Most Popular Stories of 2017



  • Canadian recommendation for MDs call for reduced use of opioids

    January 30, 2017
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    Draft recommendations for Canadian physicians, which call for more cautious prescribing of opioids to patients with chronic pain, have been issued for public comment. The recommendations for clinical practice have been led by McMaster University researchers and developed by a large team of clinicians, researchers and patients. The work was funded by Health Canada.
  • McMaster's Niagara campus receives international award

    January 26, 2017
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    An intense focus on research by medical students has earned international praise for the Niagara Regional Campus of McMaster University's Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. The Association of American Medical Colleges recently awarded "The Star of Education Innovation" to the campus in recognition of the school's efforts of "promoting scholarship through development of a positive research culture."
  • McMaster prof named top young educator

    January 25, 2017
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    Assistant professor of medicine Dr. Teresa Chan has won the 2017 Young Educators Award from the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC).
  • Think, plan, jump!

    January 24, 2017
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    Imagine that one day you're working in the heart of London, UK and then the next you're travelling to Jordan amidst the Syrian refugee crisis… That just begins to describe the experience of Health Policy PhD student Ahmad Firas Khalid, who spent three months this summer in London, UK at an internship with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders. He writes about his experience as a Queen Elizabeth Scholar and shares his insights.
  • Fourteen Mac researchers among the world's most cited

    January 19, 2017
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    The 2016 listing of the world's most highly cited researchers includes 14 scientists from the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University. Clarivate Analytics recently released its Highly Cited Researchers list, formerly known as Thomson Reuter's annual publication of The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds. Nine McMaster researchers were listed in the clinical medicine category, five in social sciences, and one in psychiatry/psychology.
  • The future of research explored in Chanchlani lecture

    January 13, 2017
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    The professor who wrote the "cult classic" paper about why most published research findings are false, will give the Chanchlani Global Health Research lecture at McMaster University on Feb. 6. Dr. John Ioannidis, a Stanford University professor and one of the most cited experts in clinical medicine and social sciences, will talk about the current status of research practices and examine how these affect the use of scientific research in biomedicine and beyond.
  • McMaster professor awarded for complementary cancer care

    January 11, 2017
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    Back in the '90s, patients would ask radiation oncologist Dr. Stephen Sagarabout other approaches to their cancer care, but often those alternatives did not make sense or were potentially harmful. Those requests prompted the McMaster University oncology professor to start research into which evidence-based complementary therapies could be helpful, particularly with symptom control. He and his team have integrated acupuncture, exercise, meditation, yoga, tai chi and nutritional changes with conventional care.
  • Study shows not enough funding for prison health research

    January 11, 2017
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    Hamilton, ON (Jan. 10, 2017) – Little money is spent researching the health of prisoners in Canada, even though this is a large population with a disproportionate burden of illness, says a new study from McMaster University.
  • Bill Walsh was a 'doctor's doctor' and co-founder of McMaster medical school

    January 10, 2017
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    Dr. William Walsh, one of the five "founding fathers" of the McMaster University Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, died on Jan. 7 at age 92. Walsh was the second faculty member hired for the new medical school when the Hamilton physician was appointed assistant dean by the founding dean Dr. John Evans in August 1965. Along with three of Evans' colleagues from the University of Toronto -- Dr. Fraser Mustard, Dr. William Spaulding and Dr. James Anderson -- the five envisioned a then-radical approach to training physicians.
  • New book aims to better explain Ontario's health system

    January 6, 2017
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    Ever wondered how the Ontario health system works? You can find answers in a book edited by the McMaster Health Forum's director, entitled 'Ontario's health system: Key insights for engaged citizens, professionals and policymakers.' The goal of this book is to help make the system more understandable to students, the professionals who work in it (and future professionals who will one day work in it), citizens who pay for it and are served by it, and the policymakers who govern it.
  • CE&B is now the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact

    January 5, 2017
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    The widening scope of disciplines and expertise of McMaster University's Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CE&B) has led to a name change. The department is now officially the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact, to be known in short form as HEI. The name change, approved by the university's senate and the board of governors, was effective Jan. 1. "Our new name powerfully connects us to the department's history in evidence-based medicine and the global impact it has had," said Holger Schünemann, chair of HEI since 2009. "The name also captures the department's strategic goal of extending its leadership in achieving greater direct impact on people's health."
  • Cycling in bed is safe for ICU patients

    January 2, 2017
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    Early bicycle exercise during their stay in a hospital intensive care unit (ICU) may help some patients recover more quickly. Researchers at McMaster University and St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton have demonstrated that physiotherapists can safely start in-bed cycling sessions with critically ill, mechanically ventilated patients early on in their ICU stay.