McMaster University

McMaster University

Faculty of
Health Sciences

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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#MacMed50: Five decades of research excellence

Teddy Bear Clinic in Niagara. McMaster University has been recognized as Canada's most research-intensive university for the past two consecutive years.

That recognition, in part, can be attributed to the quality, quantity and impact of the research that's coming from its Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine.

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New study may have the reason why heart medication gives muscle pain

Teddy Bear Clinic in Niagara. A study from McMaster University has found a potential mechanism explaining why some people who take drugs to lower their cholesterol develop sore, aching muscles.

The use of statin drugs to significantly lower cholesterol, and ultimately reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, has become widespread and large-scale studies suggest that nearly half of Americans and a quarter of Canadians are receiving or are eligible for statin treatment.

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Study finds polyamorous families face stigma during pregnancy and birth

Teddy Bear Clinic in Niagara. Polyamorous families experience marginalization during pregnancy and birth, but with open, nonjudgmental attitudes from health-care providers and changes to hospital policies, this can be reduced, says research from McMaster University.

It is estimated one in five single Americans has engaged in consensual non-monogamy, and interest in these types of relationships seems to be increasing. People who identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual are more likely to be in consensual non-monogamous relationships.

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In the Media

Pot use a safety risk in some jobs

  • James Mackillop (Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research) spoke to the Toronto Star about a McMaster study that shows cannabis use affects reaction times.

Stunning disparities in Hamilton's opioid crisis

  • Neil Johnston (Medicine), Bill Krizmanich (Family Medicine) and Tim O'Shea (Medicine) spoke to the Hamilton Spectator about data from the Code Red Series that shows disparities between the poorer and richer parts of the city when it comes to the effects of the opioid crisis.

The 100% Certainty Project

  • Alan Taniguchi (Family Medicine) spoke to CHCH TV about a community program using books to help people engage in discussions about end of life care.

Younger Canadians are more likely to try cannabis

  • Jason Busse (Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research) spoke to several media organizations about results of the Statistics Canada 2018 National Cannabis Survey, including CBC The National, CBC Hamilton and CHML radio.

Extracting EHR data to view the patient journey

  • AI in Healthcare wrote about research by Mark Levine (Oncology) that has shown that AI-based technology can reveal real-world experiences and outcomes of patients with stage III breast cancer.

Opioids are not the solution to all post-surgical pain

  • The Toronto Star published an opinion piece by Duncan Rozario (Surgery) noting that surgeons need to assess individual responsibilities in prescribing opioids for pain after many surgical procedures.

Calls urging feds to fast-track cannabis research growing

  • Michael Verbora (Family Medicine) spoke to CTV and BNN Bloomberg about the governments over-regulation of cannabis research.

Does cannabis reduce pharmaceutical use?

  • Ira Price (Family Medicine) spoke to the Vancouver Province about what role cannabis might play in mitigating polypharmacy.

Risk of death not in operating room but after

  • There was further pick up this week of an international study led by P.J. Devereaux (Medicine and Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact) showing that few who have non-cardiac surgery die in the operating room but during recovery in hospital or home. MENAFN, IndiaPost, Japan Today, Jordon Times and Zoomer radio.
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