Fall semester 2014

  • DNA extraction experiment

    December 29, 2014 by Mihnea Alb, Deline Anthonypillai, Clarence Chan, Melissa Ling and Nikunj Patel
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Describes how to extract DNA from a banana and make it visible under a microscope.
  • Refugee health care crisis: Part 1

    December 20, 2014 by Nawabzada Wahaj Alam, David Hanna, Shavaiz Malik, Susie Son and Matthew Wong-Pack
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Discusses controversies surrounding Canadian refugee health care.
  • Refugee health care crisis: Part 2

    December 20, 2014 by Nawabzada Wahaj Alam, David Hanna, Shavaiz Malik, Susie Son and Matthew Wong-Pack
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Discusses refugee health care policies and problems with refugee health care in Canada.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

    November 30, 2014 by Christopher Chiang, Alon Coret, Yalda Karimi, Babak Nouhi and Warren Viegas
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Provides overview of causes, symptoms, prevalence, diagnosis and therapeutic treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • What are the health benefits of practicing yoga?

    November 30, 2014 by Vaibhav Manohar, Simranpal Dhanju, Sharnpreet Kooner, Radwa Elsharawi and Philipp Kolb
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Explores the health benefits that are derived from practicing yoga.
  • Developments in understanding of cardiopulmonary anatomy

    November 27, 2014 by y Christopher Chiang, Alon Coret, Yalda Karimi, Babak Nouhi and Warren Viegas
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Explores the history and development of respiratory medicine, focusing on the discoveries that shaped our understanding of the anatomy and physiology of breathing.
  • Breathing at depth

    November 27, 2014 by Alon Coret, Babak Nouhi, Christopher Chiang, Warren Viegas and Yalda Karimi
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Explores the science behind the ability and limitations of human physiology underwater.
  • Diving devices for safe underwater adventures

    November 27, 2014 by Christopher Chiang, Alon Coret, Yalda Karimi, Babak Nouhi and Warren Viegas
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Introduction to the world of deep water diving at the turn of the 19th century and the problems with deep water diving and the associated physiological ramifications.
  • Project Earth breathes: The Greek philosophers

    November 25, 2014 by Christopher Chiang, Alon Coret, Yalda Karimi, Babak Nouhi and Warren Viegas
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Explores the evolution of the theory of breathing.
  • The ABCD’s of vitamins

    November 24, 2014 by Soheil El-azzouni, Stanley Chen, Sara Halawa, Yuxin (Tiffany) Tian and Kimberly Young
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Explains the functions of vitamins A, B, C and D in the human body, where they are found in a healthy diet and the health outcomes when there are deficiencies.
  • Action of breathing — Part 1: Mechanisms

    November 23, 2014 by Soheil El-azzouni, Stanley Chen, Sara Halawa, Yuxin (Tiffany) Tian and Kimberly Young
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Overview of the muscles involved in breathing and their associated mechanisms.
  • Action of breathing — Part 2: Volume

    November 23, 2014 by Soheil El-azzouni, Stanley Chen, Sara Halawa, Yuxin (Tiffany) Tian and Kimberly Young
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Describes how the volume of air that enters and exits our lungs can be monitored by a spirometer.
  • Ebola virus: Public perception and misconceptions

    November 22, 2014
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Deconstructs misconceptions around Ebola and highlight important facts to increase knowledge and understanding
  • Hemoglobin

    November 22, 2014 by Elizabeth Chan, Hannah Cho, Zainab Naimpoor, Rubaid Dhillon and Pavan Matharu
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Describes the structure and function of hemoglobin and the role of hemoglobin in breathing.
  • Oxygen and carbon dioxide dissociation curve

    November 22, 2014 by Elizabeth Chan, Hannah Cho, Zainab Naimpoor, Rubaid Dhillon and Pavan Matharu
    • Demystifying Medicine
    How to read and interpret oxygen and carbon dioxide dissociation curves.
  • Critical evaluation of scientific articles

    November 22, 2014 by Elizabeth Chan, Hannah Cho, Zainab Naimpoor, Rubaid Dhillon and Pavan Matharu
    • Demystifying Medicine
    An overview of the structure of a scientific paper and what kind of information each section should contain.
  • Debunking diet myths

    November 22, 2014 by Elizabeth Chan, Hannah Cho, Zainab Naimpoor, Rubaid Dhillon and Pavan Matharu
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Debunks diet myths using scientific evidence.
  • Respiratory distress syndrome

    November 22, 2014 by Elizabeth Chan, Hannah Cho, Zainab Naimpoor, Rubaid Dhillon and Pavan Matharu
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Discusses risks, symptoms and treatment options for patients with respiratory distress syndrome (RDS).
  • Discovery of surfactant

    November 22, 2014 by Elizabeth Chan, Hannah Cho, Zainab Naimpoor, Rubaid Dhillon and Pavan Matharu
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Explores the role key scientists played in the initiation of surfactant discovery, which has led to an increased understanding of lung-pressure regulation.
  • Alcohol and its effects on the body

    November 21, 2014 by Branson Chen, Jaipaul Dhaliwal, Pavithra Parthasarathy, Rod Rodjanapiches and Mark Tenn
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Looks at means by which alcoholism affects the body
  • Life cycle of HIV

    November 18, 2014 by Alisa Murli, Ria Oommen, Veronica Nguyen, Jeanie Fei and Ben Su
    • Demystifying Medicine
    How HIV targets human immune cells and uses immune cell machinery to make copies of itself
  • Do learning styles really exist?

    November 18, 2014 by Dana Abu-Jazar, Ana Kovacevic, Amber Kayed, Jasleen Khaira, Babak Nouhi, Simranpal Dhanju, Ria Oommen, Hemisha Patel and Nisha Gajaria
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Defines learning styles theory, talks about pedagogical research and explains why there is no basis behind the idea of learning styles.
  • The basics of cholesterol

    November 17, 2014 by Soheil El-azzouni, Stanley Chen, Sara Halawa, Yuxin (Tiffany) Tian and Kimberly Young
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Compares the two types of cholesterol: LDL (Low-density lipoprotein) and HDL (High-density lipoproteins).
  • All about snoring: A modern family parody

    November 16, 2014 by Soheil El-azzouni, Stanley Chen, Sara Halawa, Yuxin (Tiffany) Tian and Kimberly Young
    • Demystifying Medicine
    How snoring affects relationships, mechanism behind snoring, risk factors and treatment options.
  • Sleep apnea

    November 14, 2014 by Soheil El-azzouni, Stanley Chen, Sara Halawa, Yuxin (Tiffany) Tian and Kimberly Young
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Describes sleep apnea, a common sleep disorder where breathing patterns are intermittently obstructed at night during rest.
  • Effect of high altitudes on breathing

    November 10, 2014 by Mihnea Alb, Deline Anthonypillai, Clarence Chan, Melissa Ling and Nikunj Patel
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Looks at what happens to your body when you climb to high altitudes from hyperventilation to metabolic compensation.
  • Dirty air we breathe — Part 1: Air pollution

    November 9, 2014 by Nawabzada Alam, David Hanna, Shavaiz Malik, Susie Son and Matthew Wong-Pack
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Explores the impact of occupational lung disorders and asbestos.
  • Dirty air we breathe — Part 2: Air quality legislation

    November 9, 2014 by Nawabzada Alam, David Hanna, Shavaiz Malik, Susie Son and Matthew Wong-Pack
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Looks at legislative policies for controlling air pollution in various countries including Canada.
  • Smoking and its consequences: Part 1 — History of smoking

    November 5, 2014 by Branson Chen, Jaipaul Dhaliwal, Pavithra Parthasarathy, Rod Rodjanapiches and Mark Tenn
    • Demystifying Medicine
    History of smoking cigarettes, lung cancer, composition of cigarette smoke and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Control of breathing — Part 1: Mechanisms and chemoreceptors

    November 5, 2014 by Branson Chen, Jaipaul Dhaliwal, Pavithra Parthasarathy, Rod Rodjanapiches and Mark Tenn
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Describes the central and peripheral mechanisms of breathing and the chemoreceptors that mediate respiration.
  • Smoking and its consequences: Part 2 — History, causes and symptoms of emphysema and chronic bronchitis

    November 5, 2014 by Branson Chen, Jaipaul Dhaliwal, Pavithra Parthasarathy, Rod Rodjanapiches and Mark Tenn
    • Demystifying Medicine
    History, causes and symptoms of emphysema and chronic bronchitis, examples of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Control of breathing — Part 2: Regulation

    November 5, 2014 by Branson Chen, Jaipaul Dhaliwal, Pavithra Parthasarathy, Rod Rodjanapiches and Mark Tenn
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Looks at alveolar PCO2, CO2 responsiveness, role of the vagus nerve, the sympathetic nervous system and disorders that affect breathing.
  • The development of asthma

    October 29, 2014 by Veronica Nguyen, Ria Oommen, Alisa Murli, Jeanie Fei and Ben Su
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Describes how asthma is developed, if environment or genes play a role and what relationship does it have with allergies.
  • How the body works: The chemistry of our internal environment

    October 7, 2014 by Nawabzada Alam, David Hanna, Shavaiz Malik, Susie Son and Matthew Wong-Pack
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Provides an introduction to the acid-base chemistry that takes place in the body.
  • How the body works: Carbon dioxide and its role in the human body

    October 7, 2014 by Nawabzada Alam, David Hanna, Shavaiz Malik, Susie Son and Matthew Wong-Pack
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Introduction to the role of carbon dioxide in the body.