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Members of the Department of Pediatrics are often approached by media outlets to provide opinions and commentary on new research, clinical cases and news-making events. Below is a summary of the faculty, staff, residents and fellows who have made headlines this year.




Professor Emeritus, Dr. Clifton Way published his autobiography, A well-travelled Way. Orphaned at a young age and living in rural Newfoundland, Dr. Way became a successful physician and professor here at McMaster. Read thea rticle: From Grenfell Mission Orphanage to Janway pediatric specialist, doctor writes autobiography (The Northern Pen, Septmber 29, 2016).

Dr. Katherine Morrison was interviewed about her research, published in Pediatrics, that found that extremely low birth weight preemies are more likely to develop abnormal blood glucose as compared to adults and have high body fat and lower lean mass. Read the article: Innovation Notebook: Preemies grow into weight issues... (The Hamitlon Spectator, September 28. 2016).

Dr. Adam Flemming was featured in a story about a patient in the McMaster Oncology Program, Karter Ellis, who makes inspiring cancer-fighting t-shirts for his fellow patients. Watch the video: Fighting cancer one t-shirt at a time (CHCH News, September 23, 2016).

Dr. Robert Issenman discussed how stress can result in frequent vomiting and a "nervous stomach" in school-aged chidren, and how families can cope. Watch the interview: Addressing the stress (CHCH News, September 19, 2016).

The Huffington Post (US) commented on Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky's reserach, which was featured in aTIME magazine cover story, that validates the health benefits of exercise. Read the article: Dare to Be 100: It's About Time (The Huffington Post, September 7, 2016)

TIME magazine's cover story, "The Exercise Cure," in the September 12/19 2016 issue includes interviews with Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky. The feature discusses the many benefits of exercise on health. (Time, September 12, 2016).

Dr. Jeffrey Pernica discussed the importance of vaccinations for school-aged children. Watch the video: Vaccination awareness (CHCH News, September 9, 2016).

Dr. Katherine Morrison discussed the latest series of findings in the long-term study, started by Dr. Saroj Saigal, tracking the health of 100 preemies born at McMaster's neonatal unit. Read the article: Three decades later, "preemies" still a part of McMaster study (CBC Hamilton, September 1, 2016).

Dr. Anthony Crocco commented on the increase of preventable injuries being treated at McMaster Children's Hospital Emergency Department due to Pokemon Go gaming. Read the articles: Spike in Pokemon Go-related injuries reported at Hamilton hospital (CBC Hamilton, August 18, 2016); Pokemon Go injuries flood ER at McMaster Children's Hospital (Global News, August 18, 2016); Ontario children's hospital has new question for patients: were you hurt playing Pokemon Go? (National Post, August 18, 2016).

Dr. April Kam discussed misconceptins about "dry drowning" and clarified when it is necessary to bring children to the hospital. Watch the video: Dry Drowning (CHCH News, August 12, 2016).

Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky discussed how some common cold and pain remedies are banned substances for Olympic athletes. Watch the video: Drugs athletes must avoid in Rio (CTV News, August 4, 2016).

Dr. Peter Rosenbaum participated in a protest which included 60 McMaster scientists who were concerned about how CIHR determines its funding. Read the article: 63 McMaster University investigators say health research funding is flawed (The Hamilton Spectator, July 24, 2016).

Dr. Jeffrey Pernica has received additional funding from Grand Challenges Canada to support his research to develop a "test-and-treat" method of addressing childhood diarrhea, a potentially transformative way to manage diarrhea in low-resource settings. Read the article: Healthcare innovation in Hamilton (The Hamilton Spectator, July 24, 2016).

Dr. Harriet MacMillan was interviewed about her appointment to the Order of Canada for her work as a psychiatrist and pediatrician with a focus on family violence. Read the article: McMaster doctors Mark Levine and Harriet MacMillan named to Order of Canada (The Hamilton Spectator, July 1, 2016).

Dr. Natasha Johnson was interviewed about the dangers of vaping and e-cigarettes. She also presented her findings at the 2016 CPS Conference in Charlottetown. Read the article: Doctor warns about vaping dangers, especially for youth (CBC News, June 24, 2016).

McMaster launched a monthly Complex Care Clinic at Niagara Children's Centre; the first integrated tertiary-community complex care clinic embedded in a children's centre. Dr. Madan Roy spoke about the new clinic and how it will deliver care closer to home and minimize the burden of travel for families. Watch the interview: McMaster Children's Hospital opens up Clinic in Niagara (CHCH News, June 8, 2016).

Dr. Peter Rosenbaum and researchers from the CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research developed an autism classification system that defines levels of social communications ability among those with autism spectrum disorder. Read the article: Colours of autism spectrum described by CanChild researchers (McMaster Daily News, May 18, 2016).

Dr. Saroj Saigal was interviewed by media outlets in Canada, the US and abroad about her reserch that shows that extremely low birth weight babies who survive are more likely to be disadvantaged in employment, income, self-esteem and more by the time they reach their early 30s. A sample of articles include: Peemies fall behind in adhulthood finds McMaster University study (The Hamilton Spectator, May 24, 2016); McMaster study highlights challenges faced by preemies in adulthood (CBC News, May 25, 2016); Extremely premature babies may face lifelong challenges (CBS News, May 23, 2016); Your Small Paycheck May Have Been Determined at Birth (Huffington Post, May 24, 2016).

Dr. Salhab el Helou provided commentary on the case of the premature infant born by c-section to a woman who was fatally shot in Toronto. Read the article: Slain Toronto woman's premature baby facing tough road ahead, experts say (Metro, May 16, 2016).

Dr. Katherine Morrison spoke to several media outlets about her research which shows that addiction to video games leads to sleep deprivation, obesity and cardiovascular risks in some gamers. Read the article: McMaster research links video game addiction to risk of obesity (AM900 CHML, May 9, 2016).

The Kiducate Project, an anti-obesity campaign involving animated films for children, developed by Dr. Constantine Samaan, was featured in the McMaster Daily News. Read the article: Student and prof blend science and animation to educate about childhood obesity (McMaster Daily News, April 14, 2016). Watch the video: New tool to promote healthy living to families (, April 21, 2016).

Dr. Cynthia Cupido was interviewed by CHCH Television about the innovative Assisted Canine Therapy Program in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unity at McMaster Children's Hosptial. The, "ACT in the PICU" program brings Lukus, the certified therapy dog to the bedside of critically ill children and their families and is the first of its kind in pediatric critical care. (CHCH News, April 2016)

Dr. Rajesh RamachandranNair and dietician Amanda Paashius were featured by two news outlets for the development of the new McMaster Liberalized Diet therapy for epilepsy, which is the least restrictive form of ketogenic diet. Watch the videos: Diet adjustments for epileptics (CTV News, Week of April 4, 2016) and Epilepsy diet (CHCH, April 4, 2016).

Sabnam Mahmuda, a 4th year BHSc student supervised by Dr. Anne Klassen, was mentioned in an article for her help as a translator and researcher (she did 10 qualitative interviews) on a surgical mission to Bangladesh. The mission provided free plastic surgery to women with burns. Read the article: Mission of mercy: Toronto surgeons treat burn victims on remote Bangladesh island (The Toronto Star, March 21, 2016)

Dr. Peter Rosenbaum commented on a story of a family seeking surgery in the United States to help their son with cerebral palsy walk. Read the article: Windsor family seeking U.S. surgery, hoping six-year-old will walk. (The Windsor Star, March 22, 2016)

Dr. Jeffrey Pernica was interviewed by CHCH Morning Live in response to news that certain jurisdictions are imposing a must vaccinate rule for students. Watch the interview: Why vaccinate? (CHCH Morning Live, March 14, 2016)

Dr. Jeffrey Pernica addressed the issue of travel concerns over the March Break in light of the Zika virus with the Durham Radio News. Read the interview: Zika shouldn't be a travel concern this March Break unless you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant. (Durham Radio News, March 8, 2016)

Dr. Alvin Zupirsky, founder of the academic Department of Pediatrics at McMaster, was featured in a Toronto Star article highlighting his work towards eradicating Rh Disease. Read the article: "My goal? Very modest. Wipe out Rh disease". (Toronto Star, February 21, 2016)

Dr. Adam Fleming spoke to the Hamilton Spectator about a patient receiving treatment for a rare brain tumour, who is also enrolled in a study about the condition called, childhood ependymoma. Read the article: 'We just pray this horror is gone,' says dad of toddler with rare cancer. (Hamilton Spectator, February 11, 2016)

Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky spoke to the CBC in response to a study saying people can get too much exercise. Read the article and watch the video: Exercise for weight loss only works to a point. (CBC National News, January 28, 2016)

Dr. Mark Ferro was a guest on the Larry Fedoruk Show on 610 CKTB Radio discussing differences in maternal and adolescent reports of mental health problems among youth with food allergies. Listen to the interview: Do kids with food allergies have behavioural issues? Read the McMaster press release: It's mom who sees troubles for teens with food allergies. CHML, NDTV, Indo Asian News Service and other media also reported on the study.

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