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    • May 18, 2017

    Too busy to stay on top of the latest in mental health research? Let MentalHealth⁺ do the work for you.

    We are proud to announce the public launch of our latest project, MentalHealth + . This pre-appraised premium literature service directs the latest information from the world of mental health research straight into your inbox. MentalHealth + was designed to act as your own personalized filter to the most relevant mental health research. MentalHealth + is a service of the Health Information Research Unit, McMaster...
    • Nov 28, 2016

    Keeping Parents in the Developmental Health Loop

    We are proud to announce that we have officially launched a parent-friendly discussion aid to complement the enhanced 18-Month well-baby visit . We would like to introduce you to our new web app, known as the 18-Month Well-Baby Visit Planner . Developed in collaboration with the Government of Ontario, the Planner invites parents to explore key topics related to their child’s developmental health and personalize...
    • Oct 27, 2016

    The Developmental Pathway to Success – Think of the children!

    Parents know what it means to want the best for their children. But while parents do their utmost to support their young children it can be unclear just what healthy childhood development looks like. The Ontario Government recognizes this unique problem and recommends that parents and caregivers take children to visit a health care provider for what is known as the Enhanced 18-Month Well-Baby Visit. Health care professionals...
    • Sep 29, 2016

    Comprehending Our Cardiovascular Constitution

    Today is World Heart Day 2016 ! A day that is meant to bring a healthier awareness to one of the most important organs in our bodies. Take some time to appreciate what your heart does for you, and remind your patients to do the same. But what happens...
    • Sep 12, 2016

    Being clear about diagnostic imaging

    Summer is winding down and September has come, which means that it is the perfect time of year to be putting our thinking caps back on. Whether you are a new med student, resident or other health professions trainee there is always something new to...
    • Aug 15, 2016

    Helpful Hints of Hydration

    Summertime in Canada is for many an opportunity to enjoy plenty of fun and relaxation. As Canadians, we frequently enjoy our time off during the summer months playing sports, exercising, or spending time at the cottage with family and friends. We l...
    • Aug 2, 2016

    Mental health, homelessness and exposure

    Patients with mental illness are particularly vulnerable during extreme heat events this summer for a number of biopsychosocial reasons. Social conditions, medications and other health conditions can all contribute to the increased risk for heat-rela...
    • Jul 25, 2016

    Seniors and summer safety

    As we age, keeping our bodies cool can get a little bit harder. Older adults are at an increased risk for developing heat-related illness , in part, because of reduced sweating ability and reduced cardiac capacity. Other risk factors, such as various ...
    • Jul 18, 2016

    Cool Kids

    Building sand castles at the beach, swimming in your neighbour’s pool, playing soccer behind the school; these are the things that make childhood summers great. But summer fun isn’t without some cautions. Children and infants are one of ...
    • Jul 11, 2016

    Are your patients active this summer?

    On a hot, humid day we all appreciate the cool blast of air conditioning. And while some of us can hardly imagine leaving these temperature-controlled comforts, others embrace the heat in pursuit of loftier goals: being physically active. Whether exe...
    • Jul 4, 2016

    Which of your patients are at risk this summer?

    When we think about summer safety, it’s easy to recall warnings against leaving pets in cars on hot days; sunscreen and skin cancer have made their way into popular discourse; and everyone knows it’s important to stay hydrated. But helpin...
    • Jun 27, 2016

    Getting ready for extreme heat

    Summer is here and as temperatures rise, it’s time to begin preparing for extreme heat events. Extreme heat poses a risk for our patients, and their families, as high temperatures can cause heat-related illnesses, exacerbate pre-existing condit...
    • Jun 2, 2016

    New credit system coming summer 2016

    The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) is launching a new credit reporting platform on June 27, 2016 and with it, some significant changes. Based on member feedback, CFPC has updated their reporting system – Mainpro+ - and we wanted to make sure you know how this will affect your learning on machealth. Is the reporting cycle changing? How does this affect me? The current reporting cycle runs the calendar...
    • Dec 22, 2015

    The year in review

    Looking back on 2015, it has been a very busy year. The holidays are a great time for us to slow down and take stock of just how much our team was able to achieve over the past twelve months. We were fortunate enough to work with some fantastic partn...
    • Dec 16, 2015

    Make sure your youngest patients are on the right track

    Recent advances have improved our understanding of brain development in early childhood. The younger years of development are shaped by a complex mix of factors - both genes and environment. The question of nature versus nurture has now been simplifi...
    • Nov 9, 2015

    What is your patient's fracture risk?

    Osteoporosis has devastating potential. It’s a major cause of fragility fractures, and strongly linked to hip fractures. In 2007 alone, approximately 27,000 Canadians suffered hip fractures. It is estimated that 50% of women that sustain a hip fracture lose the ability to live independently and 20% of them will require long-term nursing home care. More alarming, of those women that fracture their hip, 1-in-4 will...
    • Oct 28, 2015

    November is Radon Action Month

    Each year, lung cancer results in more deaths than breast, colon and prostate cancer combined. Next to smoking, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer and is linked to causing the deaths of 3,200 Canadians every year. Radon Action Month in N...
    • Jul 21, 2015

    Pan Am athletes, exercise and extreme heat

    With temperatures rising, Environment Canada issued its first heat warning of the summer for Southern Ontario this past weekend. Athletes of the Pan Am Games were also issued a special warning , advising them to watch for signs of heat-related illness...
    • Jul 6, 2015

    New tool to assist with preconception counselling

    Preconception health care involves identifying potential physical, genetic, psychosocial, environmental, and behavioural risk factors for adverse pregnancy outcomes and reducing those risks prior to conception through counselling, education, and in...
    • May 13, 2015

    Mental health in children

    Dr. Jean Clinton (Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, Offord Centre, McMaster University) joins Steve Paikin on The Agenda to discuss mental health issues in children between 0 and 6. Approximately 70% of mental health issues, including anxiety ...
    • Apr 15, 2015

    We're even more social now at machealth

    We're now on Facebook and Twitter ! Come find us on your favourite social networks to get the latest updates from machealth and discover new programs. Learn without boundaries: CME courses, patient resources + community forums. All at your fingertips. http://t.co/q2OSrhRqmv #MedEd — machealth (@machealth_) April 7, 2015
    • Mar 23, 2015

    Ontario's enhanced 18-month well-baby visit program

    Our Division of e-Learning Innovation at McMaster University is proud to partner with the government of Ontario to help support the enhanced 18-month well-baby visit . The culmination of many people's efforts over the years, including the Ministri...
    • Mar 23, 2015

    From extreme cold to extreme heat

    While we just made it through a very cold February in Ontario, the beginning of the spring thaw is an opportunity to start planning for the summer and the potential for heat-related illnesses. Extreme heat events are on the rise in Canada and s...
    • Mar 23, 2015

    A clinical approach to infertility

    The current prevalence of infertility is between 11- 16% and is an increasingly important issue in primary care. In fact, prevalence has almost tripled over the past 25 years. Delaying pregnancy to an older age is likely the strongest factor of this ...