Fall semester 2017

  • Let's give a PEP talk! An antiretroviral therapy for HIV prevention

    December 13, 2017 by Vikas Kohli, Lulu Gariew, Tessa Dickinson and Bismah Jameel
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Overview of how PEP works to reduce the chances of acquiring HIV and discusses the effectiveness of the drug zidovudine
  • Green tea: A solution to obesity?

    December 13, 2017 by Lulu Gareiw, Vikas Kholi, Tessa Dickinson and Bismah Jameel
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Examines the benefits of using green tea to reduce obesity.
  • The people vs. the rat

    December 13, 2017 by Kaitlin Marshall, Peter Malik, Ubaid Mohammad and Merima Menzildzic
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Explores how experimental research is conducted to better understand human disease, focusing on utilizing rodent models.
  • Break a leg: Stress fractures

    December 13, 2017 by Sandra Yousif, Rana Ghafouri, Ally Di Iorio and Varsha Jayansakar
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Presents the story of a runner who was diagnosed with a stress fracture.
  • How do I even begin to explain herpes?

    December 13, 2017 by Sandra Yousif, Rana Ghafouri, Ally Di Iorio and Varsha Jayansakar
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Explains how the herpes simplex virus is transmitted from one individual to another.
  • Vape: Dangers of e-cigarette smoking

    December 7, 2017 by Bismah Jameel, Lulu Gareiw, Vikas Kohli and Tessa Dickison
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Determines whether the mixture of chemical aerosols inhaled while using electronic cigarettes has any potential adverse health risks.
  • Daria and Teresa and neglected tropical diseases: Dengue and typhoid

    December 6, 2017 by Sandra Yousif, Rana Ghafouri, Ally Di Iorio and Varsha Jayansakar
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Daria and Teresa become infected with dengue and typhoid fevers.
  • Food intake: Does timing matter?

    December 6, 2017 by Kaitlin Marshall, Peter Malik, Ubaid Mohammad and Merima Menzildzic
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Establishes that timing of food intake is a modifiable risk factor that has an influence on energy regulation and the risk of obesity.
  • Carrots and seeing in the dark

    December 6, 2017 by Jill Northrup, Inna Ushcatz, Ikra Saeed and Olivia Kohlmaier
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Looks at the myth that carrots help to see better in the dark.
  • What Is a pulmonary embolism?

    December 6, 2017 by Andy Fensham, Angela Gupta, Navi (Harmandeep) Dhaliwal and Viktoriya Dyubanova
    • Demystifying Medicine
    What is a pulmonary embolism and what happens in the body during a pulmonary embolism?
  • Introduction to exercise after paraplegic spinal cord injury

    December 6, 2017 by Shaera Rahim, Talia Rahif, Simren Rai and Marija Radenovic
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Reviews how people with spinal cord injuries can perform exercises and gains benefits from them.
  • Dangers of vitamin B12 deficiency

    December 5, 2017 by Dhruvika Joshi, Prabhjot Khabra, Minahil Jabeen and Vanessa Lombardo
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Explains what problems can occur due to vitamin B12 deficiency and how to obtain vitamin B12 through diet or supplements.
  • Latté insight into caffeine

    December 5, 2017 by Noor Tariq, Kristina Epifano, Veronica Cianfarani and Nikhil Kumar
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Concept of caffeine, how it makes you feel and tips to avoid overconsumption
  • Exercise and mental health

    December 5, 2017 by Kulsum Saeed, Joel Purvis, Isfandyar Menon and Dominic Wozniak
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Looks at the benefits exercise can have on the mental health of students.
  • An overview of rabies

    December 5, 2017 by Cayla Lenefesty, Tiffany Sun, Victoria Claggett and Khaled Nawar
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Describes what rabies is, how you get it, symptoms, treatment and statistics
  • Psychedelic drugs in treatment of addiction

    December 5, 2017 by Joel, Kulsum, Isfandyar and Dominic
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Looks at psychedelic drugs such as psilocybin as treatment for addiction
  • Flibanserin: The female Viagra

    December 5, 2017 by Tom Enbar, David Kalambet, Arshdeep Judgey and Megan Gold
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Promotes awareness of hypoactive sexual desire disorder in women and looks at using Flibanserin to treat the condition.
  • Health benefits of cold showers

    December 5, 2017 by Dominic, Kulsum, Joel and Isfandyar
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Explores the health benefits of cold showers.
  • Pregnancy 101: How pregnancy tests work

    December 5, 2017 by Shara Chowdhury, Vanessa Miranda, Mishaal Qazi and Peter Tso
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Discusses how pregnancy tests work, why women urinate on a small plastic sticks and what reactions are taking place to display a positive or negative result.
  • Unlearning learning styles

    December 5, 2017 by Shara Chowdhury, Vanessa Miranda, Mishaal Qazi and Peter Tso
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Discusses where the learning style theory originated and why it continues to be popular among educators and students despite the lack of evidence.
  • Does the birth control pill lead to weight gain?

    December 5, 2017 by Raisa Ahmed, Jasmine Aulakh, Leena Anis and Beth Cohen
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Explains what the birth control pill is, the different types of birth control pills, how the pill works and if using the pill leads to long-term weight gain.
  • Welcome to EI support: Emotional intelligence

    December 5, 2017 by Ikra Saeed, Inna Ushcatz, Jill Northrup and Olivia Kohlmaier
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Describes how learning the techniques of EI can help people to change how others perceive them.
  • Milk: The superior hydrator

    December 5, 2017 by Isfandyar, Dominic, Kulsum and Joel
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Promotes milk as a superior hydrator and a complete recovery drink for athletes.
  • Understanding autism spectrum disorder

    December 5, 2017 by Veronica Cianfarani, Kristina Epifano, Noor Tariq and Nikhil Kumar
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Looks at the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
  • Pregnancy 101: De-stress over prenatal stress

    December 5, 2017 by Shara Chowdhury, Vanessa Miranda, Mishaal Qazi and Peter Tso
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Discusses how many expectant mothers experience stress during pregnancy as well as how anxiety may affect the baby.
  • To crack or not to crack!

    December 3, 2017 by Megan Gold, David Kalambet, Arshdeep Judgey and Tom Enbar
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Looks at biological and social aspects of knuckle cracking and debunks the myth that knuckle cracking causes osteoarthritis.
  • Is lipstick bad for your health?

    December 3, 2017 by Raisa Ahmed, Jasmine Aulakh, Leena Anis, Beth Cohen
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Provides information about the chemicals in lipstick and how the chemicals can affect health.
  • Exercise during pregnancy: How safe is it?

    December 1, 2017 by Minahil Jabeen, Prabhjot Khabra, Vanessa Lombardo and Dhruvika Joshi
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Discusses the safety and benefits of exercising during pregnancy
  • How much sleep do I really need?

    November 29, 2017 by Alisha Kang, Madeline Green-Holland, Joshua Youssef and Gajuna Mathiyalagan
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Discusses how many hours of sleep are recommended, what problems can be caused by over or under sleeping and how to improve sleep.
  • The good, the bad and the superbug

    November 28, 2017 by Liliana Wolak, Hanna Tessema, Vince Wu and Abdullah Shahzad
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Superbugs are discussed as well as factors contributing to antibiotic resistance and the treatment of antibiotic resistant diseases.
  • Dangers of emergent superbugs

    November 28, 2017 by David Kalambet, Tom Enbar, Arshdeep Judgey and Megan Gold
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Emergent superbugs, a threat to global health; antibiotic resistance and its impact on society
  • Music therapy for autism spectrum disorder

    November 27, 2017 by Curtis Menon, Jenna Price, Yousif Eliya and Balpreet Panesar
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Explores music therapy as a treatment for autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
  • The truth about red wine

    November 27, 2017 by Minahil Jabeen, Dhruvika Joshi, Prabhjot Khabra and Vanessa Lombardo
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Explores the truth about the health benefits of drinking red wine.
  • Is breakfast the most important meal of the day?

    November 27, 2017 by Andy Fensham, Angela Gupta, Navi (Harmandeep) Dhaliwal and Viktoriya Dyubanova
    • Demystifying Medicine
    How to make the best nutritional choices including for breakfast that will contribute to health.
  • What do we know about general anesthesia?

    November 27, 2017 by Andy Fensham, Angela Gupta, Navi (Harmandeep) Dhaliwal and Viktoriya Dyubanova
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Discusses the history of anesthesia, the different types of anesthesia and the theory behind the ability of anesthesia to induce unconsciousness.
  • Aloe vera demystified

    November 27, 2017 by Liliana Wolak, Hanna Tessema, Vince Wu and Abdullah Shahzad
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Explores the health effects of aloe vera including wound healing, acne, weight loss and diabetes as well as adverse reactions.
  • Can you really be allergic to exercise? A look into food-dependent exercise-induced anaphylaxis

    November 27, 2017 by Andy Fensham, Angela Gupta, Navi (Harmandeep) Dhaliwal and Viktoriya Dyubanova
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Looks at exercise-induced anaphylaxis (EIA), a severe allergic reaction during or after physical activity.
  • Demystifying the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

    November 26, 2017 by Yu Fei Xia, Zil E-Huma Nasir, Ivelina Velikova and Mohammed Abdul-Khaliq
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Provides an introduction to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), which helps mental health professionals to understand and diagnose mental illness.
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder: Through my eyes

    November 26, 2017 by Saima Ahmad, Atherai Maran, Candy Niu and Joy Sumin Park
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Demonstrates habits, behaviours and thoughts that a person with OCD may experience.
  • What are fevers and why might they be good for you?

    November 26, 2017 by Yu Fei Xia, Zil E-Huma Nasir, Ivelina Velikova and Mohammed Abdul-Khaliq
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Overview of theories of the existence and action of fevers in immunological response as well as the processes that the human body undergoes while in a state of fever
  • Contraceptives 101

    November 26, 2017 by Mohammad Shahzad, Liliana Wolak, Hanna Tessema and Vince Wu
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Looks at physical barrier contraceptives and hormonal contraceptives and discusses function, effectiveness and adverse effects of each type.
  • Ten Interesting Facts about Cystic Fibrosis

    November 25, 2017 by Cayla Lenfesty, Tiffany Sun, Victoria Claggett and Khaled Nawar
    • Demystifying Medicine
    This video presents facts about cystic fibrosis.
  • Why is my hair red? Basic principles of inheritance

    November 24, 2017 by Ikra Saeed, Inna Ushcatz, Jill Northrup and Olivia Kohlmaier
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Explores the basic principles of inheritance such as when a child has red hair while the parents do not.
  • A hole in the heart: Ventricular septal defect

    November 22, 2017 by Liliana Wolak, Hanna Tessema, Vince Wu and Abdullah Shahzed
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Discusses a condition known as a "hole in the heart" — a congenital defect called ventricular septal defect.
  • Walk in my shoes: ADHD

    November 22, 2017 by Shara Chowdhury, Vanessa Miranda, Mishaal Qazi and Peter Tso
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Looks at the life of a person with ADHD, the symptoms of ADHD and its effects on individuals due to atypical brain functions.
  • Learning to love feedback

    November 22, 2017 by David Kalambet, Tom Enbar, Arshdeep Judgey and Megan Gold
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Demonstrates why it is a good idea to ask for feedback and search for ways to make one's best even better.
  • Are you there Quterus, It’s me, Peri!

    November 22, 2017 by Sandra Yousif, Rana Ghafouri, Ally Di Iorio and Varsha Jayansakar
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Debunks myths regarding what happens when a young woman experiences her first period and clarifies what young women really need to know.
  • What is sleep paralysis?

    November 21, 2017 by Minahil Jabeen, Dhruvika Joshi, Prabhjot Khabra and Vanessa Lombardo
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Explores what sleep paralysis really is, its biological cause and presents tips to help prevent it.
  • Tension headaches

    November 18, 2017 by Veronica Cianfarani, Kristina Epifano, Nikhil Kumar and Noor Tariq
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Information about tension headaches including causes, biology and treatment options.
  • Fact or fiction? Carrots give you perfect vision

    November 9, 2017 by Curtis Menon, Jenna Price, Yousif Eliya and Balpreet Panesar
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Looks at the myth that eating carrots improve eyesight and provides information on why it is important to eat carrots, what vitamins they provide and how it relates to eye health.
  • Is blue light alright for sleeping tight?

    November 6, 2017 by Curtis Menon, Jenna Price, Yousif Eliya and Balpreet Panesar
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Looks at the health effects of blue light and provides tips on how to improve both sleep and health.
  • Do stress and spicy foods cause peptic ulcers?

    November 5, 2017 by Cayla Lenefesty, Tiffany Sun, Victoria Claggett and Khaled Nawar
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Are stomach ulcers are the result of eating spicy foods or experiencing stress?
  • Why do we get sick when stressed?

    November 1, 2017 by Alisha Kang, Madeline Green-Holland, Joshua Youssef, and Gajuna Mathiyalagan
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Looks at stress response, symptoms of stress, how stress impacts health, habits that influence stress levels and resources for managing stress.
  • Busting sexual health myths: What is a hymen?

    October 30, 2017 by Saima Ahmad, Atherai Maran, Candy Niu and Joy Sumin Park
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Provides reliable information about the hymen.
  • Debunking myths about Lyme disease

    October 23, 2017 by Veronica Cianfarani, Kristina Epifano, Nikhil Kumar and Noor Tariq
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Debunks some commonly held beliefs about Lyme disease
  • Kangaroo care: Skin-to-skin contact

    October 18, 2017 by students for McMaster University's Demystifying Medicine Seminar Series
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Looks at how frequent and sustained skin-to-skin contact between a mother and her newborn can be beneficial for the baby.
  • A to Z of the fight or flight response

    October 17, 2017 by Khaled Nawar, Victoria Claggett, Cayla Lenefesty and Tiffany Sun
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Describes the stress response associated with cortisol and the fight or flight response associated with adrenaline.
  • An overview of schizophrenia

    October 11, 2017 by students for McMaster University's Demystifying Medicine Seminar Series
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Explores schizophrenia, a biochemical brain disorder affects a person’s ability to determine what is reality and what is not.
  • Fibrosis and immunology

    September 25, 2017 by Students for McMaster University's Demystifying Medicine Seminar Series
    • Demystifying Medicine
    An interview with Dr. Kjetil Ask about fibrosis and immunology
  • An overview of dyslexia

    September 16, 2017 by students for McMaster University's Demystifying Medicine Seminar Series
    • Demystifying Medicine
    What is dyslexia? What causes it? How it is diagnosed? What are the treatment options?
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome: An overview

    September 14, 2017 by students for McMaster University's Demystifying Medicine Seminar Series
    • Demystifying Medicine
    What is carpal tunnel syndrome, what causes it, how it is diagnosed and what are the treatment options?