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Health Sciences

In the Media 2016

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December 2016

December 22, 2016

  • The New York Times interviewed Peter Rosenbaum (Pediatrics) about a US project that tasks Engineering students and physical therapy students with customizing toys to adapt them for use by disabled children. The Washington Post also published the story.
  • Knowridge Science Report wrote about two national research studies being undertaken by Hertzel Gerstein and Natalia McInnes (Medicine) that are looking at whether Type 2 diabetes can be stopped in its tracks, pushed into remission, and perhaps reversed.
  • The Hamilton Spectator interviewed several McMaster faculty members for a 5-part series on vaccination rates in Hamilton schools.
  • Knowridge Science Report wrote about a study by Malcolm Sears (Medicine) that found that Children who are thumb-suckers or nail-biters are less likely to develop allergic sensitivities.
  • The Hamilton Spectator, Reuters and other news agencies reported on research by Brad Johnston (Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics), a systematic review of studies on sugar guidelines, which found that most of the studies -- on which the suggested restrictions are based -- have low quality evidence with 'weak' recommendations.

 

December 16, 2016

  • CBC Radio's national science program, Quirks and Quarks, interviewed Lori Burrows (Institute for Infectious Disease Research) for The show on successes and challenges in developing new antibiotics.
  • The Hamilton Spectator spoke to Kathy Georgiades (Offord Centre) about a McMaster/Hamilton School Board student well-being initiative funded by the Ministry of Education.
  • The Hamilton Spectatorreported on two new recipients of the Order of Ontario, Mehran Anvari (Surgery) and Anthony Chan (Pediatrics and Pathology).
  • CBC News carried a story written by Blair Bigham (Family Medicine resident) about software that helps save lives by alerting doctors to crisis before a 'Code Blue' is called. Alison Fox-Robichaud (Medicine) was interviewed. Additionally, several CBC radio stations carried an interview with Bigham about aging and vigorous exercise.
  • Our Londonreported that medical resident Adrian Budhram (Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine alumnus) is a three-time winner of the Think Like a Doctor monthly feature in the New York Times.
  • An editorial in the Waterloo Record raised the question 'Should donations pay for doctors' in response to a recent article that explored the Grand River Hospital Foundation's recent appeal for donations to bring in another emergency room doctor.
  • The Toronto Sun noted the testimony of Michael Pickup (Forensic Pathology) in an ongoing murder trial in Toronto.
  • The Globe and Mailspoke to Christina Grant (pediatrics) on behalf of Canada's medical community that are disappointed over a federal task force's recommendation to allow cannabis sales to those 18 and over, with some warning unrestricted access could have a detrimental impact on developing brains.
  • 24 hours Toronto quoted Stacey Ritz (Bachelor of Health Sciences program) on tips for essay writing.

 

December 9, 2016

  • CBC 's Quirks & Quarks radio program features a clip with Matthew Miller (Infectious Disease Research Institute) talking about strategies to design new flu vaccines including his research on a universal flu vaccine
  • The Hamilton Spectator reported on John Kelton (Hematology) receiving a Lifelong Achievement Award from the Department of Medicine's Division of Geriatric Medicine and the Regional Geriatric Program Central.
  • The Hamilton Spectator Innovation Notebook highlights research and innovation at McMaster including: Transgender care (Michael Lee-Poy, Family Medicine); prescribing opioids (Jason Busse/Gord Guyatt, Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics); autism medication (Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute); skin cancer treatment (Feng Xie, Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics) and a diabetes video (Hertzel Gerstein, Medicine)
  • In a commentary in the Hamilton Spectator about the paper's recent series on mental health, the author notes that McMaster's Institute for Research on Aging focuses on living safely in one's own home.
  • The International Business Times and the Pacific Standard reported on research by Gerry Wright (Infectious Disease Research Institute) on a bacterium locked away from the outside world for over four million years that has been found to be resistant to most antibiotics.

 

December 2, 2016

  • The Canadian Press/Broadcast NewsThe Globe and Mail and CBC News Network's News Now interviewed Christine Grant (Pediatrics) who was an author of the Canadian Pediatric Society's report on adolescents and marijuana, which expressed concerns about the particular effects of marijuana on young brains. Among the outlets to pick up the story were: The Toronto Star, Victoria Times ColonistCBC online, and radio stations in at least 24 Canadian markets, including Edmonton, Vancouver, Montreal, Halifax, Calgary, Victoria and HamiltonCTVposted its own story on the report.
  • Maclean's magazine highlighted the research of Jennifer Stearns (Farncombe Institute) into the human gut microbiome, in a piece on the growth of the field
  • The National PostWindsor Star, Regina Leader Post, Edmonton Journal, Ottawa Citizen, Vancouver Sun, Canada.com, The Saskatoon Star-Phoenix and Reddit published a commentary piece by resident physician Blair Bigham (Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine) on the issue of families that override the wishes of would-be organ donors. Another article by Blair on whether the public should be trained to do CPR on overdose victims was published by STAT News.
  • The Hamilton Community News reported on a questionnaire developed by Sheila Samaan (Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences) that identifies methadone patients who have a high risk of relapsing.
  • The Waterloo Record wrote about a campaign that aims to raise funds for new ER doctors at Grand River Hospital that they hope will attract medical residents.  Grand River currently has one ER resident from McMaster.
  • The Hamilton Spectator published a column about McMaster Nursing graduate and former faculty member Susan Smith and her 19 years working in Mexico to improve the lives of impoverished Indigenous women in a mountain village.

 

November 2016

November 25, 2016

  • CTV's investigative program, W5, featured the research of Parminder Raina (director of the McMaster-based Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging) in a piece on how research is improving the prospects for healthy aging. Several CTV outlets picked up a condensed version of the story for their news broadcasts.
  • The Globe and Mail prominently featured the research of Matthew Miller (Institute for Infectious Disease Research) in an explanatory package on the search for a universal flu vaccine in its premier feature space, Folio. CTV's Your Morning also interviewed Miller on the topic. 
  • The Globe and Mail published a condensed version of the Convocation address that honorary degree recipient Lawrence Hill (Faculty of Health Sciences) delivered last week, defending women's rights. The Toronto Star published a story about the widespread, positive social media reaction to the column, together with the previously published Hamilton Spectator photo of Hill delivering the address.
  • The Hamilton Spectator interviewed MD student Christine MacCauley about a family portrait day for Hamilton newcomers at the Hamilton Urban Core organized by Medical students with the group MacHealthDNA.
  • The Waterloo Record reported on a new online educational tool for health care learners focused on transgender health, a partnership between the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine and the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy.
  • Christina Grant (Pediatrics) spoke to The Toronto Star about pediatricians wanting age restrictions on legal pot to protect youth if the federal government follows through on its plan to legalize recreational marijuana next year. The Canadian Press story was picked up by several media outlets. 
  • The Hamilton Spectator published a story about the possibility of a McMaster research partnership with the City of Hamilton in the opening of a safe injection site for intravenous drug users.
  • Mac Nursing grad Tracy Kitch '86 was included in a story in The Financial Post about Canada's 100 Most Powerful Women 2016: PwC Public Sector Leaders Awards
  • The Victoria News profiled MD grad Dr. Jennifer Robinson '04 in a day in the life of a plastic surgeon.
  • The Spruce Grove Examiner reported on MD grad Dr. Paul Humphries '77, '79 who received the Alberta College of Family Physicians'(ACFP) Family Physician of the Year Award, as well as the College of Family Physicians Canada's (CFPC) Ian McWhinney Family Medicine Education Award. 
  • Several McMaster faculty members and their research were profiled in a Globe and Mail supplement on healthy aging including: Mark Tarnopolosky and Stu Phillips, Maureen Markle-Reid and Ruta Valaitis, Brenda Vrkljan and Jessica Gish, Parminder Raina and John Lavis, and Matthew Woolhouse
    The Hamilton Spectator ran a six-part series called Peace of Mind about mental health in Hamilton.  Several faculty members in Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences were interviewed.

 

November 18, 2016

  • CBC.ca published an article by McMaster MD grad Blair Bingham '15 aboutdefibrillator-equipped drones which could get to a patient faster than emergency services and could increase survival rates.
  • The Waterloo Region Record wrote about a new educational tool focused on health care for transgender patients, aprogram that is a joint project between the local campus of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine and the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy.
  • Jason Busse (National Pain Centre) was interviewed by the Hamilton Spectator about Hamilton being one of the Top 10 sites for users of prescription opioids, twice Ontario's average.
  • The Daily Mail reported on Lauren Griffith's (Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics) research that showed that middle-age adults living with a combination of arthritis, heart disease or diabetes, and depression are more likely to experience disability and limited involvement in society.
  • Reuters interviewed Jackie Bosch (Populations Health Research Institute) about her research which showed that taking medicines to lower blood pressure and cholesterol failed to prevent cognitive and functional declines in older adults with moderate risk of heart disease. 
  • The Montreal Gazette reported that The University of Montreal has instituted the CASPer screening tool developed at McMaster for medicine and health sciences applicants.
  • The Ladysmith Chronicle interviewed midwifery grad Yvanne Faught '05 about the need for more midwives in Ladysmith, BC.
  • Mention was made in a Postmedia article about universitiesdismantling ivory towers, about McMaster's downtown medical centre where med students are getting a hands-on education providing health services to some 16,000 city residents who don't have a family doctor.
  • MetroNews Ottawa and several Canadian business media reported on Turnstone Biologics, Inc. receiving $55.8 million in funding. Brian Lichty (pathology and Molecular Medicine) is a co-founder of the start up company.

 

November 11, 2016

  • CBC Hamilton interviewed Karun Singh (Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute) about his research findings that point to a gene on a strand of protein that impacts brain cells forming connections during development giving a greater understanding to autism's root case.
  • Several medical science websites including Life Science Daily reported on Feng Xie's (Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics) research that found that immunotherapy treatments improve survival for patients diagnosed with cutaneous melanoma.
  • The Wall Street Journal interviewed P.J. Devereaux (Surgery) about the benefits of faster surgery for hip fractures including better recoveries, lower mortality rates and fewer complications.
  • Cogeco TV Niagara reported on an original play produced by McMaster medical students (Niagara campus) that examines the gaps in health care delivery experienced by many in the Niagara community including homelessness.
  • CTV interviewed Mark Loeb (Pathology and Molecular Medicine) about new research that shows that 'serial' flu shots may limit the body's ability to fight virus in future.
  • Jason Busse (MGD National Pain Centre) spoke to the Globe and Mail in an article about taking high-dose opioids off the market.
  • Norm Buckley (MGD Institute for Pain Research and Care) spoke to CBC.ca about liquid Fentanyl that was confiscated by police in Hamilton.
  • The Globe and Mail spoke to Norm Buckley (MGD Institute for Pain Research and Care) about the CPSOs role in investigating opioid-prescribing physicians flagged by the MHLTC, saying it is an unfortunate strategy for the college to have taken because it's going to create a lot of conflict when enlisting collaboration would be better.

 

November 4, 2016

  • The Ottawa Citizen and others reported on Turnstone Biologics Inc., securing $41.4 million U.S. in new private investments. Dr. Brian Lichty (Pathology and Molecular Medicine) is a founding member or Turnstone.
  • The Toronto Star and Waterloo Region Record published a commentary piece by Michel Grignon (Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis) about the high number of preventable collisions between vehicles and pedestrians, emphasizing the high number of seniors who are struck while walking.
  • Norm Buckley's (National Pain Centre) review of Nova Scotia's drug prescription monitoring program was detailed in that province's The Chronicle Herald News, CBC News and newscasts of CBH-FM and CJNI-FM in Halifax.
  • Zena Samaan's (Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences) newly developed questionnaire to test methadone patients for high risk of relapsing was mentioned on CHML.
  • Feng Xie's (Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics) finding that immunotherapy may be the best therapy for some melanoma cancers was published by Reuters Health.
  • Research showing the risk of heart attack of working out while emotionally upset by Andrew Smyth (Population Health Research Institute) was in the Wall Street Journal.

October 2016

October 27, 2016

  • Liz Koblyk (career counsellor for the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine) took part in a panel discussion on the rise of temporary work and contracts on CBC's The Current.
  • A study by Nancy Heddle and John Eikleboom (Medicine) about old blood being as good as new for transplants was featured in CBC News; CHML ; The Times of India and others, as well as more than 18 medical media including Medscape, WebMD and Health24.
  • The study by Jason Busse (Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics) and Mohit Bhandari (Surgery) study about a popular ultrasound treatment to help healing broken bones received attention from the New York Times; CBC Hamilton; STAT news and many other media, including medical media.
  • Nicholas Leyland (Obstetrics and Gynecology) commented on water births for The Globe and Mail.
  • A study on diabetes underway with Hertzel Gerstein and Natalie McInnes (Medicine) was covered by The Hamilton Spectator.
  • Carolyn Byrne (Nursing) discussed nurse training and nursing in retirement homes on CHML radio, after a nurse was charged with six murders in southwestern Ontario.
  • Dustin Costescu (Obstetrics and Gynecology) commented on the safety of birth control pills in a Hamilton Spectator feature story.
  • The Sunday Telegraph Magazine Stella mentioned that scientists from McMaster University recently found that all types of regular moderate exercise slow down skin aging.

 

October 20, 2016

  • The gift of $15 million from Chancellor Suzanne Labarge to establish the Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging at McMaster, headed by Parminder Raina (Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics) was featured in The Hamilton Spectator and other media including AM640 Radio .
  • The New York Times column focused on Andrew Smith (Population Health Research Institute)'s research on the heart attack risks of working out while angry.
  • Norm Buckley (Anesthesia) responded to the new provincial opioid strategy for CBC Hamilton.
  • The Hamilton Spectator called on Richard  Sztramko (Geriatric Medicine)to talk about people with Alzheimer's Disease and their caregivers after an Ancaster man wondered 30 km from home.
  • CTV and other broadcast media continued coverage of research led by Brian Coombes (Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences) about a round of food poisoning leaving bacteria that may underlie later development of Crohn's disease.
  • Handling drug overdoses was discussed by resident Blair Bigham (Emergency Medicine) on CBC's The World This Weekend.
  • A published commentary by Andrew Mente (Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics) on a study about the dangers of salt was noted in theShanghaiDaily.com

 

October 13, 2016

  • CTV called on Andrew Mente (Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics/Population Health Research Institute) to comment on a Harvard university study about the need to lower salt in diets.
  • CBC’s The National continued the reportage of Matthew Miller’s (Institute for Infectious Diseases Research) research moving along development of a universal flu vaccine
  • CBC radio’s The 180 and the Candy Palmater Show, and The Boston Globe/Statnews interviewed Mark Loeb (Medicine/Pathology and Molecular Medicine) regarding his research study comparing effectiveness of vaccines versus the nosodes of homeopathic remedies.
  • The Hamilton Spectator wrote about McMaster’s Nursing Health Services Research Unit’s role in the Hamilton project to open doors to internationally trained nurses.
  • Dustin Costescu (Obstetrics and Gynecology) commented on the safety of birth control pills in a Toronto Star feature story about young women millennials ditching the contraceptive.
  • Research by Susan Jack (Nursing) into educational models for teen moms to continue their schooling was highlighted in a London Free Press feature story. 
  • The Hamilton Spectator profiled the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine’s outreach program which brings medical residents from countries like Uganda to do medical internships in Hamilton hospitals
  • The Hamilton Spectator wrote about Bachelor of Health Sciences student Chris Zhou’s selection as a member of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Youth Council.
  • The Hamilton Spectator published an op-ed co-authored by McMaster medical student Nick Parle, arguing against the growing trend of physicians charging patients extra fees for medically necessary procedures.
  • Hamilton Community News covered the Department of Family Medicine's 2016 Carl Moore Lecture by Evan Adams of BC's First Nations Health Authority, who talked about Indigenous health and self-determination, as expressed through the motto "nothing about us without us.

 

October 6, 2016

  • The Hamilton Spectator, Medical News Today and Science Dailyreported on Matthew Miller's (Institute for Infectious Diseasea Research) research bringing the universal flu vaccine one step closer.
  • Grey-Bruce This Week reported on Mac grad Dr. Bob Severs '79, Chief Anesthesiologist at Grey Bruce Health Services (GBHS), who was recently presented with the 2016 Ontario Anesthesiologists Distinguished Service Award.
  • CBC News (PEI) and CBCT FM (Charlottetown) wrote about P.E.I.'s Chris Zhou (BHSc programme)who was chosen for Prime Minister's Youth Council. Zhou was chosen from 14,000 applicants for the council made up of young people aged 16-24.
  • The Globe and Mail wrote about Mark Loeb's (Pathology and Molecular Medicine) study that will examine whether nosodes work as a vaccine alternative.
  • The Northern Pen reviewed the authobiography "A well-traveled Way," outlining Clifton Way's upbringing on the Northern Peninsula, to his work at the Janeway Children's Hospital, and as a professor of pediatricsat McMaster University.
  • Bill Bensen (Rheumatology) spoke to the Hamilton Community News about ankylosing spondylitis (spinal arthritis), a relatively unknown condition that is easily treatable.
  • The Globe and Mail asked medical resident Edward Maloney to test drive a 2016 Corolla and provide his review on some of the new technologies now available in cars.
  • The Huffington Post (US) cited recent coverage of Mark Tarnopolsky's (Medicine, Pediatrics) research, which was recently featured in a cover story in TIME magazine.
  • CHML radio reported on Emmanuel Guindon's (Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics) research on the impact of taxation and packaging policies and whether it can reduce tobacco use among low- and middle-income countries.
  • The Hamilton Spectator covered Americas Competitiveness Exchange on Innovation and Entrepreneurship conference hosted by McMaster. The event included tours of the Biointerfaces Institute, the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research and McMaster's Automotive Resource Centre.

October 2016

October 13, 2016

  • CTV called on Andrew Mente (Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics/Population Health Research Institute) to comment on a Harvard university study about the need to lower salt in diets.
  • CBC’s The National continued the reportage of Matthew Miller’s (Institute for Infectious Diseases Research) research moving along development of a universal flu vaccine
  • CBC radio’s The 180 and the Candy Palmater Show, and The Boston Globe/Statnews interviewed Mark Loeb (Medicine/Pathology and Molecular Medicine) regarding his research study comparing effectiveness of vaccines versus the nosodes of homeopathic remedies.
  • The Hamilton Spectator wrote about McMaster’s Nursing Health Services Research Unit’s role in the Hamilton project to open doors to internationally trained nurses.
  • Dustin Costescu (Obstetrics and Gynecology) commented on the safety of birth control pills in a Toronto Star feature story about young women millennials ditching the contraceptive.
  • Research by Susan Jack (Nursing) into educational models for teen moms to continue their schooling was highlighted in a London Free Press feature story. 
  • The Hamilton Spectator profiled the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine’s outreach program which brings medical residents from countries like Uganda to do medical internships in Hamilton hospitals
  • The Hamilton Spectator wrote about Bachelor of Health Sciences student Chris Zhou’s selection as a member of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Youth Council.
  • The Hamilton Spectator published an op-ed co-authored by McMaster medical student Nick Parle, arguing against the growing trend of physicians charging patients extra fees for medically necessary procedures.
  • Hamilton Community News covered the Department of Family Medicine's 2016 Carl Moore Lecture by Evan Adams of BC's First Nations Health Authority, who talked about Indigenous health and self-determination, as expressed through the motto "nothing about us without us.

 

October 6, 2016

  • The Hamilton Spectator, Medical News Today and Science Dailyreported on Matthew Miller's (Institute for Infectious Diseasea Research) research bringing the universal flu vaccine one step closer.
  • Grey-Bruce This Week reported on Mac grad Dr. Bob Severs '79, Chief Anesthesiologist at Grey Bruce Health Services (GBHS), who was recently presented with the 2016 Ontario Anesthesiologists Distinguished Service Award.
  • CBC News (PEI) and CBCT FM (Charlottetown) wrote about P.E.I.'s Chris Zhou (BHSc programme)who was chosen for Prime Minister's Youth Council. Zhou was chosen from 14,000 applicants for the council made up of young people aged 16-24.
  • The Globe and Mail wrote about Mark Loeb's (Pathology and Molecular Medicine) study that will examine whether nosodes work as a vaccine alternative.
  • The Northern Pen reviewed the authobiography "A well-traveled Way," outlining Clifton Way's upbringing on the Northern Peninsula, to his work at the Janeway Children's Hospital, and as a professor of pediatricsat McMaster University.
  • Bill Bensen (Rheumatology) spoke to the Hamilton Community News about ankylosing spondylitis (spinal arthritis), a relatively unknown condition that is easily treatable.
  • The Globe and Mail asked medical resident Edward Maloney to test drive a 2016 Corolla and provide his review on some of the new technologies now available in cars.
  • The Huffington Post (US) cited recent coverage of Mark Tarnopolsky's (Medicine, Pediatrics) research, which was recently featured in a cover story in TIME magazine.
  • CHML radio reported on Emmanuel Guindon's (Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics) research on the impact of taxation and packaging policies and whether it can reduce tobacco use among low- and middle-income countries.
  • The Hamilton Spectator covered Americas Competitiveness Exchange on Innovation and Entrepreneurship conference hosted by McMaster. The event included tours of the Biointerfaces Institute, the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research and McMaster's Automotive Resource Centre. 

 

September 2016

September 29, 2016

  • Three studies were highlighted in The Hamilton Spectator's Innovation Notebook column on September 24: Internet addiction (Michael Van Ameringen/Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences); Fighting brain cancer (Sheila Singh, SSCRI); Improving insulin response (Thomas Hawke/Pathology and Molecular Medicine).
  • Two studies and an appointment notice were highlighted in The Hamilton Spectator's Innovation Notebook column on September 29: Tobacco pricing (Emmanuel Guindon/Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics); Preemies as adults (Katherine Morrison/Mac-Obesity); National health advisors (Judah Denburg/Medicine) and (Warren Foster/Obstetrics and Gynecology).
  • Hertzel Gerstein (Medicine) was quoted in a Readers Digest article about healthy eating habits to control diabetes.
  • The Hamilton Spectator published a profile of McMaster University in a timeline of major events in Hamilton history, highlighting Michael G. DeGroote's significant gift in 2003, and Sandra Witelson's (Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences) research on Einstein's brain.
  • The Regina Leader Post interviewed Adeel Safdar (Pediatrics) for a story about the devastating impact of mitochondrial disease.
  • CBC News Ottawa interviewed Gary Chaimowitz (Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences) who testified in a trial in defence of a not criminally responsible verdict.
  • The Sudbury Star wrote about (Medical Sciences) grad Jason Sutherland becoming the new North East LHIN primary care lead for the Sudbury/Manitoulin/Parry Sound sub-region.
  • A McMaster study using acupuncture to reduce lymphedema was mentioned in an article in the Daily Mail about using green dye to reveal early signs of the condition.
  • The Welland Tribune noted that recent MDgrad Kelly Maracle, the newest member of the Port Colborne Family Health organization, was introduced to city council Monday night.

September 22, 2016

  • HealthDay wrote about a study presented by Michael Van Ameringen (Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences) that indicates internet addiction may signal other mental health problems in college-aged students. The story was picked up by several media outlets including CBS, Nature World News, Science Daily, the Mirror.
  • CTV's Your Morning news magazine program invited Eric Brown (Institute for Infectious Disease Research) to its studios to discuss his work to overcome antibiotic resistance by finding new uses for existing drugs. Brown was also a guest on several CBC radio morning shows.
  • The Hamilton Spectator reported on Andrew McArthur (Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences) being named to lead a national consortium of researchers using big data to study antimicrobial resistance.
  • CBC Radio's national news show The World at Six and CBC News online interviewed Hertzel Gerstein (Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics) about fresh doubts about whether conventional treatment for high blood sugar in patients with Type 2 diabetes is actually supported by evidence.
  • The National Post interviewed Catherine Hayward (Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Health Sciences) about the array of opportunities in bioscience for a feature in its special report on higher education.
  • Reuters interviewed Guillaume Pare (Pathology and Molecular Medicine) about a new study comparing a meditation retreat with just relaxing in the same locale, both options improving stress regulation, immune function and other cellular markers in the blood.
  • The Globe and Mail published a column about research by psychologist Kathy Georgiades (McMaster's Offord Centre for Child Studies) who is studying the incidence of bullying in schools with mainly white, Canadian-born populations and at schools with mainly newcomers from African and Asian countries, and finding far less bullying at the latter.
  • The Ottawa Citizen highlighted the promise of research by Brian Lichty (Pathology and Molecular Medicine) and others in using viruses to fight cancer in a story about how venture capitalists are investing in such research.
  • VICE News, The Hamilton Spectator and CHML radio reported on a new study led by Nikhil Pai (Pediatrics) testing the effectiveness of fecal transplantation for children with inflammatory bowel disease. The study will weigh the potential advantages of introducing beneficial gut bacteria into children with IBD.
  • The Timmons Daily Press wrote about a study run by Gina Agarwal (Family Medicine) that sees paramedics running wellness clinics that have a high volume for EMS calls.
  • The Hamilton Spectator interviewed Lori Regenstreif (Family Medicine) about the city's proposal for safe injection sites for intravenous drug users to be set up in Hamilton.
  • Maclean's interviewed first-year medical resident Tara Riddell who started a blog for physicians in an attempt to encourage doctors to talk about their problems and highlight programs designed to improve mental health. 
  • The Hamilton Spectator highlighted Cathy Morris (Health Sciences) earning the 2016 John C. Sibley Award for excellence in education by a part-time faculty member.

September 15, 2016

  • The Wall Street Journal talked to Mark Loeb (IIDR) and reported on his study comparing a nasal flu vaccine with a flu shot.
  • CBC's The National and CBC News online produced substantial features focusing on research by Eric Brown (Institute for Infectious Disease Research) to increase the range of viable antibiotics by finding new uses for existing medications.
  • The Montreal Gazette and CHML reported on Andrew McArthur's (Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences) two bioresearch projects receiving federal funding through Genome Canada's 2015 Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Competition, a partnership with Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
  • The Globe and Mail reported on a comprehensive new report published in the Lancet that aims to settle the long-brewing debate over the benefits of statins, which are designed to lower cholesterol.Salim Yusuf (PHRI) was a coauthor on the review.
  • Reuters spoke to Laura Purcell (Pediatrics) about teens needing the coordinated care of specialists for sports concussions.
  • CHCH TV interviewed Jeff Pernica (Pediatrics) about vaccine requirements to avoid the back-to-school "scramble" and new HPV vaccines being offered in schools.
  • The Hamilton Spectator profiled Sarah Holden, an event planner with the McMaster Health Forum, as part of its Young Professionals series.
  • Our London highlighted McMaster nursing grad Justine Chadillion's singing career.
  • Metro News spoke to Lionel Mandell (professor Emeritus, Medicine) about community-acquired pneumonia and how serious Hillary Clinton's condition might be..
  • Research by Brad Johnston (Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics) was mentioned in an article on Marketwatch about how food ads can negatively impact a child's diet.

September 8, 2016

  • Time magazine's cover story, The New Science of Exercise, prominently featured Mark Tarnopolsky (Medicine) and Martin Gibala (Kinesiology).
  • CBC Hamilton posted a story looking at the 30-year history of McMaster's study of a cohort of 100 premature babies and how their birth circumstances have affected their lives. The story featured Katherine Morrison (Pediatrics), the current leader of the longitudinal study begun by Saroj Saigal.
  • 610 CKTB radio interviewed Mark Loeb (Pathology and Molecular Medicine) about a study published earlier that found a flu nasal spray provides similar protection as flu shot.
  • iNews880.com, the Montreal Gazette, and 640am reported on the Terry Fox Research Institute team grants tackling glioblastoma that occurs in adults. Sheila Singh (SSCRI) is leading three research projects with colleagues at University of Toronto.
  • A CBC News piece noted the website address for a clinical guide to probiotic supplements which was developed at McMaster.
  • McMaster's Niagara Regional Campus of the medical school is credited with drawing an influx of medical specialists to work in the Niagara Region in a story by the St. Catharines Standard and the Niagara Review.
  • The Globe and Mail published a letter by Edwin Daniel (Emeritus, Medicine) about opioid use working for some pain but not all.
  • The Toronto Star profiled the top high school students in the GTA, including Caledon's Roland Chou and Richmond Hill's Edward Li who are starting in Health Sciences at McMaster after finishing high school with a 100 per cent average.

September 1, 2016

  • The Canadian Press highlighted McMaster research on anaphylaxis deaths in Canada in a report on prices for EpiPens staying the same in Canada - where such prices are regulated - despite a fourfold increase in the US. Among the outlets picking up the story were CTV News, The Hamilton Spectator and The Waterloo Region Record. CHML radio interviewed Joseph Greenbaum (Clinical Immunology and Allergy) about the increase in the price of EpiPens in the US.
  • The New Scientist interviewed Hertzel Gerstein (Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics) for a feature on medical practices that have been reversed as a result of new evidence.
  • The Globe and Mail published a column that highlighted guidelines for prescribing opioids that were produced by McMaster's Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Centre
  • The Vancouver Sun published an op-ed co-authored bySteven Hoffman (Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics) and McMaster medical student Tanishq Suryavanshi, praising Pokémon Go for promoting physical activity.
  • The Toronto Star featured McMaster Health Sciences student Christina Nguyen in a story about homebuyers hurt by the restructuring of builder Urbancorp.
  • Interim results of a study by Stuart Connolly (Population Health Research Institute) on an anticoagulant reversal drug were picked up by the Daily Tribune, Pharmaceutical Processing and several other trade media.

 

August 2016

August 25, 2016

  • The Stratford Beacon Herald highlighted an article from Alicia Cundall, a new graduate of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine on the warm welcome medical residents receive at the Stratford hospital.
  • The express.co.uk interviewed Ashkan Shoamenesh (Neurology) about his research which found that people with high levels of four biomarkers in the blood may be more likely to develop a stroke than people with low levels of the molecules.
  • The Hamilton Spectator published an article about a dance program for people with Parkinsons. The coordinators have partnered with Rick Paulseth (Neurology) and Matthew Woolhouse to scientifically monitor and access the effects of the program.
  • The Dundas Star interviewed Doug Oliver (Family Medicine) about back-to-school nutrition advice for parents. The Guelph Mercury also picked up the story.
  • National Public Radio, CTV News Channel, Global News, The Hamilton Spectator, CHCH, were among the outlets that interviewed Mark Loeb (Pathology and Molecular Medicine, IIDR) on new research which shows the nasal spray flu vaccine to be as effective as a flu shot.
  • The Dundas Star News and The Hamilton Spectator featured Brandon Meaney (Pediatric Neurology) discussing a rare neurological syndrome that afflicted a young boy, Finnegan Danné, who accidentally drowned near his home.
  • The Windsor Star interviewed Arthur Sweetman (Economics) and Michel Grignon (Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis) after doctors voted against a proposed fee agreement with the provincial government.

 

August 12, 2016

  • CTV News Channel twice interviewed Mark Tarnopolsky (Pediatrics and Medicine) about illegal doping at the Olympics, and about legal drug use at the Olympics.
  • The Ottawa Sun and Ottawa Citizen reported on new research being led by Michelle Kho (Rehabilitation Science) at The Ottawa Hospital which aims to test whether critically ill patients can get back on their feet faster by cycling in bed.
  • The National Postinterviewed Mark Loeb (Pathology and Molecular Medicine) and discussed how the Zika virus may pose a smaller risk to athletes participating in the Rio Olympics than what was initially considered.
  • The Hamilton Spectatorand CBC Hamilton interviewed clinical professor of Family Medicine Kien Trinh (Education Services), who is volunteering as a field of play physician at the Rio Olympics, helping boxers when they get injured in the ring.
  • The US News and World Report interviewed Martin O’Donnell (Population Health Research Institute) for a story titled 10 Commandments to Reduce Your Risk of Stroke.

 

August 5, 2016

  • The New York Times quoted Gordon Guyatt (Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics) in an article about a patient’s right to know if a surgical procedure has been scientifically proven to have no benefits and if there are downsides.

  • TVO The Agenda aired an interview with Mohit Bhandari (Orthopedic Surgery) about his research aimed at increasing awareness and screening for Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)

  • The Hamilton Spectator published a commentary piece by retired associate professor Juan Muñoz (Family Medicine) warning about the continuing threats of antibiotic overuse and prescribing patients multiple drugs.

  • CBC Radio (Ottawa) interviewed Fiona Smaill (Pathology and Molecular Medicine) about the hot dry weather and its effect on the threat of West Nile virus. CBC radio stations in Toronto, London, Sudbury and Thunder Bay also broadcast the interview.

  • The Spectator ran a letter to the editor from Mark Levine (Oncology) in a positive response to an article written by reporter Steve Buist and in support of the developments in cancer research

  • The Chronicle of higher Education reported on the push back by a group of researchers against a proposal by editors of the world’s top medical journals to require that data from clinical trials be quickly shared. The group was organized by scientists at McMaster University and endorsed by 282 investigators in 33 countries.

  • CBC Manitoba interviewed Eileen Hutton (Midwifery) about the Ontario Midwifery Education Program’s talks with the University of Manitoba about the future of its four-year Bachelor of Midwifery Program

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July 29, 2016

  • The Globe and Mail quoted both Nick Leyland (Obstetrics and Gynecology) and Eileen Hutton (Midwifery) in an article about women having a choice between a home birth or hospital birth.
  • The Toronto Star and The Spectator talked to Gerry Wright (Infectious Disease Research Institute) about the discovery of a new antibiotic produced by a bacterium that lives inside the human nostril.
  • The Spectator and CHCH TV interviewed Jonathan Bramson (Pathology and Molecular Medicine) about the University’s new Biomedical Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing centre - BEAM for short – opening next year.
  • The Hamilton Spectator reported on a Grand Challenges grant to fund research by Jeffrey Pernica (Pediatrics), who is studying ways to improve the diagnosis and treatment of children's diarrhea in developing countries
  • The Toronto Star followed up with the Toronto District School Board's top high school scholars to highlight their subsequent achievements. The group included two who went on to study at McMaster: Bhavik Mistry (Health Sciences) and Brianna Smrke (Arts & Science).

 

July 22, 2016

  • Media around the world followed up on the global INTERSTROKE study by Martin O’Donnell and Salim Yusuf (Medicine, Population Health Research Institute) that identified 10 risks of stroke are the same around the world, but vary regionally. The media included The Telegraph, Fox News, CBS, U.S. News & World ReportThe Irish Times, The Times of India, News World India, as well as health media  such as Six MinutesOnmedicaWebMD.
  • The Hamilton Spectator spoke to Eileen Hutton (Midwifery) about the new guideline from the Association of Ontario Midwives about home birth safety.
  • Local, national and international publications covered a study authored by David Bulir and Steven Liang (PhD students) and Professor James Mahoney (Pathology and Molecular Medicine) which outlines the first steps towards developing a vaccine against chlamydia. Those picking up the story included CTV, USA Today, BBC, Fox News, The Daily Mail and health media such as Medical Xpress and MD Magazine.
  • A study on the effectiveness of exercise for middle-aged patients who have knee damage has linked to Gordon Guyatt’s (Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics) expert opinion on the results. Guyatt was quoted in The Times, The Scottish Daily Mail and medical publications such as Science Daily and OnMedica.
  • Grey-Bruce This Week, The Lucknow Sentinel and The Wiarton Echo are reporting that Bruce Country and McMaster University will be partnering together in a health risk assessment program for seniors.

 

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July 8, 2016

  • The Canadian Press interviewed Fiona Kouyoumdjan (Family Medicine) about a study that showed the overdose death rate is 12 times higher among newly released inmates than the general public. The Waterloo Record and other papers picked up the story.

  • The Toronto Star published a commentary by Tanishq Suryavanshi (medical student) and Jake Hirsch-Allen (McMaster Health Forum) who wrote that adopting a national pharmacare program would offset the higher drug prices expected with the ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership

  • HealthLine, PBS, WebMD, and other international media outlets wrote about Brad Johnston and Behnam Sadeghirad’s (Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics) study which showed that the marketing of junk food increased dietary intake and influenced dietary preference in children during or shortly after exposure to advertisements.

  • The Toronto Star sought comment from Russell de Souza (Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics) on a study showing a link between diabetes and neighbourhoods that have many fast-food outlets.

  • The Hamilton Spectator reported on McMaster's Mark Levine (Oncology) and Harriet MacMillan (Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences) being named to the order of Canada. The Globe and Mail published the complete list of the newest group of distinguished Canadians named to the Order of Canada.

 

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  • Bruce Wainman (Pathology and Molecular Medicine) has won a 3M National Teaching Fellowship, and his thoughts on teaching were featured in The Hamilton Spectator.

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January 2016

January 29, 2016

  • Fiona Smaill (Pathology and Molecular Medicine) spoke to The Hamilton Spectator about the diagnostic test for Lyme Disease in Canada.
  • Sheila Singh (Surgery) spoke with CBC radio's The Current host Anna Maria Tremonti about surgery done for craniopharyngioma tumours, particularly in response to a documentary about one man's remarkable recovery.
  • Aseel Hamoudi (Obstetrics and Gynecology) was interviewed by Today's Parent about how women should prepare if they want to conceive.
  • Mark Loeb (Pathology and Molecular Medicine) was interviewed by CHCH about the Zika virus which is raising international concern.
  • Mark Tarnopolsky (Medicine, Pediatrics) talked with the CBC in response to a published study saying people can get too much exercise.
  • Yingfu Li (Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences)'s development of diagnostic tests on paper strips was featured in the Toronto Star.

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