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Pilot study:Type 2 diabetes and remission

It may be possible to reverse Type 2 diabetes in some patients, using oral medications, insulin and lifestyle therapies, according to a small pilot study led by researchers from McMaster University.

The research was published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Type 2 diabetes is typically thought of as a chronic, permanent condition. As it progresses, individuals with Type 2 diabetes often need to use a healthy diet, exercise and an increasingly complex combination of medications to manage the condition.


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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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McMaster alumnus, rheumatologist remembered for sharing love of art

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Dr. William (Bill) Bensen, a nationally recognized rheumatologist who was a McMaster alumnus, faculty member and donor, died March 15. He was 67.

Bill Bensen came from a family with a long history in Hamilton and particularly at McMaster, with his grandfather, father and son, Rob all graduating with degrees from the University.

He was in the second graduating class of what is now known as the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, in 1973. He became a part-time faculty member with the Department of Medicine in 1978 and had held the title of clinical professor since 2007.

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New blood thinner better at preventing recurrent blood clots than aspirin

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An international research team with prominent Canadian leadership has found that the blood thinner rivaroxaban is as safe as aspirin, and more effective at preventing recurrence of life-threatening blood clots in the legs and lungs, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

At least one out of 1,000 Canadians will experience one of these blood clots every year, a condition called venous thromboembolism. The clots can be deadly if they travel to the lungs (pulmonary embolism), and are the third most common cardiovascular cause of death after heart attack and stroke.

Venous thromboembolism is a chronic disease, with risks of additional blood clots over a patient's lifetime. However, many physicians and patients are deciding against long-term treatment with blood thinners because of concern about the risk of bleeding. Some are choosing aspirin instead because they consider it to be safer.

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McMaster alumna to lead new Indigenous Health Initiative for FHS

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The Faculty of Health Sciences is undertaking to establish a new Indigenous Health Initiative in order to better integrate Indigenous knowledge and issues into educational and research programs within the Faculty, in concert with the ongoing work across campus.

To that end, Bernice Downey, a medical anthropologist of Oji/Cree and Celtic heritage, has been appointed as an assistant professor cross-appointed to the School of Nursing and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences to advise the leadership of the Faculty in the development of an Indigenous strategy for the Faculty of Health Sciences, beginning March 15.

She is an experienced health care leader, senior executive, facilitator, consultant, educator and researcher, with a focus on Indigenous health and well-being. It is anticipated that she will be appointed as an assistant professor of the School of Nursing with a joint appointment to the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences.

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In the Media

  • Global National, The Spectator,, CHCH TV, The Centre for Infectious Disease and Policy interviewed Eric Brown (Institute for Infectious Disease Research) about his lab's discovery that the antiprotozoal drug Pentamidine can disrupt the cell surface of Gram-negative bacteria and when used with antibiotics works against multidrug resistant bacteria.
  • Jacarandafm and other media covered the discovery of a new gene that is seen as a major cause of sudden death among young people and athletes.  Guillaume ParĂ© (Population Health Research Institute) worked with researchers in South Africa and Italy.
  • The Irish Times picked up on comments made by Mark Tarnopolsky (Medicine and Pediatrics) in the New York Times noting that it's just unequivocal that caffeine improves athletic performance. It's been shown in well-respected labs in multiple places around the world.
  • In an article promoting screening for colon cancer in the Brantford Expositor, Barry Lumb (Gastroenterology) confirmed the importance of people getting checked for this disease beginning in their early 50s.
  • The Globe and Mail highlighted a new research study by graduate student Anthony Gatti and Monica Maly (Rehabilitation Science) that explored the subtle changes in knee cartilage that occur after running or cycling and offers guidance for people with osteoarthritis.
  • Jean Clinton (Offord Centre for Child Studies) talked to CBC's Metro Morning about kindergarten.
  • A Globe and Mail article featured research using the Early Development Instrument. The first EDI study mentioned was co-authored by Magdalena Janus (Offord Centre for Child Studies)
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