology testing after errors sprang up at hospitals in 3 different communities in less than 2 months last year. Health Quality Council of Alberta chief executive Dr. John Cowell said the report, which was initially expected this summer, is set to be released by the end of October. Calgary Herald article.

Looking For Ways To Recruit Forensic Pathologists
Thu, 09 Aug 2012
Television crime dramas may draw big audiences, but they don't seem to work as a recruiting tool for forensic pathologists. Dwindling numbers of these medical specialists who perform autopsies to determine the cause of death, whether from disease or foul play, have implications for the health care system that don't show up in the plot lines of CBS' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation or Quincy. National Public Radio story.

Skydiving is not always fun, and other life lessons from the dead
Sun, 01 Jul 2012
Being a junior pathology technician at the Medical Examiner?s Office taught a lot about life and was the coolest summer job ever. From the National Post's Summer Job series, tales of that annual Canadian rite of passage for young people taking their first dip in the labour pool.

Forensic Autopsy Organ Retention in Ontario
Thu, 14 Jun 2012
For decades, Ontario's coroners kept the organs retained from autopsies. And in many cases, the families were never informed that the organs had been removed. Now, the coroner is trying to track down those family members so that they can properly dispose of the remains. CBC Radio As It Happens story.

Inside The Lives Of Death Investigators
Thu, 14 Jun 2012
Death investigators ? who can be medical examiners, forensic pathologists, or appointed officials ? work to determine the cause and manner of deaths. In some cases, new technology allows investigators to re-examine old cases and bring closure to families looking for answers. National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation transcript.

Ontario coroners have kept over 4,000 organs from autopsies. Now they?re asking what they should do with them
Wed, 13 Jun 2012
Ontario?s coroners have kept approximately 4,000 organs in storage from autopsies dating as far back as the 1970s. Now, the province is asking families what they should do with the body parts. National Post story.

Ontario college told to reconsider decision against mistaken mastectomy doctor
Tue, 12 Jun 2012
A review board has ruled that a decision to caution a Windsor, ON, doctor who has performed unnecessary breast surgeries was unreasonable, saying there is no indication previous complaints against the doctor were considered. Canadian Press story.

Alberta chief medical examiner solves death-puzzles
Fri, 11 May 2012
A profile of Alberta's new chief medical examiner, Dr. Anny Sauvageau. Edmoonton Sun story.

Ontario's health minister weighs in on mistaken cancer surgery
Tue, 08 May 2012
Ontario's health minister has weighed in on the latest pathology mix-up at Windsor Regional Hospital. CBC News story.

Look Again: The Importance of Second Opinions in Breast Pathology
Mon, 07 May 2012
A correct diagnosis may determine the use of effective treatment (or show particular treatments to be unnecessary), whereas an incorrect diagnosis may lead to treatment-related adverse effects without known benefit. Therefore, proper pathologic classification has clinical oncologic implications. Journal of Clinial Oncology editorial.

Pathology error causes unnecessary lumpectomy
Sat, 05 May 2012
A mistake by a pathologist at Windsor Regional Hospital led a surgeon - who has come under public scrutiny in the past - to perform a lumpectomy and remove the lymph nodes of a healthy woman. Windsor Star story.

Windsor hospital CEO takes responsibility for surgery mistake
Fri, 04 May 2012
The CEO of Windsor Regional Hospital says he is ultimately responsible for the latest error in the hospital's pathology department, in which the test results of the healthy woman were mixed up the with those of a woman diagnosed with advanced stage breast cancer. The healthy patient underwent a lumpectomy and had her lymph nodes removed. CBC News story.

Windsor hospital CEO blames human error for unnecessary surgery
Fri, 04 May 2012
Windsor Regional Hospital CEO David Musyj said a pathologist?s administrative error caused the latest laboratory mix-up that led to a cancer-free woman having both a lumpectomy and four lymph nodes removed under her arm. Toronto Star story.

Alberta officials deny wrongdoing after pathologist wrongly deems toddler?s death a homicide
Tue, 24 Apr 2012
Alberta officials are denying any wrongdoing in a case involving a toddler who was put into foster care for nearly two years following an autopsy that wrongly classified his stepbrother?s accidental death as a homicide. The child?s family is suing the former Calgary pathologist who performed the autopsy, Dr. Michael Belenky, along with Alberta justice and child welfare officials. National Post story.

All Alberta homicide autopsies to get peer review
Thu, 01 Mar 2012
Effective 01 March 2012, the Alberta medical examiner?s office will require that a second set of eyes review all autopsy reports completed for cases involving homicides.

Former Calgary pathologist sued by dead toddler?s family
Wed, 29 Feb 2012
A former Calgary pathologist whose findings were reviewed by justice officials is being sued by the family of a toddler whose case sparked the probe. Calgary Herald story.

Cancer patient loses trust in health tests
Fri, 24 Feb 2012
Pam Carriere was told a March 2011 test showed she had no cancer -- but on Aug. 31, after her pathology test was reviewed, she was told a mistake had been made and she needed further surgery. Winnipeg Free Press story.

CAP-ACP Past President on Pathology Errors
Fri, 24 Feb 2012
CBC Radio One (Manitoba)'s morning show Information Radio interviews CAP-ACP Past President Laurette Geldenhuys about errors in pathology. Diagnostic Services Manitoba recently released a report that several mis-diagnoses by one of its pathologists have been discovered.

I-Team investigates one pathologist's mistakes
Thu, 23 Feb 2012
CBC Radio One (Manitoba)'s morning show Information Radio reports on how a pathologist's mistake turned a woman's life upside down.

Cancer patient wants apology for pathologist's error
Thu, 23 Feb 2012
A Winnipeg breast cancer patient wants an apology from the pathologist who erred in his analysis of her biopsy, which led to her being told she didn't have cancer when she did. CBC News Manitoba story.

Group of N.L. women sue after breasts removed over faulty cancer tests
Wed, 22 Feb 2012
A group of women in Newfoundland and Labrador who were erroneously told they had breast cancer ? then had both their breasts removed ? want the local health authority to send tissue samples from their breasts to an impartial pathologist for testing to find out where the system fell apart and who is to blame. National Post story.

NL's Eastern Health responds to mastectomy lawsuit
Wed, 22 Feb 2012
Nine women are suing Newfoundland and Labrador's largest health authority because their breasts were removed by mistake following inaccurate pathology tests. CBC News story.

Calgary pathologist under investigation named in Alberta legislature
Tue, 21 Feb 2012
While the work a Calgary pathologist did for Alberta Justice is being investigated, the man continues to work for the province, this time for Alberta Health Services. In the Alberta legislature, opposition Liberal MLA David Swann identified the pathologist involved and asked the government why the man is again working for the province while the review takes place, and why all of his case files are not being investigated. CBC News story.

Pathologist wrong in 137 cases, review finds
Sat, 18 Feb 2012
A provincial pathology probe found more than 130 Manitobans were given the wrong medical prognoses by a pathologist -- including 2 patients who were told they didn't have cancer when in fact, they did. Winnipeg Free Press story.

Review of pathologist's work complete; 5 critical incidents reported
Fri, 17 Feb 2012
Diagnostic Services of Manitoba (DSM) has released the results of a review of 3,006 pathology cases of diagnosed by a pathologist, sparked by a routine audit by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba, as well the DSM's internal quality control procedures last June. Out of the 137 cases, 5 critical incidents were reported, such that patients required a significant change in their treatment plan or had a change in prognosis. Winnipeg Free Press story.

Calgary forensic pathologist's work under investigation
Thu, 16 Feb 2012
Prompted by an insurance company's question last fall about an accidental death, Alberta Justice is reviewing the cases of a former Calgary forensic pathologist. CBC News story.

Alberta Justice officials investigate files of forensic pathologist
Thu, 16 Feb 2012
Justice officials in Alberta are investigating the work of a former forensic pathologist after mistakes were found in at least 4 of his autopsies. The unnamed doctor was in Calgary for a year before leaving the job last September. He was part of 426 death investigations, including 13 homicides. Winnipeg Free Press story.

Fighting cancer gets personal
Sat, 14 Jan 2012
Made-to-measure treatments highlight the promise -- and current limitations -- of personalized medicine, which involves using genetic screening or protein analysis to help doctors predict what drugs would work best for a particular patient. Winnipeg Free Press story.

Woman settles lawsuit over mastectomy done after mistaken cancer diagnosis
Thu, 12 Jan 2012
A Leamington, ON woman whose healthy breast was removed in the mistaken belief it was cancerous has settled her lawsuit against the hospital and doctors who operated on her. Winnipeg Free Press story.

Pathology has changed
Thu, 05 Jan 2012
London, ON pathologist and CAP-ACP member Dr. David Driman comments on Globe and Mail medical writer Andre Picard's column Let?s Look Beyond Our Pathology Problems. Globe and Mail Letter to the Editor.

What we should learn from our pathology problems
Mon, 02 Jan 2012
The failings in pathology should not be dismissed as isolated woes; if anything, they are by-products of poor management practices on a larger scale and our failure to ask some fundamental questions. Globe and Mail column.

Yell louder this time
Sun, 01 Jan 2012
Laboratories all over Canada, in provinces rich and poor, have committed far too many life-altering mistakes. The provinces should urgently convene an expert panel to ensure that every province and territory constructs its medical care on a solid foundation of pathology quality controls that are proven and consistent, to the extent possible, throughout Canada. Globe and Mail editorial.