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December 9, 2020

Welcome to the new SickKids.ca

We’re thrilled to launch the refreshed www.sickkids.ca. Our new modern and easy-to-use website features many exciting features, such as an accessible and mobile-friendly design.

December 7, 2020

Preliminary findings shared from COVID-19 child mental health research study

70 per cent of children and youth surveyed reported worse mental health during the initial spring lockdowns.

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December 7, 2020

New universal masking policy in effect at SickKids

Effective today, our universal masking policy requires everyone age 6 and older to wear a hospital-provided mask at SickKids. This policy applies to staff, family caregivers, visitors, vendors, suppliers, and contractors.  

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December 4, 2020

SickKids experiencing COVID-19 outbreak in non-patient care area

SickKids is no longer experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19 among staff in the Core Lab, a clinical testing lab in the hospital.

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December 2, 2020

Sharing our knowledge and expertise worldwide: Meet Dr. Karen Milford, Johannesburg, South Africa

Dr. Karen Milford is a clinical fellow about to complete her sub-subspecialty training in urology at SickKids. Karen shared her fellowship experience with us, describing what this opportunity to learn at SickKids has meant to her.

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December 1, 2020

SickKids increasing scheduled clinical care activity

SickKids is pleased to advance to the next phase, Phase 5, starting Nov. 30. Phase 5 increases the number of operating rooms in service for a combination of emergency, urgent and scheduled care.

November 21, 2020

Our children are not okay: Health-care leaders in Ontario issue warning and express deep concern about new COVID-19 modelling data

New COVID-19 modelling data from the federal and provincial governments puts children and youth at risk. Although children are far less likely to be infected by COVID-19, they are profoundly affected.

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November 17, 2020

SickKids researchers receive $1.5 million in CFI funding to launch unified COVID-19 biobank

The UT COVID-19 Biobank will provide safe, secure and standardized collection of biologic samples, such as blood and respiratory secretions, that are critical to answering a range of research questions about COVID-19 infection across the age span from children to the elderly.

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November 13, 2020

SickKids named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for the sixth straight year

SickKids is proud to be named one of Canada's Top 100 Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc. for the sixth straight year.

Dr. Gregory Costain

November 12, 2020

SickKids researchers show whole genome sequencing should be standard diagnostic test for children with medical complexity

A new study from researchers and clinicians at SickKids shows whole genome sequencing could provide the diagnostic answers families are seeking and open up new avenues for treatment in a shorter period of time.

Dr. Jacob Vorstman

November 9, 2020

Going ‘outside the box’ to explain different symptoms in people with the same DNA deletion syndrome

Even when genetic conditions can be clearly traced to a root cause in the DNA, how those conditions present can vary. A team from the International 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome Brain Behavior Consortium (IBBC), led by SickKids, discovered they needed to look outside the genetic root cause of the disorder to find out why. Researchers say these findings could pave the way for targeted, individualized care.

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November 6, 2020

A new mindset: SickKids’ Mental Health Strategy sets the stage for new pathways to care

SickKids’ comprehensive Mental Health Strategy – the first of its kind encompassing the entire SickKids mental health enterprise – sets the stage to develop new pathways to care for children, youth and families to access the mental health services they need more quickly and more efficiently than ever before.

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