Spring semester 2017

  • Is using the computer in the dark bad for your eyes?

    June 18, 2017 by students from McMaster University's Demystifying Medicine Seminar Series
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Does looking at computers in the dark cause eye strain, myopia or nearsightedness?
  • Research den: An analysis of liver polarization

    June 18, 2017 by students for McMaster University's Demystifying Medicine Seminar Series
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Investigates the liver's important role in cell polarization.
  • What is polycystic ovarian syndrome?

    June 6, 2017 by students for McMaster University's Demystifying Medicine Seminar Series
    • Demystifying Medicine
    An overview of polycystic ovarian syndrome.
  • Pathophysiology of polycystic ovarian syndrome

    June 6, 2017 by students for McMaster University's Demystifying Medicine Seminar Series
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Explains the pathophysiology of polycystic ovarian syndrome.
  • Cancer immunotherapy: Harnessing the immune system to fight back

    May 27, 2017 by Helen Kim, Jessica Kun, Lyndsay Rayner, Nicole Vandenheuvel and Fadi Hana
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Focuses on adoptive cell transfer, an approach that utilizes T-cells or cells of your immune system in order to fight back against invading cancer cells.
  • Vaccines and autism: Medical myth

    May 16, 2017 by students for McMaster University's Demystifying Medicine Seminar Series
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Debunking myth that vaccines may be a cause of autism
  • ICU and PTSD

    May 8, 2017 by students for McMaster University's Demystifying Medicine Seminar Series
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Explores the symptoms of patients after staying in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) and the innovative preventative programs designed to combat the negative effects.
  • Can multivitamin supplements increase your overall health?

    May 8, 2017 by students for McMaster University's Demystifying Medicine Seminar Series
    • Demystifying Medicine
    What occurs in the body when multivitamins are ingested and what happens when the recommended daily value is exceeded.
  • An overview of osteoporosis

    May 8, 2017 by students for McMaster University's Demystifying Medicine
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Looks at osteoporosis, its prevalence, causes and treatment.
  • What is breast cancer?

    May 8, 2017 by students for McMaster University's Demystifying Medicine Seminar Series
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Provides information about what breast cancer is, what its risk factors are and insights into breast cancer research.
  • Can a Mediterranean diet lower cancer risk?

    May 6, 2017 by Justin Lu, Allan Tran, Nayab Zafar, and Nathania Ofori
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Informs about the significance and relevance of the claim that the Mediterranean diet may prevent cancer incidence.
  • Probiotics and heart health

    May 1, 2017 by students for McMaster University's Demystifying Medicine
    • Demystifying Medicine
    How consuming probiotics can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
  • Zika virus: Should we be concerned?

    April 23, 2017 by (Ahmad) Zubair Banoor, Vanessa Sheng, Lavan Sivarajah and Danil Kopylov
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Where did the Zika virus come from and how do you know if you have it?
  • Teen depression

    April 21, 2017 by students from McMaster University's Demystifying Medicine Seminar Series
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Explores the issues involved with teen depression.
  • Exercise and stroke

    April 21, 2017 by students for McMaster University's Demystifying Medicine Seminar Series
    • Demystifying Medicine
    How exercise can improve patient condition after a stroke.
  • Alopecia areata: Why am I balding?

    April 19, 2017 by students for McMaster University's Demystifying Medicine Seminar Series
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Describes what alopecia areata is and the people the condition effects.
  • The adventures of Little Blue Riding Hood: Fight or flight response

    April 17, 2017 by Stanis Xavier, Sina Nastarani, Mannish Jogendran and Noor Al-Switi
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Provides information about the fight-or-flight response mechanism that is activated in humans when faced with a perceived threat.
  • Male pattern baldness — Truth be told

    April 15, 2017 by Stanis Xavier, Sina Nastarani, Mannish Jogendran and Noor Al-Switi
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Discusses the causation of androgenetic alopecia (male pattern baldness) and treatments.
  • Maroon's Anatomy: End-stage renal disease

    April 15, 2017 by Stanis Xavier, Sina Nastarani, Mannish Jogendran and Noor Al-Switi
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Looks at the processes involved in end-stage renal disease (ESRD), otherwise known as kidney failure.
  • What are genetically modified organisms?

    April 10, 2017 by Atika Qavi, Jesse Sidhu, Kamran Badalov and Ashish Mathews
    • Demystifying Medicine
    What are genetically modified organisms? Why they are used? What are the pros and cons of creating and consuming them?
  • Mentally unfit to stand trial

    April 10, 2017 by Aneesha Ghosh, Arani Muthurajah, Bakht Awar-Khan and William Zizek
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Describes the process of declaring someone unfit to stand trial and explores the stigma associated it.
  • Misconceptions about marijuana

    April 7, 2017 by Kavena Sivakumar, Alice Nassar, Halla Rahman, Waleed Dhillon and Elise MacLean
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Addresses misconceptions about marijuana including side effects and using marijuana to alleviate symptoms of medical conditions.
  • HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis

    April 7, 2017 by Kavena Sivakumar, Alice Nassar, Halla Rahman, Waleed Dhillon and Elise MacLean
    • Demystifying Medicine
    HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, also known as HIV PrEP, as a means to prevent HIV-1 infection
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

    April 7, 2017 by Kavena Sivakumar, Alice Nassar, Halla Rahman, Waleed Dhillon and Elise MacLean
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Discusses obsessive-compulsive disorder, its prevalence, causes, symptoms and current treatments.
  • Alcohol consumption: Fast facts and how to stay safe

    April 6, 2017 by Monica Naddafi, Amandeep Singh, Chante Ellis, Aqsa Hanif and Keerelos Tawadros
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Composition, various forms, types and recreational use of alcohol
  • Artificial sweeteners: Fighting or fueling obesity?

    April 6, 2017 by Stanley Wong, Karan Talwar, Cara McDiarmid, Tara Regmi and Jessica Gualteri
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Is it healthy to consumer artificial sweeteners or are there better alternatives?
  • Is cardiovascular disease really linked to a high-fat diet?

    April 6, 2017 by Monica Naddafi, Amandeep Singh, Chante Ellis, Aqsa Hanif & Keerelos Tawadros
    • Demystifying Medicine
    What evidence links or correlates a high-fat diet to cardiovascular disease?
  • Does cold weather actually make you sick?

    April 6, 2017 by Monica Naddafi, Amandeep Singh, Chante Ellis, Aqsa Hanif and Keerelos Tawadros
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Debunking the common myth that cold weather causes people to become sick.
  • Get your grandparents moving!

    April 6, 2017 by Stanley Wong, Karan Talwar, Cara McDiarmid, Tara Regmi and Jessica Gualteri
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Discusses the importance of exercise for the elderly.
  • Let's talc! The link between baby powder and ovarian cancer

    April 6, 2017 by Stanley Wong, Karan Talwar, Cara McDiarmid, Tara Regmi and Jessica Gualteri
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Looks at the link between the use of talc and the increased risk of developing ovarian cancer.
  • Cataracts 101

    April 6, 2017 by Stanley Wong, Karan Talwar, Cara McDiarmid, Tara Regmi and Jessica Gualteri
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Explores the biological causes of cataracts, what cataracts are and the surgery involved in removing them.
  • Is a healthy lifestyle the key to longevity?

    April 5, 2017 by (Ahmad) Zubair Banoor, Vanessa Sheng, Lavan Sivarajah and Danil Kopylov
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Explores the influence on aging of telomeres, the protective caps at the ends of DNA strands that shorten over time.
  • Zika virus: Explained

    April 3, 2017 by Corey Negin, Devin Glim, Aman Gill, Helen Marzec and Kimberly Dias
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Media coverage of the Zika virus, the history of the disease, transmission of the infection, areas of the world that are more susceptible, symptoms, treatment and prevention
  • Effects of alcohol on the brain

    April 3, 2017 by Corey Negin, Devin Glim, Aman Gill, Helen Marzec and Kimberly Dias
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Explores the effects of underage drinking on the brain
  • Does gum really stay in your stomach for seven years?

    April 3, 2017 by Corey Negin, Devin Glim, Aman Gill, Helen Marzec and Kimberly Dias
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Does gum remain in the stomach for seven years after being swallowed
  • Experience of depression

    April 3, 2017 by Corey Negin, Devin Glim, Aman Gill, Helen Marzec and Kimberly Dias
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Provides insight about the reality of battling depression on a daily basis.
  • Sensory compensation: A myth?

    April 2, 2017 by Muhammad Mateen, Karam Noel, Meena Al Saigh and Michael Romaniuk
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Evaluates the idea that when one sense such as sight is lost, another sense such as hearing may improve.
  • Alzheimer's disease: A caregiver's perspective

    April 2, 2017 by Zunaira Tariq, Hailey Leroux, Semir Bulle and Shatha Jaber
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Information about caring for loved ones suffering from Alzheimer's disease
  • Do people really have right or left brain personalities?

    April 2, 2017 by Zunaira Tariq, Hailey Leroux, Semir Bulle and Shatha Jaber
    • Demystifying Medicine
    What does research say about right vs left brain tests or the idea of hemispheric dominance.
  • Principles of immunology: "The Wizard of Organ Transplants"

    March 30, 2017 by students for McMaster Demystifying Medicine seminar series
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Focuses on the basic immunological mechanisms of organ transplants.
  • BCAAs: More gains or more lies?

    March 29, 2017 by Coomal Rashid, Manu Sharma, Shara Chowdhury and Aisha Ikra Saeed
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Explores claims that consuming BCAAs improves athletic performance and endurance.
  • Antibiotics and the genomic approach

    March 29, 2017 by students for McMaster University's Demystifying Medicine seminar series
    • Demystifying Medicine
    History of antibiotics and modern scientific advances including the genomic approach
  • What you need to know about macronutrients

    March 29, 2017 by Shara Chowdhury, Coomal Rashid, Ikra Saeed and Manu Sharma
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Looks into macronutrients and what you can do to ensure you are eating the recommended amount for your healthy diet.
  • Energy drinks: Worth the hype?

    March 29, 2017 by Coomal Rashid, Aisha Ikra Saeed, Shara Chowdhury and Manu Sharma
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Looks at energy drinks, how different ingredients in them interact within the body and the health effects of these ingredients.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis: Symptoms and diagnosis

    March 29, 2017 by Coomal Rashid, Aisha Ikra Saeed, Shara Chowdhury and Manu Sharma
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Looks at rheumatoid arthritis, how prevalent it is and how it is diagnosed.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis: Treatments

    March 29, 2017 by Coomal Rashid, Aisha Ikra Saeed, Shara Chowdhury and Manu Sharma
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Describes treatments and medications for rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis: Lifestyle changes

    March 29, 2017 by Coomal Rashid, Aisha Ikra Saeed, Shara Chowdhury and Manu Sharma
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Looks at life style changes that may help patients living with rheumatoid arthritis.
  • An overview of xerostomia: Dry mouth

    March 28, 2017 by Kamran Badalov, Ashish Mathews, Atika Qavi and Jesse Sidhu
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Describes xerostomia, its causes, how it is diagnosed and treatment options.
  • Insomnia

    March 28, 2017 by Chantal Gillett, Shalini Namathirtham, Tanya Kakkar, Harris Joseph and Kahiye Warsame
    • Demystifying Medicine
    An overview of insomnia including its symptoms, diagnostic criteria and management strategies.
  • Computer vision syndrome : "Mo screens, mo problems" ft. Eyez Cube & The Bad Eyed Peas

    March 27, 2017 by Muhammad Mateen, Karam Noel, Meena Al Saigh and Michael Romaniuk
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Describes computer vision syndrome and its symptoms experienced by frequent users of digital devices.
  • Peanut allergy in children

    March 26, 2017 by Aneesha Ghosh, Arani Muthurajah, Bakht Awar-Khan and William Zizek
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Developing a peanut allergy can be detrimental to the quality of life
  • Green tea detox

    March 26, 2017 by Arani Muthurajah, Aneesha Ghosh, Bakht Awar-Khan and William Zizek
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Looks at the ability of antioxidants in green tea to detoxify the body of accumulated toxins, providing health benefits.
  • Does Nutella cause cancer?

    March 26, 2017 by Aneesha Ghosh, Arani Muthurajah, Bakht Awar-Khan and William Zizek
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Evaluates the claim that Nutella may cause cancer and whether or not Nutella is detrimental to our health.
  • Healthy feet are happy feet: The diabetic foot

    March 23, 2017 by Lily S. M. Liu, Sara Levine, Zainab Naimpoor and Brittany Marinelli
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Looks at foot health care for diabetic patients, reviews the causes, risks, prevention and management strategies for foot ulcers.
  • It's spicy and we love it!

    March 23, 2017 by Jilin Zhang, Alysha Gillis, Harris Joseph and Paul Rooprai
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Discusses the link between spicy foods and stomach ulcers.
  • What is a spinal cord injury?

    March 22, 2017 by Manveer Singh, Emma Hudson, Patricia Kitala and Shahriar Ameri
    • Demystifying Medicine
    An overview of spinal cord injuries and research including epidemiology, causes, symptoms, treatments and cures.
  • Maroon's anatomy: Low cholesterol linked to violence

    March 15, 2017 by Stanis Xavier, Sina Nastarani, Mannish Jogendran and Noor Al-Switi
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Explores the relationship between occurrences of low cholesterol and episodes of violent behaviour.
  • Type 1 diabetes

    March 13, 2017 by students for McMaster University's Demystifying Medicine Seminar Series
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Provides an overview of type 1 diabetes, a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin.
  • Slow the effects of cognitive aging with the Mediterranean diet

    March 13, 2017 by Alysha Gillis, Harris Joseph, Paul Rooprai and Yilin Zhang
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Defines the Mediterranean diet and describes how it is beneficial for cognitive aging.
  • Are blue eyes actually brown? What determines eye colour?

    March 9, 2017 by (Ahmad) Zubair Banoor, Vanessa Sheng, Lavan Sivarajah and Danil Kopylov
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Examines the role of melanin, a naturally brown pigment, in determining eye colour.
  • What is multiple sclerosis?

    March 8, 2017 by Emma Hudson, Patricia Kitala, Manveer Singh, Shahriar Ameri
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Overview of multiple sclerosis (MS) and current research
  • Yoga 101: The basics of yoga

    March 6, 2017 by Monica Naddafi, Amandeep Singh, Chante Ellis, Aqsa Hanif and Keerelos Tawadros
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Discusses the history of yoga, yoga basics and demystifies notions about who can practice yoga.
  • What is marijuana?

    February 27, 2017 by Emma Hudson, Patricia Kitala, Manveer Singh, Shahriar Ameri
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Presents an overview on how marijuana exerts its effects, its medical uses and effects from long-term use.
  • What is peritoneal dialysis?

    February 14, 2017 by Ben Koonsakda, Sanam Gurm, Bandeep Kaur, Ahmed Khan and Sara Halawa
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Explains what peritoneal dialysis is and how it may lead to peritoneal fibrosis.
  • Demystifying birth control pills

    February 14, 2017 by Michelle Goldsand, Thomas Priyans, Charife Rabah and Zarwa Ayesha Saqib
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Describes the female reproductive system and how birth control pills work to alter the menstrual cycle.
  • Blue light effect at night

    February 12, 2017 by Alysha Gillis, Harris Joseph, Paul Rooprai and Yilin Zhang
    • Demystifying Medicine
    How sleep is disrupted by artificial light sources such as those from our electronic devices.
  • Depression: A student's perspective

    February 7, 2017 by Zunaira Tarique, Shatha Jaber, Semir Bulle and Haley Leroux
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Educates students about depression in order to minimize the stigma that is associated with the medical condition.
  • What are panic attacks?

    February 7, 2017 by Emma Hudson, Patricia Kitala, Manveer Singh and Shahriar Ameri
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Provides information about panic attacks and panic disorder — a condition where recurrent panic attacks are diagnosed.
  • What is shingles?

    February 6, 2017 by Jesse Sidhu, Kamran Badalov, Ashish Mathews and Atika Qavi
    • Demystifying Medicine
    An overview of shingles (herpes zoster) and the process in which it occurs in the body.
  • Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: Risk factors and diagnosis

    February 1, 2017 by Students for McMaster's Demystifying Medicine seminar series
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Risk factors and diagnosis involved with IPF
  • Developing an artificial kidney: Part 1 with Peter Margetts

    January 30, 2017 by Dr. Peter Margetts, professor of medicine at McMster University and nephrologist at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Presents an overview of chronic kidney disease and treatment options for end-stage kidney disease (ESKD).
  • Developing an artificial kidney: Part 2 with Kim Jones

    January 30, 2017 by Dr. Kim Jones, associate professor of chemical engineering at McMaster University
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Reviews the problems involved with the development of an implantable artificial kidney.
  • Developing an artificial kidney: Part 3 with Morteza Ahmadi

    January 30, 2017 by Dr. Morteza Ahmadi, co-founder and CEO of Qidni Labs
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Looks at the development of an implantable bioartificial kidney.
  • What to do when you can’t conceive?

    January 30, 2017 by Jordana Leader, Bianca Bantoto, Bilal Chaudhary, Megan Vierhout and Claudia Yousif
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Dr. Art Leader discusses infertility, a common health concern among couples.
  • How do I contract malaria?

    January 15, 2017 by Students for McMaster University's Demystifying Medicine Seminar Series
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Life cycle of the Plasmodium parasite responsible for malaria and its associated pathophysiology
  • Why are kidney transplant wait-lists so long?

    January 15, 2017 by students for Demystifying Medicine at McMaster University
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Explores the factors involved in the long wait-times for kidney transplants.
  • How do kidney stones form?

    January 14, 2017 by Bianca Bantoto, Bilal Chaudhary, Jordana Leader, Megan Vierhout and Claudia Yousif
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Explains what kidney stones are made of, how they form, and how they can be prevented.
  • Alzheimer's disease vs. dementia

    January 14, 2017 by Claudia Yousif, Bianca Bantoto, Bilal Chaudhary, Jordana Leader and Megan Vierhout
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Outlines the similarities and differences between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease