McMaster University

Demystifying Medicine
Seminar Series


Short presentations and interviews made by students enrolled in HTH SCI 4DM3

Marijuana: Harmful or Helpful?

There are many misconceptions about medical marijuana. Many people do not know how it can be beneficial and whether it can be used as treatment. This video will be explaining what medical marijuana is, the difference between the two most commonly
studied cannabinoids; THC and CBD, our body’s ability to create cannabinoids, information about the risks and side effects, as well as research findings on whether medical marijuana could help treat patients.

— Created by Health Science 4DM3 students Vyshnavi Mahendran, Jaspreet Nannar, Tiger Liu, Manu Sharma and Patrick Kim

Note: That this video is intended to educate viewers about medical marijuana not promote it.

Debunking Diet Myths

This interactive video will debunk some examples of commonly believed diet myths using scientific evidence.

— Created by Elizabeth Chan, Hannah Cho, Zainab Naimpoor, Rubaid Dhillon and Pavan Matharu

5 Misconceptions About Nutrition

Everybody loves listicles, right? Presented above is an evidence-based video on 5 misconceptions that are held by the general public when it comes to food, nutrition, and healthy living. From the vilification of dietary fats to the misunderstanding of nutritional trends, you might learn a thing or two you didn't know before.

— Created by Patrick Kim, Manu Sharma, Jaspreet Nannar, Vyshnavi Mahendran and Tiger Liu

Demystifying Medicine: The Truth About Trans and Saturated Fats!

This health report examines a groundbreaking study done by de Souza et al. (McMaster University) to show its implications on the general public (i.e, newswatchers).

The video explains a systematic review and meta­-analysis of over 120 nutrition clinical trials, linking the saturated vs. trans fats with different health concerns, such as coronary heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

— Created by HTH SCI 4DM3 students Anser Daud, Mario Hanna, Khizar Karim, Megan Morris and Aalok Shah

Creatine: Does It Actually Work?

Creatine is an amino acid derivative commonly used by athletes during high intensity exercises. Where is creatine stored in the body? What is the general mechanism behind this ergogenic aid? Are there clinical studies supporting the use of creatine? Are there any adverse effects? What is the standard loading protocol?

A special acknowledgement and warm thank you to Dr. Michelle MacDonald, an Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences at McMaster University, for allowing us to interview her and for providing her biochemical expertise about creatine.

— Created by McMaster Demystifying Medicine 4DM3 students Zion Lee, Annelise Kohler, Fangyi (Fanny) Liu, Eshan Shah and Rafaella Shamans

Demystifying the myths surrounding artificial sweeteners

Have you ever been concerned about the health effects of Artificial sweeteners in your sweetened beverages? This video discusses and evaluates popular claims that surround this controversial sugar alternative.

— Created by Archita Srinath, Haider Abed, Akshay Venkatesh, Kyra Posterski and Cindy Li

Medical Myth — Health Effects of Red Wine

Are there any health benefits from drinking red wine? This video will explore the possible effects that red wine can have on your health.

— Created by McMaster students for Demystifying Medicine seminar series

Medical Myth: We only use 10% of our brain

In this video, the myth that humans only use 10% of their brain is debunked.

— Created by McMaster students for Demystifying Medicine seminar series

Medical Myth Busters — Chocolate and Acne

This video looks at the common myth regarding the relationship between chocolate and acne.

— Created by McMaster students for Demystifying Medicine seminar series

Ebola Virus: Public Perception and Misconceptions

All of the students enrolled in Core 1 of the McMaster Demystifying Medicine Course took part in a presentation demonstrating the various perceptions held by the public on the matter of the Ebola virus.

The topics discussed range from the pathophysiology/symptoms of Ebola to its etiology and prevention of spread. The overall presentation aims to deconstruct the misconceptions around Ebola and highlight some important facts to increase knowledge and understanding of the disease.

— Created by Branson Chen, Jaipaul Dhaliwal, Pavithra Parthasarathy, Rod Rodjanapiches, Mark Tenn, Nawabzada Alam, David Hanna, Shavaiz Malik, Susie Son, Matthew Wong-Pack, Philipp Kolb, Alon Coret, Babak Nouhi, Christopher Chiang, Warren Viegas, Yalda Karimi, Vaibhav Manohar, Simranpal Dhanju, Sharnpreet Kooner and Radwa Elsharawi

THC Stays in Your System for 30 Days!

Marijuana is quickly becoming a hot topic within political and societal discussions. In Canada, 33% of 18- to 24-year-olds reported using marijuana in the past year. Although, the usage of this drug is increasing, there is still a lack of research-based information online. This video aims to demystify the myth that “THC stays in your system for 30 days’ and disseminate information regarding how this drug affect the human body.

— Created by Helen Kim, Jessica Kun, Lyndsay Rayner, Nicole Vandenheuvel and Fadi Hana

Medical Myth — To Supplement or Not

This is a short video looking at whether taking supplements can be beneficial for your health or not.

— Created by McMaster students for Demystifying Medicine seminar series

Medicine Myth — Vaccines and Autism

This video looks at the concerns over the relationship between vaccines and autism occurence.

— Created by McMaster students for Demystifying Medicine seminar series

Does Cold Weather Make You Sick?

Let’s finally bust the myth - if it’s a myth after all. Does going outside with wet hair creates a living environment for infectious agents, leading to the development of flu-like symptoms?

These symptoms include but are not limited to the common cough, fever as well as headaches. Our goal is to inform the general public about the factors involved in acquiring the common cold — and whether or not cold temperatures affect its likelihood.

— Created by HTH SCI 4DM3 students Anser Daud, Mario Hanna, Khizar Karim, Megan Morris and Aalok Shah

Does the Flu Cause Schizophrenia?

This is a question puzzling physiologists worldwide, and a correlation which has been documented through countless studies. This video investigates the newly observed correlation between prenatal influenza exposure and adult schizophrenia onset. Primary research indicates the possible cause of this correlation may be the mother or fetus’ immune response in reaction to the virus itself. Please see below references for more information on mechanisms and evidence observed.

— Created by Elise Granton, Roshni Patel, Nadine Islam, Omar Shawaf and Erin Harvey

Debunking Preterm Births

— Created by McMaster students for Demystifying Medicine seminar series

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