Fall semester 2019

  • Phantom limb syndrome

    December 31, 2019 by Nazlim Bilgi, Pirouz Emami, Irzam Gondal and Seyed Amirhossein Pishva
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Explores phantom limb syndrome, a condition where individuals who have lost a limb experience sensations in the nonexistent body part.
  • Gender dysphoria: definition, diagnosis, treatment and challenges

    December 21, 2019 by Nazlim Bilgi, Pirouz Emami, Irzam Gondal and Seyed Amirhossein Pishva
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Explores the mental disorder known as gender dysphoria.
  • Harm reduction for opioids: A Canadian perspective

    December 20, 2019 by Debbie, Soren, Farnia and Samina
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Looks at the origins of the opioid crisis, the effects of stigma and how harm reduction can be implemented.
  • Juul, who is she?

    December 16, 2019 by Eden Raitman, Kesidha Raajakesary, Araniya Selvarajah, and Bilaal Rasool
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Looks at how vaping is harming the health of young people and how claims of it being a healthier alternative to smoking are not really true.
  • What you need to know about cocaine

    December 9, 2019 by Ava, Nour and Nadia
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Provides information about about how cocaine affects the body, treatment options, addiction and overdose.
  • Ten facts about Adderall

    December 9, 2019 by Marija Damjanovska, Sherry Feldman, Rammiyaa Devan, Raavi Parhar and Veronica Sunbaty
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Provides information about Adderall, a drug that is prescribed for individuals with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, its use and misuse.
  • On the line: Living with borderline personality disorder

    December 9, 2019 by Ream Abdullah, Behrad Dehnadi, Praniya Elangainesan and Heather Zhao
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Provides a personal account of how a university student navigates their day when living with BPD
  • Exposing the imposter syndrome

    December 9, 2019 by Vyshnavi Jeevanathan, Pegi Kaimi, Terry Li and Saranyaa Mahendrarajan
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Provides information about what imposter syndrome is, how it relates to mental health, what treatments are available and what are its root causes.
  • Meditate, don't frustrate

    December 9, 2019 by Preeti, Arman, Vienne and Shwetha
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Highlights the history of meditation, its benefits for both mental and physical health, how it is practiced and future research.
  • Over-the-counter drugs: The misuse of dextromethorphan (DXM)

    December 9, 2019 by Kiran Mann, Maleeka Munroe, Krizalyn Jacinto, Christine Okoh, and Angela Joo
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Increases awareness of the risks involved with misusing DXM.
  • Cannabis use for breast cancer

    December 7, 2019 by Rachel Aubrey, Vaishna Kumaran, Pouriya Sadeghighazichaki and Jonah Standard
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Investigates the potential benefits of using cannabis to combat breast cancer and cancer-induced pain
  • Caffeine vs. alcohol: What happens when you mix the two?

    December 7, 2019 by Albert Zhao, Athiraa Thamilselvan, Kristen Tam and Olivia Wilson
    • Demystifying Medicine
    University students are interviewed about caffeine and alcohol consumption as well as about what they think happens when they mix them.
  • Postpartum depression is real

    December 7, 2019 by Alexandria Martin, Amandeep Sandhu, Momina Abbas and Nhi Tran
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Describes the symptoms of postpartum depression, its causes, risk factors and treatments options.
  • Body dysmorphic disorder: When our eyes tell lies

    December 7, 2019 by Abishna Jayasundararajah, Gurleen Bhogal, Shreya Singh and Alexandra Lengyel
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Who body dysmorphic disorder affect? What does it looks like? Also provides information about self-harm, possible treatments and resources.
  • Lets Talk: Therapy dogs and mental health

    December 6, 2019 by Albert Huynh , Rishi Mohan, Pareesa Ali, Anjali Sharma and Natasha Skacha
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Looks at the effect therapy dogs have on the mental health of students in a university environment.
  • The effects of exercise on mental illness

    December 6, 2019 by Ava Oliaei, Nour Eddin Garada and Nadia Butt
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Looks at how exercise affects mental health, specifically for adult and elderly populations.
  • How to beat the spice

    December 1, 2019 by Angel, Sloane, Samar and Navneet
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Looks at the science behind spicy food, its potential impacts on our bodies, and methods to beat the spice.
  • Understanding the scattered (ADHD) brain

    December 1, 2019 by Abhiti Kuhad, Veronica Iskander, Sundas Ramzan and Nirushaa Pathmanathan
    • Demystifying Medicine
    What is ADHD? What are the symptoms of ADD and ADHD?
  • The genetics of addiction

    December 1, 2019 by Michelle Armstrong, Mohammed Cassim, Tania Namrud, Suraj Brar and Daniela Carvalho
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Presents information about how genes play a role in drug addiction.
  • Chapter 1: The science behind Tinder

    December 1, 2019 by Angel, Sloane, Samar and Navneet
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Presents information about using Tinder to find romantic and other social connections.
  • Understanding anorexia

    December 1, 2019 by Iman Adani, Amanpreet Singh, Maham Tariq, Hibo Rijal and Vysh Satyajit
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Looks at anorexia nervosa, one of the most lethal psychiatric disorders that manifests in physical, behavioural and psychological symptoms.
  • PTSD: Into the darkness

    December 1, 2019 by Sarmini Balakumar, Krisne Yogan, Anchana Kuganesan and Rajvir Godhian
    • Demystifying Medicine
    What is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? What causes it? What are the risk factors and symptoms associated with it?
  • Breaking out the science of pimples

    December 1, 2019 by Angel, Sloane, Samar and Navneet
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Presents information about acne, a common skin condition that often affects adolescents.
  • Chapter 2: Creating the perfect profile on Tinder

    December 1, 2019 by Angel, Sloane, Samar and Navneet
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Summarizes interesting literature about the psychology of Tinder profiles.
  • Relative energy deficiency in sport

    November 29, 2019 by Soren Meeuwisse, Debbie Kao, Farnia Khoshsorour, and Samina Idrees
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Provides information to aid in prevention, treatment and emotional support for relative energy deficiency in sport (RED-S).
  • Aphasia: A loss of words, not thoughts

    November 29, 2019 by Shreya Singh, Gurleen Bhogal, Abishna Jayasundararaja, and Alexandra Lengyel
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Examines what it is like to live with "aphasia," a communication disorder that can occur after brain injury, most commonly stroke.
  • Vaping is more harmful than you think

    November 28, 2019 by Ava Oliaei, Nadia Butt and Nour-Eddin Garada
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Explains what e-cigarettes are, how they work and how they affect health and the human body.
  • Let's get cellular: Sickle cell anemia

    November 28, 2019 by raniya Selvarajah, Bilaal Rasool, Kesidha Raajakesary and Eden Raitman
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Explains the molecular mechanism of sickle cell anemia.
  • An athlete’s heart: Fit but unhealthy? Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

    November 28, 2019 by Marija Damjanovska, Sherry Feldman, Rammiyaa Devan, Raavi Parhar, Veronica Sunbaty
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Discusses hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition where heart disease leads to excessive thickening of the heart and can result in a heart attack due to strain.
  • West Nile virus: Mechanisms and transmission

    November 28, 2019 by Pouriya Sadeghighazichaki, Jonah Standard, Rachel Aubrey and Vaishna Kumaran
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Overview of the underlying mechanisms of infection and transmission for West Nile virus.
  • Strokes: Why we need to BE FAST

    November 28, 2019 by Kristen Tam, Olivia Wilson, Albert Zhao and Athiraa Thamilselvan
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Learn about the new acronym, BE FAST, to help you identify a stroke.
  • Taking the stress out of delirium

    November 28, 2019 by Vyshnavi Satyajit, Hibo Rijal, Amanpreet Singh and Maham Tariq
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Looks at the molecular pathway of delirium through aberrant stress responses by highlighting the saturation of corticoid receptors and homeostasis.
  • Diabetic neuropathy: Honey, I can’t feel my feet

    November 27, 2019 by Albert Huynh, Rishi Mohan, Pareesa Ali, Anjali Sharma and Natasha Skacha
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Looks at diabetic neuropathy, its possible symptoms and three hypothesized molecular pathways.
  • Alzheimer's disease … What is it again?

    November 27, 2019 by Alexandria Martin, Amandeep Sandhu, Momina Abbas and Nhi Tran
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Discusses the molecular mechanisms of the Alzheimer’s disease and describes the differences between it and dementia.
  • Aspirin's act: How this drug can decide between life and death

    November 27, 2019 by Rutam Pathak, Saahil Patel, Parmida Amid, Madison Mulcahy, and Aayman Karim
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Explains the mechanism of aspirin and how it can be used to prevent a heart attack or at times when a heart attack is occurring.
  • Vaping: Thoughts and perceptions

    November 27, 2019 by Albert Huynh, Rishi Mohan, Pareesa Ali, Anjali Sharma, and Natasha Skacha
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Discusses different studies done on different aspects of vaping.
  • Mad cow disease: Prions gone wild, a magic school bus parody

    November 27, 2019 by Ream, Behrad, Praniya and Heather
    • Demystifying Medicine
    How prions become infectious, how they are created and how mad cow disease is caused.
  • How to get vaccinated: A guide through vaccination

    November 27, 2019 by Rutam Pathak, Saahil Patel, Parmida Amid, Madison Mulcahy, and Aayman Karim
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Discusses what vaccines are and a misconception about vaccines that prevents many individuals from getting vaccinated.
  • Washing out your gut … beneficial or harmful?

    November 27, 2019 by Sundas, Abhiti, Veronica and Nirushaa
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Discusses claims made by proponents of colonics and explains why the science does not back them up.
  • Mastitis: A guide for new mothers

    November 27, 2019 by Rutam Pathak, Saahil Patel, Parmida Amid, Madison Mulcahy and Aayman Karim
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Explains the symptoms and mechanisms for mastitis, an inflammation of breast tissue that sometimes involves an infection.
  • The nervous case of multiple sclerosis

    November 27, 2019 by Arman Shahi, Vienne Yung, Preeti Minhas and Shweta Kamath
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Overview of multiple sclerosis, molecular mechanisms, symptoms, methods of diagnosis, treatment and future research directions.
  • Think fast: Anaphyl-ACT-xis

    November 27, 2019 by Vyshnavi Jeevananthan, Pegi Kaimi, Terry Li and Saranyaa Mahendrarajan
    • Demystifying Medicine
    What is anaphylactic shock is, what are the general signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis, and what happens at a molecular level when an individual goes through an anaphylactic episode.
  • Missing pieces of a broken heart

    November 26, 2019 by Michelle Armstrong, Mohammed Cassim, Tania Namrud, Suraj Brar and Daniela Carvalho
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Provides information broken heart syndrome that has symptoms similar to those of a heart attack, occurring in response to physical or emotional stress.
  • What exactly is fibromyalgia?

    November 26, 2019 by Kiran Mann, Maleeka Munroe, Krizalyn Jacinto, Christine Okoh and Angela Joo
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Provides information about fibromyalgia including causes, symptoms, underlying molecular mechanisms and treatment.
  • Are cell phones harmful to children?

    November 25, 2019 by Sandra Yousif, Hajer Nakua, Nimi Patel and Nivy Pattathil
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Discusses the relationship between the use of other electronic devices such as cell phones and the health of children.
  • Kawasaki disease: A search for answers

    November 24, 2019 by Kiran Mann, Maleeka Munroe, Krizalyn Jacinto, Christine Okoh and Angela Joo
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Provides information about Kawasaki disease including signs, symptoms, treatments and coping strategies.
  • Fact or myth: Does social media enhance narcissism

    November 14, 2019 by Vyshnavi Jeevanathan, Pegi Kaimi, Terry Li and Saranyaa Mahendrarajan
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Identify the reasons why individuals seek social media influencers for acceptance, the negative and positive impacts and the psychology behind marketing brands.
  • Vaping-induced lung illnesses

    November 14, 2019 by Nazlim Bilgi, Pirouz Emami, Irzam Gondal andSeyed Amirhossein Pishva
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Looks at the lung illnesses that may be caused by the use of vapes
  • The scoop on poop: Fecal microbiota transplants

    November 14, 2019 by Alexandria Martin, Amandeep Sandhu, Momina Abbas and Nhi Tran
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Looks at fecal microbiota transplants (FMT) to treat imbalances in our microbiome.
  • What's your sleep animal?

    November 14, 2019 by Aiza, Siena, Nivethan and Shawn
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Learn how your sleep animal (wolf, lion, bear or dolphin) can affect your daily life.
  • Draw my life: How I almost died from taking birth control

    November 14, 2019 by Marija Damjanovska, Sherry Feldman, Rammiyaa Devan, Raavi Parhar and Veronica Sunbaty
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Explores the relationship between birth control pills and blood clotting as well as with inherited diseases.
  • Under the influence: The power of social media influencers

    November 14, 2019 by Abishna Jayasundararajah, Gurleen Bhogal, Shreya Singh and Alexandra Lengyel
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Identify the reasons why individuals seek social media influencers for acceptance, the negative and positive impacts and the psychology behind marketing brands.
  • Leber congenital amaurosis: Can CRISPR cure genetic blindness?

    November 14, 2019 by Iman Adani, Amanpreet Singh, Maham Tariq, Hibo Rijal and Vysh Satyajit
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Looks at a clinical trial that uses CRISPR technology to cure a type of genetic blindness called Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA).
  • Bacteriophages: Is medicine going viral?

    November 13, 2019 by Michelle Armstrong, Mohammed Cassim, Tania Namrud, Suraj Brar and Daniela Carvalho
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Looks at the structure of bacteriophages, their mode of action and their potential to treat bacterial infections.
  • Juice cleanses: Fad or rad?

    November 13, 2019 by Shwetha Kamath, Preeti Minhas, Vienne Yung, Arman Shahi
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Presents information about the juice cleanse diet, the claimed upsides, and the evidence-based downsides.
  • Why are cancer rates rising?

    November 13, 2019 by Michelle Armstrong, Mohammed Cassim, Tania Namrud, Suraj Brar and Daniela Carvalho
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Looks at leading theories regarding why are cancer rates rising.
  • Freshman fifteen: Fact or fiction?

    November 12, 2019 by Kiran Mann, Maleeka Munroe, Krizalyn Jacinto, Christine Okoh and Angela Joo
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Addresses the validity of the freshman fifteen myth that students tend to gain weight upon entering university.
  • Sports-related concussions: What’s going on in my head?

    November 12, 2019 by Sarmini Balakumar, Rajvir Godhian, Anchana Kuganesan and Krisne Yoganathan
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Provides information about the psychological impacts associated with sports-related concussions.
  • Intermittent fasting: Effective or just a fad?

    November 12, 2019 by Debbie, Soren, Farnia and Samina
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Looks at intermittent fasting such as the 16:8 pattern of limiting eating to eight hours a day.
  • Moving beyond meat

    November 12, 2019 by Pouriya Sadeghighazichaki, Jonah Standard, Rachel Aubrey and Vaishna Kumaran
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Educates about plant-based meat alternatives and the effects of consumption patterns on the environment.
  • The truth behind the Kylie Lip Challenge

    November 12, 2019 by students for McMaster University's Demystifying Medicine Seminar Series
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Looks at the risks and the sociocultural, psychological, and biological issues related to plumping lips for cosmetic reasons.
  • Through the eyes of someone with social anxiety disorder

    November 12, 2019 by Nadia Butt, Nour-Eddin Garada and Ava Oliaei
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Illustrates what social anxiety disorder is and what it’s like for someone to have SAD.
  • Dairy free, eh?

    November 12, 2019 by Bilaal Rasool, Kesidha Raajakesary, Araniya Selvarajah and Eden Raitman
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Looks at the positives and negatives of dairy on the body, as well as some plausible dairy alternatives.
  • Dementia: Can your brain keep up with the game?

    October 28, 2019 by Marija Damjanovska, Sherry Feldman, Rammiyaa Devan, Raavi Parhar, Veronica Sunbaty
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Do brain games have a direct, positive effect on cognitive functioning?
  • Putting on your sensory breaks … How to deal with motion sickness

    October 28, 2019 by Rutam Pathak, Saahil Patel, Parmida Amid, Madison Mulcahy and Aayman Karim
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Looks at the mechanisms of motion sickness and why it affects a third of the population.
  • How to: Vegan

    October 28, 2019 by Kesidha Raajakesary, Araniya Selvarajah, Bilaal Rasool and Eden Rait
    • Demystifying Medicine
    How to become vegan and how will it effect your health.
  • Antivax: A story

    October 28, 2019 by Albert Huynh, Rishi Mohan, Pareesa Ali, Anjali Sharma and Natasha Skacha
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Looks at the perspectives and public policymaking regarding vaccines.
  • The real tea on CBT

    October 28, 2019 by Abhiti Kuhad, Veronica Iskander, Sundas Ramzan and, Nirushaa Pathmanathan
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Explains the science of cognitive behavioural therapy and answers questions about it.
  • Can I drive high?

    October 28, 2019 by Vysh Satyajit, Hibo Rijal, Iman Adani, Maham Tariq and Amanpreet Singh
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Looks at how to define and identify cannabis impairment while driving.
  • 36 Questions with an ex-caffeine addict

    October 28, 2019 by Kiran Mann, Maleeka Monroe, Krizalyn Jacinto, Christine Okoh and Angela Joo
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Addresses gaps in knowledge about coffee and encourages people to be more aware of its effects.
  • Understanding miscarriages

    October 28, 2019 by Alexandria Martin, Amandeep Sandhu, Momina Abbas and Nhi Tran
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Provides information about miscarriages and causes including chromosomal abnormalities, ectopic pregnancies and medical conditions.
  • The most common STI in the world: HPV

    October 28, 2019 by Nazlim Bilgi, Pirouz Emami, Irzam Gondal, and Seyed Amirhossein Pishva
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Provides an understanding of how HPV is transmitted, the health effects it can lead to, as well as prevention and treatment.
  • Can the ketogenic diet help treat cancer?

    October 28, 2019 by Shreya Singh, Gurleen Bhogal, Abishna Jayasundararaja and Alexandra Lengyel
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Explores the benefits and drawbacks of using the keto diet to slow cancer progression.
  • Don't sleep on sleep apnea

    October 28, 2019 by Vienne, Preeti, Shwetha and Arman
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Provides information about obstructive sleep apnea, a common sleep disorder that often goes unnoticed due to its unclear signs and symptoms.
  • Death by pasta: Should I still eat my leftovers?

    October 28, 2019 by Kristen Tam, Olivia Wilson, Athiraa Thamilselvan and Albert Zhao
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Looks at the biological conditions behind a young man's death after eating spoiled pasta and answers the question about the safety of eating leftovers.
  • The world of animal cloning

    October 28, 2019 by Pouriya Sadeghi, Jonah Standard, Rachel Aubrey and Vaishna Kumaran
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Outlines the process and mechanisms used for cloning animals.
  • VERTIGO: A topic that'll make your head spin

    October 26, 2019 by Vyshnavi Jeevananthan, Pegi Kaimi, Terry Li and Saranyaa Mahendrarajan
    • Demystifying Medicine
    An introduction to vertigo, the vestibular system and how and an imbalance of the inner ear causes the disease.
  • Migraines 101

    October 26, 2019 by Sarmini Balakumar, Krisne Yogan, Anchana Kuganesan and Rajvir Godhian
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Explores migraine phases, symptoms, common treatments as well as new treatment options.
  • Fecal microbiota transplants: One man's trash is another man's treasure

    October 25, 2019 by Soren, Farnia, Debbie, and Samina
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Looks at obesity and gut microbiota, how they may be linked and how fecal microbiota transplants may be a treatment for obesity.
  • Anabolic steroids: Pain or gain?

    October 25, 2019 by Mohammed Cassim, Tania Namrud, Michelle Armstrong, Daniella Carvalho, and Suraj Brar.
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Looks at anabolic steroids, and its effect on the people who use it, and how society influences its use.
  • Target identification in lung disease: How can we hit the bullseye?

    October 1, 2019 by Megan Vierhout, BSc, Masters student, McMaster University
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Target identification techniques for exploring idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF)
  • It's never lupus … until it is!

    September 24, 2019 by Inna Ushcatz, Jill Northrup, Ikra Saeed and Olivia Kohlmaier
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Symptoms and diagnosis of systemic lupus erythematosus, commonly known as lupus