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Pediatric psychology paper among most cited

A paper produced by an interdisciplinary team of McMaster University researchers from the faculties of Health Sciences and Science has been recognized as one of the top 20 cited articles published in 2016 in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology.

The study is entitled Systematic Review: Audiovisual Interventions for Reducing Preoperative Anxiety in Children Undergoing Elective Surgery. The results suggest that audiovisual interventions such as videos and interactive games are more effective than usual care alone in reducing anxiety, postoperative pain, behaviours and recovery, and improving compliance during anesthetic induction for children undergoing surgery. Article authors are Cheryl Chow and Louis Schmidt from the Faculty of Science and Ryan Van Lieshout, Kathleen Dobson and Norman Buckley of the Faculty of Health Sciences.



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 faculty and students create emergency medicine board game

P.J. Devereaux - scientific lead for perioperative research at the Population Health Research Institute

McMaster University emergency medicine faculty and medical students have designed a unique new board game.

The game, called GridlockED, is an educational tool to help future doctors and doctors training to be specialists in emergency medicine learn system approaches to multi-patient management in a safe, low-stakes environment.

"A lot of learning happens by doing, but other opportunities like simulations take a tremendous amount of resources," said Teresa Chan, co-creator of the game and an assistant professor of medicine at McMaster's Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. "We wanted to find another way to teach what happens in the emergency department in a fun, approachable manner."

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'Champion of palliative care' receives honour

P.J. Devereaux - scientific lead for perioperative research at the Population Health Research Institute

A physician, educator and researcher highly regarded as an advocate for change has been awarded the 2018 Elizabeth J. Latimer prize in palliative care.

Samantha Winemaker, an associate clinical professor in the Department of Family Medicine in the division of palliative care at McMaster University's Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, received the award last week. 

"I am privileged to follow in Dr. Latimer's footsteps," said Winemaker. "I see this award as a message from her to 'stay the course'."

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Blood thinner reduces risk of death after non-cardiac surgery

P.J. Devereaux - scientific lead for perioperative research at the Population Health Research Institute

McMaster University researchers have discovered that a blood-thinning drug, dabigatran, significantly reduces the risk of death, heart attack, stroke, and other heart or blood-vessel complications in patients who have a heart injury following major, non-cardiac surgery.

Every year, approximately eight million people world-wide develop a condition called myocardial injury after non-cardiac surgery (MINS), which refers to damage incurred to the tissue of the heart in response to the stress of surgery on the body.

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In the Media

Nursing students provide free health help

  • The Hamilton Spectator ran a front-page story on students of the School of Nursing providing health care at the 541 Eatery & Exchange on Barton Street East as part of the students' community health placements, interviewing instructor Nina Cavey (Nursing) and Sue Carr (Family Medicine) and nursing students Sydney Taylor and Lexi Pereira. A Letter to the Editor praising the nursing students followed.
Early warning system for post-op patients
  • Canadian Healthcare Technology talked to Michael McGillion (Nursing, PHRI) for a story about SMArTVIEW, a clinical trial with Hamilton Health Sciences to use a new monitoring system to reduce complications and improve outcomes for seniors undergoing cardiac surgery.
Why do we have wax in our ears?
  • Michael Gupta (Surgery) described for CBC radio program Quirks and Quarks how earwax serves many physiologic functions, including moisturizing and lubricating the ears, producing antibacterial proteins, helping the ear's self-cleaning mechanism and keeping dirt out.
Mental-wellness practice must be addressed
  • The Edmonton Journal published and opinion piece by Danielle Bourque (master's of science in nursing) on the need to make mental health a bigger part of health care to affect change.

Antibiotic breakthroughs

  • Gerry Wright (Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences/IIDR) was interviewed for an Outlook piece in the journal Nature about old drugs and new tricks keeping researchers one step ahead of antibiotic resistance.
Gene linked to complex brain disorders found Migraine headaches
  • Bill Brown (Neurology) wrote an article for Niagara This Week about treatments for migraines and the discovery of an entirely new class of drugs designed to block a molecule called calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP), which spikes early in migraine attacks.
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