Winter semester 2021

  • The IMPACT Initiative at McMaster University

    April 13, 2021 by Noah Stancati and Gursharan Mann
    • Demystifying Medicine
    The IMPACT initiative at McMaster University is a pristine example of a University-based organization, which strives to provide assistance to those living with disabilities, in hopes to improve their quality of life.
  • Effects of Exercise on Well-being of Older Adults

    April 12, 2021 by Danial Aminaei, Seyedeh Niki Sadat Afjeh, and Paniz Poursharif
    • Demystifying Medicine
    This video explores the effects of physical activity on older adults and investigates how exercise impacts physical and mental health in the elderly population.
  • Uncovering the Importance of Statistics With Dr. Thabane

    April 9, 2021 by Maiura Muralitharan, Armin Sariaslani, and Emilyanne Stocks
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Dr. Thabane unpacks why statistics is paramount to society and the difference between statistical significance and clinical significance.
  • Rehabilitation after COVID-19

    April 8, 2021 by Muskaan Mehta, Eshawn Kalia & Sarnti Sornpaisarn
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Everyone is familiar with COVID 19 but only some know about the recovery process that this virus brings. Learn about rehabilitation from COVID 19 alongside our fictional character Michael.
  • Taste Receptors

    April 7, 2021 by Nora Fatayerji, Gary Grewal, and Holly Crandon
    • Demystifying Medicine
    How do we perceive taste? Thanks to taste receptors, we will finally understand why apples are so sweet and lemons are so sour!
  • COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine Everything Answered

    April 6, 2021 by Kashif Daud, Kunwar Karim, Faran Chaudhry, Ihtisham Ahmad, and Sajid Wariach
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Note: this video only refers to the mRNA vaccine that is currently offered by Pfizer and Moderna.
  • The IMPACT Initiative at McMaster University

    April 5, 2021 by Noah Stancati and Gursharan Mann
    • Demystifying Medicine
    This video incorporates first-hand experiences from a co-leader of the IMPACT project named Alex who has been involved in the initiative for several years and continues to participate in the process of positively changing peoples’ lives.
  • Triple Negative Breast Cancer What You Need to Know

    April 5, 2021 by Sharleen Maduranayagam, Kriti Manuja, Krishna Patel & Armaan Sekhon
    • Demystifying Medicine
    This video provides a simplified explanation of what Triple Negative Breast Cancer is and its underlying molecular mechanisms.
  • The Silent Population Impact of COVID-19 on Elder Abuse

    April 2, 2021 by Hana Nazal, Sébastien Violette and Stephanie Wang
    • Demystifying Medicine
    This video aims to educate, assist, and provide a voice for our elders to help suppress the alarming rates of elder abuse, and create solutions for those who have been affected.
  • Breaking Barriers Focused Ultrasound for Alzheimers Treatment

    April 1, 2021 by Hana Nazal, Sébastien Violette, Stephanie Wang
    • Demystifying Medicine
    New uses of technology known as Magnetic Resonance-guided Focused Ultrasound provide hope for Alzheimer’s treatment, breaking the blood-barrier to allow drugs to pass through into the affected regions of the brain.
  • The Basics of Cell Signalling

    March 31, 2021 by Bilal Muhajireen, Kian O'Neil & Nana-Afia Agyeipah
    • Demystifying Medicine
    The video then dives deeper into the role of the endocrine system, as well as a specific example of endocrine signalling within our bodies demonstrated by the insulin signalling pathway.
  • Trisomy 21 How it Occurs at the Molecular Level

    March 30, 2021 by Gurjit Gill, Kiarash Forootan, Prabhdeep Gill and Zarin Hossain
    • Demystifying Medicine
    In this video, we dive into Trisomy 21, the most common type of Down Syndrome, and analyze its occurrence at the molecular level.
  • Uncovering the Sedentarism Pandemic

    March 29, 2021 by Arthiga Arumugarasan, Kruti Bhakta and Divya Tamilselvan
    • Demystifying Medicine
    This video outlines the characteristics of a sedentary lifestyle in the context of university students during a lockdown, the associated health risks and suggestions for how to reduce sedentary behaviours.
  • Prone Positioning

    March 26, 2021 by Nora Fatayerji, Gary Grewal, and Holly Crandon
    • Demystifying Medicine
    This video aims to help give a better understanding about prone positioning through explaining its history, how it has been used in previous conditions, highlight its application to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • COVID-19 Variants and Vaccine What We Know So Far

    March 25, 2021 by Clare McGall, Eric Lim, Sonya Grewal
    • Demystifying Medicine
    This video discusses the three COVID-19 variants of concern, explaining why they are concerning, what they mean for vaccine success, and the future of this pandemic.
  • A Deep Dive Into The Fragile X Syndrome

    March 24, 2021 by Ishmanjeet Singh, Nevena Savija, Tarin Moni, and Ali Mohmed Mousaei
    • Demystifying Medicine
    This video aims to take a deep dive into understanding Fragile X Syndrome's symptoms, treatments and inheritance pattern.
  • A Novel Approach to Treat Parkinsons Disease

    March 23, 2021 by Muntaha Ahmed, Stephanie Amoah, William Douglas, Youssef El-Sayes
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Therefore, this video is meant to provide general information on a Parkinson's Treatment, NTRC3531-0, and it does not act as a substitute for medical advice.
  • Aortic Valve Stenosis An Overview and Potential Treatments

    March 22, 2021 by Bilal Muhajireen, Kian O'Neil & Nana-Afia Agyeipah
    • Demystifying Medicine
    The purpose of this video is to inform those who are not familiar with aortic valve stenosis and to provide general information for those affected by the disease.
  • Working Out ADHD in Kids

    March 19, 2021 by Arthiga Arumugarasan, Kruti Bhakta and Divya Tamilselvan
    • Demystifying Medicine
    In this video we outline the neuroscience of ADHD and how exercise can be used as adjunctive therapy to help alleviate symptoms in children.
  • What is Asthma #KidZone​

    March 18, 2021 by Fatima Ahmad, Madison Barrett, Mackenzie Thorpe
    • Demystifying Medicine
    This video follows Reese, who has also been diagnosed with severe asthma. It will explain what asthma is, what some common triggers are, how your body is responding with the help of your immune cells and some advice on how to manage your disease.
  • Demystifying pulmonary fibrosis with single cell RNA sequencing Podcast with Dr. Kaminski

    March 17, 2021 by Julie Vo and Rawan Al-Nasery
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Dr. Naftali Kaminski, Professor at the Yale School of Medicine, has a laboratory where an IPF Cell Atlas has been built that is helping define disease-specific transcriptional profiles and functions in disease pathophysiology.
  • Demystifying Antibodies - Applications in Research and Health (Part 2/2)

    March 16, 2021 by Danya Thayaparan
    • Demystifying Medicine
    This video will continue defining the basic principles of antibodies and explore the utility of antibody-based technologies in health diagnostics.
  • CRISPR Explained

    March 15, 2021 by Noah Stancati, Ihtisham Ahmad and Gursharan Mann
    • Demystifying Medicine
    This video will provide a simplified description of how the CRISPR-Cas9system works.
  • Demystifying Antibodies - Applications in Research and Health (Part 1/2)

    March 15, 2021 by Joshua McGrath
    • Demystifying Medicine
    This video will define the basic principles of antibodies and explore the utility of antibody-based technologies in health diagnostics.
  • How Opioid Overdoses Occur - Mechanism and Interventions

    March 12, 2021 by Sarnti Sornpaisarn, Eshawn Kalia, Muskaan Mehta
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Learn about the mechanisms behind opioid overdoses and how safe consumption sites and naloxone kits can be used as interventions.
  • The Rise of Tooth Decay (Cavities) in Children

    March 11, 2021 by Gurjit Singh Gill, Prabhdeep Gill, Zarin Hossain, Kiarash Forootan
    • Demystifying Medicine
    In this video, we provide an introduction to tooth decay (cavities), through an explanation of its symptoms, causes, risk factors, diagnoses, treatments, and prevention methods.
  • Just Add Salt

    March 10, 2021 by Nevena Savija, Ishmanjeet Singh, Tarin Moni, and Ali Mohmed-Mousaei
    • Demystifying Medicine
    We dove into the history of the existing salt recommendations, illuminating that there is a lack of evidence to support the claims that high sodium intake leads to hypertension, and in fact, effects of low sodium intakes are underestimated.
  • Can zinc really prevent COVID-19

    March 9, 2021 by Gurjit Singh Gill, Prabhdeep Gill, Zarin Hossain, Kiarash Forootan
    • Demystifying Medicine
    In this video, we provide a scientific-based approach to determining whether or not zinc can prevent COVID-19.
  • Covid-19 vaccines and varients with Dr. Mullarkey

    March 5, 2021 by Alexandra Marques, Armin Sariaslani, and Emilyanne Stocks
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Dr. Caitlin Mullarkey is interviewed in this video to answer the most frequently asked questions about the coronavirus. Dr. Mullarkey has extensive knowledge and expertise in infectious disease and vaccine development.
  • A Post-Covid Mind ft. Dr. John Connolly

    March 5, 2021 by Armaan Sekhon, Kriti Manuja, Sharleen Maduranayagam & Krishna Patel
    • Demystifying Medicine
    This podcast features Dr. John Connolly who sheds light on the unknown and rapidly emerging neurological symptoms associated with post-acute infection of COVID-19.
  • Tourettes Syndrome Under 6 Minutes

    March 4, 2021 by Armaan Sekhon, Kriti Manuja, Sharleen Maduranayagam and Krishna Patel
    • Demystifying Medicine
    This video will present additional background information on Tourette’s, highlight the different presentations of motor and vocal tics, and outline steps individuals with Tourette’s can take in order to suppress sudden outbursts in their movement or speech.
  • Alcohol Consumption + Pregnancy - A Bad Mix

    March 3, 2021 by Asma Bhutto, Jaskarn Bhogal, & Rutvi Brahmbhatt
    • Demystifying Medicine
    This video provides information on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) which occur as a result of alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
  • Vaping VS Smoking A Closer Look

    March 2, 2021 by William Douglas, Youssef El-Sayes, Stephanie Amoah and Muntaha Ahmed.
    • Demystifying Medicine
    In this video we discuss what vaping is and address some questions related to this topic.
  • Burnout Symptoms and Strategies

    March 1, 2021 by Nora Fatayerji, Gary Grewal, and Holly Crandon
    • Demystifying Medicine
    This video aims to provide information on how to recognize symptoms and how to prevent or cope with burnout syndrome.
  • Sleep and Dreams - How do they work

    February 26, 2021 by Kherto Ahmed, Sue Cha, and Teshan Dias Desinghe
    • Demystifying Medicine
    This video will explore the molecular mechanisms behind the different stages of the sleep cycle and how dreams occur in relationship to sleep.
  • Covid19 & the Brain

    February 25, 2021 by Sukhsahij Gill, Katrina Hartmann and Mahima Joshi
    • Demystifying Medicine
    In this video, we continue our exploration of the neurological impacts of COVID-19 by delving into the cellular mechanisms of how the virus infects and causes damage in our brain.
  • Living with Bipolar Disorder

    February 24, 2021 by Mark Bertone, Jasmine Leung, Teja Koi and Maha Arif
    • Demystifying Medicine
    In this video, we will discuss what Bipolar Disorder is, the symptoms of manic, hypomanic, and depressive episodes, and comparing the difference between Bipolar Disorder Type 1 and Type 2.
  • How Many Likes is Your Body Worth - The Impact of Social Media on Body Image

    February 23, 2021 by Kavya Patel, Michelle Mariaprabhu, & Hafsa Mir
    • Demystifying Medicine
    This video will delve into the different ways that idealized pictures of bodies impact both men and women.
  • New Cancer Treatment Radiopharmaceuticals

    February 22, 2021 by Priyanka Lamba, Makenzie Lamb, and Purviben Mahida
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Targeted internal radiation therapy uses radioactive molecules that can target and bind to the surface of cancer cells, destroying their DNA and killing them.
  • Covid-19 and The Loss of Taste and Smell

    February 19, 2021 by Manpreet Chopra, Jasleen Gill, Zoe Huang, Sriraam Sivachandran, Melanie Yang
    • Demystifying Medicine
    In this video, we will explain the mechanism behind losing our sense of smell and taste and share a story of how COVID-19 has affected an individual.
  • Ketamine for Depression Part 2

    February 18, 2021 by Anisa Rana, Barjot Gill, Julie Cho, Saad Ahmed, Vivek Parmar
    • Demystifying Medicine
    In part two, we will be taking a look at who qualifies for treatment with ketamine, treatment predictors, and other disorders that ketamine may be used to treat.
  • Ketamine for Depression Part 1

    February 17, 2021 by Anisa Rana, Barjot Gill, Julie Cho, Saad Ahmed, Vivek Parmar
    • Demystifying Medicine
    This video discusses how ketamine works and common side effects.
  • The transition from in-person to online schooling A word from the students

    February 16, 2021 by Manpreet Chopra, Jasleen Gill, Zoe Huang, Sriraam Sivachandran, and Melanie Yang
    • Demystifying Medicine
    This video delves deeper into how students are dealing with the pandemic and the advantages and disadvantages that come with online learning.
  • Mental Health During the Pandemic

    February 15, 2021 by Jiawen Deng, Jiawei Sun, Simran Saini, Gurratan Gill
    • Demystifying Medicine
    In this video we cover the impact of covid-19 on mental health, who is most at risk, and what you can do to improve your mental wellness during this difficult time.
  • Understanding Bipolar Disorder

    February 12, 2021 by Sakshi Sinha and Paniz Poursharif
    • Demystifying Medicine
    This video explores bipolar disorder, a mental disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood and energy, specifically presenting what bipolar disorder is and the symptoms, types, causes, diagnosis, and treatments associated with the disorder.
  • A clear view on age-related macular degeneration

    February 11, 2021 by Fowad Daud, Mohamed Gareiw, Matthew Yanovski, Ihtisham Ahmed
    • Demystifying Medicine
    Here we discuss the disease that is one of the leading causes of blindness in North America.
  • The Science of Consciousness

    February 10, 2021 by Dr. Mitchell Abrams
    • Demystifying Medicine
    In this seminar, Dr. Abrams discusses the importance of self-care, divulging the art and science behind mindfulness practices from a biopsychosocial model of health.
  • Sugar Addiction When is it too sweet?

    February 10, 2021 by Andy Wu, Marut Patel and Syed Syeddan
    • Demystifying Medicine
    The video highlights the key facets of addiction, the effect it has on our brain, and its relation to the obesity epidemic.
  • Does Marijuana Cause Schizophrenia?

    February 9, 2021 by Students Matthew Yanovski, Mohamed Gareiw, Syed Fowad Daud and Ihtisham Ahmad
    • Demystifying Medicine
    This video investigates a link between marijuana and the mental health disorder schizophrenia.
  • Telemedicine Is this the right call?

    February 8, 2021 by Andy Wu, Marut Patel, and Syed Syeddan
    • Demystifying Medicine
    The goal of telemedicine is not to replace traditional medicine however, it aims to enhance the quality of care that is provided while increasing efficiency.



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