Emily Hughes


Articles and Opinion Pieces by this author

Bloody Brilliant! Diagnostic Management of Pulmonary Embolism and Frequency of Blood Donation

This week on The Rounds Table we are covering two important studies: diagnostic management of pulmonary embolism and safety of varying the frequency of whole blood donation. Kieran Quinn and Lauren Lacroix break it down for listeners. Pulmonary embolism represents a diagnostic challenge in the Emergency Department for patients presenting with a variety of symptoms…

Take My Breath Away: Challenging Asthma Diagnoses & Home Non-Invasive Ventilation in COPD

What if you could tell an adult with physician diagnosed asthma that they could safely stop their asthma medications? Or, tell an adult living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) that the addition of home non-invasive ventilation could significantly prolong their lifespan? This week on The Rounds Table Kieran and Ariel discuss two thought provoking…

CANVASsing for Healthy Hearts: Canakinumab for Atherosclerosis and Canaglifozin for Cardiovascular Risk Reduction

This week on The Rounds Table we’re deepening our understanding of cardiovascular disease management through covering two exciting new articles. Kieran and Paxton break it down for listeners. Last season we covered FOURIER/evolocumab and the reduction of cardiovascular events through aggressive lipid lowering with PCSK-9 inhibitors. Do treatments that target inflammation without affecting lipid levels…

Summer Replay: Aging Gracefully – SPRINTing to the right blood pressure target!

A recurring question: in the management of BP, how low should we go? This week, Paxton and Kieran discuss two studies that aim to refine the answer. The appropriate treatment target for systolic blood pressure in elderly patients with hypertension is uncertain, particularly for the frail elderly. Kieran leads the discussion on the SPRINT 75…

Summer Replay: We Need to Talk About It – Physician Burnout and Sex Differences in Salary

Physician burnout is a work related syndrome involving emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and a reduced sense of personal accomplishment. The prevalence of burnout has reached a shocking 50% in both staff and resident physicians! Something needs to be done. Ariel Lefkowitz, Chief Medical Resident at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, takes listeners through a systematic review…

Summer Replay: Big Data – Dabigatran vs. Rivaroxaban for Atrial Fibrillation and Association of Frailty with Post-Operative Mortality

It’s big data week on The Rounds Table! When initiating pharmacotherapy for atrial fibrillation, which drug is best? How does frailty influence surgical outcomes? Kieran and Michael Fralick, General Internist at St. Michael’s Hospital, take listeners through two noteworthy studies: When a new medication is developed it is generally compared against standard of care or…

Top Ten: Best Papers of the Year

All good things must come to an end. As the final episode of the season, Kieran, Emily, and Emilio look back at their top ten favorite papers from The Rounds Table 2016-2017 year. It’s a rapid fire episode like you’ve never heard before! See the links to the papers below. We want to thank everyone…

REPLAY: Emergent Realizations – Contrast-Induced Nephropathy & Opioid Prescribing Patterns

Contrast-induced nephropathy is cited as the third most common cause of iatrogenic acute kidney injury. In the Emergency Department, physicians must balance diagnosing life-threatening conditions using emergent imaging with the risk of potential harm caused by exposure to IV contrast. Recent studies, including the one discussed by Lauren in this episode, challenge the proposed causal…

Great Expectations: International Medical Graduates & MD Estimates of Benefits and Harms

Foreign medical graduates are an important resource, and data on their proficiency is important to the public. Jay guides listeners through a study that answers the following: do patient outcomes differ between general internists who graduated from a medical school outside of the United States and those who graduated from a US medical school? Each…

Emergent Realizations: Contrast-Induced Nephropathy & Opioid Prescribing Patterns

Contrast-induced nephropathy is cited as the third most common cause of iatrogenic acute kidney injury. In the Emergency Department, physicians must balance diagnosing life-threatening conditions using emergent imaging with the risk of potential harm caused by exposure to IV contrast. Recent studies, including the one discussed by Lauren in this episode, challenge the proposed causal…

REPLAY – Is Canada Ready for National Pharmacare?

“There is no comparable healthcare system in the world that does not ensure universal coverage of [at least] essential medicines.” – Dr. Steve Morgan on the need for Pharmacare in Canada What would a Canadian National Pharmacare Program look like? We break it down for you this week on a special episode of The Rounds…

Is Canada Ready for National Pharmacare?

“There is no comparable healthcare system in the world that does not ensure universal coverage of [at least] essential medicines.” – Dr. Steve Morgan on the need for Pharmacare in Canada What would a Canadian National Pharmacare Program look like? We break it down for you this week on a special episode of The Rounds…

REPLAY: Testing and Treatment in Diabetes – Taken with a Grain of Sugar!

We’re back this week with Kieran and Ashley to take another look at diabetes and sweet treats. Should current practice guidelines be taken with a grain of salt – or should I say – sugar? Listen to find out! New drugs have popped up on the market for diabetes management, necessitating an update to practice…

When Care is Critical: Conservative vs Conventional Oxygen Treatment in the ICU and the Effect of Hydrocortisone on the Development of Septic Shock

This week’s episode is jam-packed with critical care medicine. What is the effect of conservative versus conventional oxygen therapy on mortality in patients in the ICU? Hydrocortisone on development of septic shock? Kieran and Laura take listeners through two important studies examining these questions. Prior research suggested excessive oxygenation in patients admitted to the ICU…