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 22 – 31

Ottawa's supervised injection site will have high-tech drug analyzing device (Ottawa Citizen) 
Dr. Lynne Leonard, Assistant Professor at the School of Epidemiology and Public Health, announced that her team has secured funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to install a mass spectrometer to analyze drugs at a supervised injection site set to open this fall at the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre.

Is This the Real Thing? How the Brain Separates Fantasy From Reality (TVN)
Dr. Georg Northoff, Professor in the department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, comments on a study that questions how humans separate illusion from reality.

Markham-Stouffville MP Jane Philpott part of cabinet shuffle (York Region)
Dr. Jane Philpott, who completed a family medicine residency at the University of Ottawa, will lead the new federal Ministry of Indigenous Services.

Let's stand up for female scientists and researchers; Tackling today's challenges requires everyone's insight, says Kristin Baetz (Ottawa Citizen) 
Dr. Kristin Baetz, Professor in the department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, shares her thoughts on the need of equity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Close loophole that gives the rich back-door income (Winnipeg Free Press)
Dr. Michael Wolfson, Professor in the school of Epidemiology and Public Health, shares his thoughts on Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau's discussion paper which aimed at closing a number of loopholes that allow mainly rich taxpayers to use private companies to reduce their taxes.

Imaging Test May Detect Heart Damage in Breast Cancer Patients (Pharmacy Choice)
The University of Ottawa Heart Institute has recently launched a clinical trial to assess the use of a new test for breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy that may help identify women at increased risk of heart damage.

Novel Practices Could Lead to Safer Outcomes in Procedural Sedation for Kids (Medindia Health News)
Dr. Maala Bhatt, Associate Professor in the department of Faculty of Medicine, is the lead author of a study that found that the incidence of serious adverse events was lowest among children sedated with ketamine-alone and highest among patients sedated with combination drugs ketamine plus propofol or fentanyl.

Week of August 15- 21

Sweat Rate Linked to Body Mass, Not Gender (Bicycling South Africa)
Dr. Sean Notley, Faculty of Medicine, is one of the primary researchers in a study that found that rather than hormones and gender, body mass is what impacts sweat rate the most.

Stressed during pregnancy? Your child could have behavioural problems, U of O study finds (CBC News)
Dr. Ian Colman, Associate Professor in the school of Epidemiology and Public Health, led a study that found that mothers who experience significant prenatal stress may be increasing their child's risk for behavioural issues.

Man says he was cured of pedophilia at Ottawa clinic: 'It's like a weight that's been lifted' (TVN)
The article discusses the “unconventional” approach developed by Dr. Paul Fedoroff, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, to “cure” pedophilia. Martin Lalumière, Faculty of Social Sciences, explains that Sexual Behaviour Clinics traditionally focus on strategies to avoid risky situations.

This protein makes your heart fit without actually exercising it (Pakistan Observer)
Dr. Lynn Megeney, Associate Professor in the department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, is the senior author of a study that shows how the cardiotrophin 1 protein might have the same positive effects on the heart as exercise.

Dementia is not a runaway train. We can delay its onset (The Globe and Mail)
The article outlines tips to delay the onset of dementia extracted from a book written by Dr. Antoine Hakim, Full Professor of Neurology at the Faculty of Medicine, titled Save Your Mind: Seven Rules To Avoid Dementia.

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

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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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