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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Project to answer last wishes spreads successfully

Teddy Bear Clinic in Niagara. New McMaster research has found a program that honours dying patients by fulfilling end of life wishes can be powerful, affordable and sustainable in many settings.

Six years ago the initial Three Wishes Project began at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, when hospital staff asked patients or their families how they might honour the life and dignity of those dying in the intensive care unit. Staff would then help families by implementing these wishes.  

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Antibiotic-resistant infections could destroy our way of life: New report

Teddy Bear Clinic in Niagara. Humanity's defences against infection are wearing thinner by the day, and the microbes responsible are getting stronger.

One in four infections is already resistant to antibiotics and other known forms of treatment, and 5,400 Canadians died last year from infections that until recently had been treatable. That's according to a comprehensive peer-reviewed report presented by the Council of Canadian Academies this week.

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Researchers discover new toxin that impedes bacterial growth

Teddy Bear Clinic in Niagara. An international research collaboration has discovered a new bacteria-killing toxin that shows promise of impacting superbug infectious diseases.

The discovery of this growth-inhibiting toxin, which bacteria inject into rival bacteria to gain a competitive advantage, was published today in the journal Nature

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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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