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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Canadian researchers find 'silent' strokes common after surgery, linked to cognitive decline

Eileen Hutton is professor emeritus of obstetrics and gynecology at McMaster University and founding director of the McMaster Midwifery Research Centre.

Canadian researchers have discovered that covert – or 'silent' - strokes are common in seniors after they have elective, non-cardiac surgery and double their risk of cognitive decline one year later.

While an overt stroke causes obvious symptoms, such as weakness in one arm or speech problems that last more than a day, a covert stroke is not obvious except on brain scans, such as MRI. Each year, approximately 0.5 per cent of the 50 million people age 65 years or greater worldwide who have major, non-cardiac surgery will suffer an overt stroke, but until now little was known about the incidence or impacts of silent stroke after surgery.

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McMaster researchers reveal the ancient natural history of antibiotic production and resistance

Eileen Hutton is professor emeritus of obstetrics and gynecology at McMaster University and founding director of the McMaster Midwifery Research Centre.

A study from McMaster University has unearthed new details about the evolutionary history of both antibiotic production and resistance and dates their co-emergence as far back as 350 to 500 million years.

The study is the first to put antibiotic biosynthesis and resistance into an evolutionary context. The findings will help to guide the future discovery of new antibiotics and antibiotic alternatives which are medicines that are vitally needed given the current global threat of antimicrobial resistance.

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Home births as safe as hospital births: international study

Eileen Hutton is professor emeritus of obstetrics and gynecology at McMaster University and founding director of the McMaster Midwifery Research Centre.

A large international study led by McMaster University shows that low risk pregnant women who intend to give birth at home have no increased chance of the baby's perinatal or neonatal death compared to other low risk women who intend to give birth in a hospital.

The results have been published by The Lancet's EClinicalMedicine journal.

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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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