COVID-19: McMaster researchers have been sharing their expertise:

Canadian scientists at forefront of global response

  • Charu Kaushic (Pathology and Molecular Medicine) and scientific director of the CIHR Institute for Infection and Immunity spoke to The Canadian Press about funding available for research into the new virus. The story was picked up by numerous national media outlets.

What we know and what we don’t know

  • Mark Loeb (Pathology and Molecular Medicine/IIDR) spoke to ZOOMER magazine about wearing masks and reducing transmission.

McMaster develops tool for coronavirus battle

  • Andrew McArthur and Jalees Nasir (Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences/IIDR) spoke to The Hamilton Spectator and CHCH TV about a tool they developed to help determine how the virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading and whether it is evolving.

Treatment and containment should be based on evidence

  • An opinion piece about putting evidence into action during outbreaks like COVID-19 by Ahmed Firas Khalid (McMaster Health Forum) at The Conversation Canada was picked up by the Canadian Press and 570 News.

Plans for coronavirus in care homes

  • Rhonda Collins (Family Medicine) spoke to Global News about how Canadian long-term care homes are preparing for coronavirus

The flu season and the coronavirus

  • Matthew Miller (Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences/IIDR) was interviewed by Sirius XM radio and Zoomer magazine.

In other news:

Researchers find cannabis has antibiotic properties

Mental health challenges four times higher in young mothers

  • There was further coverage of a study by Ryan Van Lieshout (Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences) that shows that two out of three young mothers have at least one mental health problem. A HealthDay article was picked up by Drugs.com, Doctors Lounge, US News and World Report, and the Wellness Hub.

Student mentored by CEO of Facebook

  • The Chronicle Herald spoke to Chris Zhou (BHSc Program) about his experience being mentored by Facebook managing director Garrick Tiplady, and his plans for the future.

Prisoners need timely access to opioid agonist therapy

  • The Conversation Canada published an opinion piece by Claire Bodkin (Family Medicine) and colleagues about the lack of treatment for opioid use in Canada’s prisons and jails.

Psychological conditions in mother impact gut immunity in infants

  • MD Magazine noted a study by Ryan Van Lieshout (Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences) that compared the mental health outcomes of young mothers to both older mothers and teenage women who are without children.

NICU babies at risk for later mental health issues

  • A HealthDay article noted research by Andreea Chiorean (Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosceinces) that looked at the childhood and adolescent mental health of NICU graduates. Drugs.com, Doctor’s Lounge, Medical Xpress and Physicians Briefing posted the article.

Traffic congestion is destroying musculoskeletal health

  • The Daily Star wrote about research by Zakir Uddin (Rehabilitation Science) that looked at the effect of traffic congestion on the musculoskeletal health of people living and working in Dhaka, Bangladesh.