McMaster University

McMaster University

Faculty of
Health Sciences

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McMaster University's Faculty of Health Sciences trains physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, health care researchers, physician assistants and midwives to work together in teams, providing the finest patient care.

Our programs cover the spectrum of health care, including the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Rehabilitation Science, Midwifery, a Bachelor of Health Sciences program and Canada's first physician assistants' program.

We are known for innovating small group, problem-based education, with a focus on self-directed, life-long learning, as well as the development of evidence-based medicine.

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Major study finds one in five children have mental health problems

Mick Bhatia, right, director of McMaster University's Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute and Mio Nakanishi, postdoctoral fellow in the Bhatia lab.

One in five Ontario children and youth suffer from a mental disorder, but less than one-third have had contact with a mental health care provider, says the Ontario Child Health Study (OCHS).

Although those overall results echo a similar study from 1983, the new study found a much larger proportion of children and youth with a disorder had contact with other health providers and in other settings, most often through schools.

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May Cohen documentary to première at the Toronto Jewish Film Festival

Mick Bhatia, right, director of McMaster University's Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute and Mio Nakanishi, postdoctoral fellow in the Bhatia lab.

The name of May Cohen, a McMaster University professor emerita of family medicine and pioneer for the rights of women, is in lights.

A 50-minute documentary about her career, The Gender Lady: The Fabulous Dr. May Cohen, is making its world première at the 2019 Toronto Jewish Film Festival in May.

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Discovery of 'kingpin' stem cell may help in the understanding of cancerous tumours

Mick Bhatia, right, director of McMaster University’s Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute and Mio Nakanishi, postdoctoral fellow in the Bhatia lab.

A team of McMaster University researchers has discovered a unique subset of cells within human stem cells that appear to signal how the surrounding cells will develop and grow.

The discovery of these 'kingpin' cells, named human pluripotent founder cells, along with the process of identifying the cells, is expected to open a new channel of research aimed at better understanding the growth of cancerous tumours and how human stem cells make decisions on what to become or not become.

The study was published today in Cell.

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In the Media

New concussion guidelines for kids

  • CTV News reported on research by Carol DeMatteo (CanChild/School of Rehabilitation Science) that informed a new set of guidelines for return to school and activity after concussion. The website SheKnows posted a story, and she was interviewed by CHML and SiriusXM radio.

Pap spas

  • Dustin Costescu (Obstetrics and Gynecology) spoke to the Toronto Star about HPV, pap tests and vaginal steaming. The Hamilton Spectator, Waterloo Record, St. Catharines Standard and three Metroland community dailies also ran the article.

Model train livens up Braley Centre

  • John Kelton (Medicine) spoke to the Hamilton Spectator about the model train set display created by David Lee of Dundas who passed away in January.

Better aging

  • Andrew Costa (Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact) spoke to AM800 radio about better care and support systems for older adults in health care facilities.

Know the signs of a blood clot

  • Deborah Siegal (Medicine) talked to the Toronto Sun about the need to develop tools to increase the public's understanding about thrombosis. The Vancouver Province, Vancouver Sun, Ottawa Sun and Edmonton Sun ran the article.

Walk with a doc

  • CHCH TV reported on Marianne Talman (Medicine) participating in the global movement that encourages healthy habits.

Quitting antidepressants

  • An article on The Wire quoted Dee Mangin (Family Medicine) about the importance of quitting antidepressants over months not days. The Daily Hunt, Centre Daily Times, and posted the article.

A love affair with meat

  • A RedState article noted research by Andrew Mente (Population Health Research Institute) that showed an overall balanced diet could include red meat.

Growing out of penicillin allergies

  • Healthline noted research by Derek Chu and David McCullagh (Medicine) that showed many people who believe they're allergic to penicillin either aren't allergic at all or have only had mild intolerance.

Is the official advice on salt wrong?

  • Andrew Mente (Population Heath Research Institute) spoke to The Daily Telegraph about the sodium "sweet spot" the amount we should consume to provide benefit. The New Zealand Herald also ran the article. 

ALS drug

  • A St Louis Post-Dispatch article about the drug edaravone noted a paper by John Turnbull (Medicine) that argued infusions of the drug could be both ineffective and harmful.

Anti-aging tips

  • A article noted a McMaster University study that showed exercise is good for your skin.

How to improve your grip

  • An article noted a McMaster study that showed grip strength may be an indicator of overall wellness.
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