Faculty of Medicine in the Media: August, 2017

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Here is a highlight of where our faculty members, learners and alumni have appeared in the news this month.

Week of August 8- 14

How your mind protects you against hallucinations (Science Magazine)
Dr. Georg Northoff, Full Professor in the department of Psychiatry, comments on a new study that suggests the brain can separate illusion from reality by constantly questioning its own past expectations and beliefs.

Force drug firms to reveal payments to doctors, health leaders urge (The Globe and Mail)
Dr. Amir Attaran, Faculty of Law and Faculty of Medicine, helped craft the legal argument in a letter calling on the federal government to use the power it has under the Patent Act to force drug companies to reveal their payments to doctors.

Naturally-occurring protein can trick the heart into healing, say Ottawa scientists (Ottawa Citizen)
Dr. Lynn Megeney, Associate Professor in the department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine and Dr. Duncan Stewart in the department of Medicine, found that the CT1 protein can repair heart damage and improve blood flow in animals – raising hopes that successful treatments for heart disease can be developed for humans.

Food, beverage marketing aimed at bypassing parents (Times-Colonist)
Dr. Monique Potvin Kent, Assistant Professor in the school of Epidemiology and Public Health, pens an open letter warning parents of the amount of unhealthy food and beverage marketing to which their children are exposed.

Let’s talk about male infertility (Toronto Star)
Dr. Arthur Leader, Full Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Medicine (Endocrinology), discusses the decline in sperm counts in men and suggests ways to optimize male fertility.

Lyme disease stirs fear, frustration; Ticks turning up in urban areas as doctors, public realize risk (Ottawa Citizen)
Dr. Manisha Kulkarni, Assistant Professor in the school of Epidemiology and Public Health and her team are working to combine satellite data of the Ottawa-area landscape, tick surveillance data and reports of new human cases of Lyme disease to be able to predict who is most at risk.


French Media

Semaine du 1-7 Aout

Pourquoi nous sommes drogués au sucre (Yahoo)
Selon le Dr Yoni Freedhoff, Faculté de médecine, « nous vivons dans un environnement qui nous pousse à consommer des calories et du sucre. »

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