Faculty of Medicine in the Media: September, 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 September 22 – 30

Chief science adviser vows to make her advice to government public (Ottawa Citizen)
Dr. Mona Nemer, former vice-president of research and professor, Faculty of Medicine, notes that as Canada's new chief science adviser, she'll make her advice to the government public, as long as it doesn't violate national security. 

This Ottawa woman got an eyeball tattoo and now she could lose her eye (Global News)
Dr. Setareh Ziai, Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology, comments on a Canadian woman's risky tattoo on her eyeball that may leave her partially blind.

Intensive rehab can help military patients work after brain injuries (Reuters)
Dr. Markus Besemann, lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, comments on a UK study that found that four in five military service members who suffer brain injuries may be able to return to military or civilian work after they get treatment at inpatient rehabilitation facilities.

Once-slice-or-two pizza debate misses the point, say diet experts (Ottawa Citizen)
Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, Assistant Professor of Family medicine, and Barbara Khouzam, Faculty of Health Sciences, share their thoughts on the controversy surrounding an Ottawa area school’s decision to limit the amount of pizza that students can consume at its weekly pizza lunches to one slice.

Where are the voices defending tax fairness? (Vancouver Province)
In an op-ed, Dr. Michael Wolfson, Professor in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health, comments on responses to federal Finance minister Bill Morneau's proposals for tightening tax breaks associated with private companies.

Week of September 15 – 21

Why the rich should revolt -- and it's not for the reasons they think (National Post)
Dr. Michael Wolfson, Professor in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health is a co-author of a 2014 study titled: Piercing the Veil: Private Corporations and the Income of the Affluent, which analyzes small business corporations.

In fight over ads aimed at kids, retailers and food makers count on Trudeau's 'evidence-based policy' promise (Global News)
Dr. Monique Potvin-Kent, Assistant Professor in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health, testified at the Senate's Social Affairs, Science and Technology committee and noted that there is no evidence connecting advertising aimed at kids to obesity levels.

Week of September 08 - 14

Doctor from Stellarton delving into heart health (New Glasgow News)
Dr. Lynn Megeney, Associate Professor in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, is well on the way to helping people who suffer from heart disease, with “game-changing” new scientific findings.

Lunchbox letdown: parents grapple with long list of banned foods at schools (CBC News Ottawa)
Dr. Anthony Ham Pong, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, argues that schools should exercise common sense when it comes to allergy policies.

Health groups support 19 as minimum age for pot in Ontario (Ottawa Citizen)
Dr. Andra Smith, Neuroscientist at the Faculty of Medicine, comments on the age of majority suggested for the purchase of marijuana, "19 makes sense as a minimum age, even though brain development is not complete."

The metal springs that can give failing hearts a much-needed boost for millions of people (Daily Mail)
Canadian researchers at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Medicine have found a human protein can help heart muscle grow normally after heart failure.

Week of September 01 - 07

Standing up for female scientists (London Free Press)
Dr. Kristin Baetz, Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology & Director of Ottawa Institute of Systems Biology, shares her thoughts on the need of equity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Max's Big Ride returns with research (The Medium)
Max's Big Ride, an initiative to raise awareness about Duchenne muscular dystrophy and fundraise towards finding a cure, paid a visit to the Centre for Neuromuscular Disease at the University of Ottawa.

India top contributor of research in bogus journals (News Today)
Research by Dr. David Moher, Associate Professor in the school of Epidemiology and Public Health, found that a majority of papers in suspected biomedical predatory journals (57 per cent) are from high or upper middle income countries.

Predatory journals that publish questionable research a global problem: study (CTV News)
Research by Dr. David Moher, Associate Professor in the school of Epidemiology and Public Health, and his team found that high-income countries like the United States and Japan are not immune to so-called "predatory" journals that publish "junk science" or poorly-vetted research.

Scholar's blog defends female circumcision; Post draws criticism from multiple groups (National Post)
Dr. Corinne Packer, Researcher in the school of Epidemiology and Public Health, comments on a blog post by a foreign Islamic scholar advocating for female circumcision: "Any cutting of the genitalia for non-medical reasons is prohibited - it has been prohibited for 20 years."

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