Three research papers with Faculty of Health Sciences authors have earned spots on the 2018 Altmetric Top 100 papers that caught wide attention around the world last year.

The annual list highlights research published in 2018 that has generated significant international online attention and discussion – from post-publication peer review sites and public policy documents to mainstream media, blogs, Wikipedia, and social media platforms.

McMaster researchers led one of the top 100 papers, and contributed to another two.

In 45th spot is the paper entitled Adjuvant Chemotherapy Guided by a 21-Gene Expression Assay in Breast Cancer. Timothy Whelan, professor of oncology, was an author of the article published in the New England Journal of Medicine inJuly 2018.  The study assessed the usefulness of chemotherapy for a specific and common variant of breast cancer, and found that less than a third of women with this type of cancer need chemo.

The PURE study, led by Salim Yusuf, professor of medicine, again made the list. The paper, The effect of physical activity on mortality and cardiovascular disease in 130 000 people from 17 high-income, middle-income, and low-income countries: the PURE study, was published in The Lancet in December 2017 and came in at number 60.

This study found that moderate exercise of just 150 to 750 minutes each week led to a marked drop in the risk for heart disease. In addition to Yusuf, additional study authors affiliated with the Population Health Research Institute (PHRI) of McMaster and Hamilton Health Sciences are: Weihong Hu, Sumathy Rangarajan, Darryl Leong, Amparo Casanova and Koon Teo.

The 95th paper on the list is Acute Myocardial Infarction after Laboratory-Confirmed Influenza Infection which found a possible association between the flu and heart attacks. Marek Smieja, professor of pathology and molecular medicine, was among the authors of the paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine inJanuary 2018.

"The Altmetric Top 100 continues to highlight an array of fascinating and diverse research that often relates to the broader cultural zeitgeist and the year's most notable events," said Catherine Williams, COO of Altmetric. "From climate change to misinformation and diets, the most widely shared and discussed research focuses on global challenges that affect us all. Encouragingly, the levels of attention we see here demonstrates that expert knowledge still plays a very central role in our shared understanding of these issues."

This year's list features papers published in 45 different journals. TheUniversity of Cambridge had the most affiliated papers (10 papers), while the journal Science featured more than any other (12 times).

Read the full list here:

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