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July 28, 2016

Approximately 88% of Canadian older adults struggle to comprehend medical information. Low health literacy is linked to poor health outcomes, a fact that is especially worrying given that elderly patients tend to suffer from chronic health conditions, like diabetes or high blood pressure.

By providing tools to improve health literacy, pharmacists can help patients better manage conditions and interpret vital information.

July 26, 2016

According to a new report presented at the 2016 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference this week in Toronto, the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias increased more than 18 per cent across Ontario over the past 8 years.

July 11, 2016

Nyasha holding a pipette in a lab

Early-life stress has an impact on brain development and adult behavior. However, little is known about what stress does to brain cells. Doctoral student Nyasha Gondora is studying the cellular-level impacts of stress.

July 4, 2016

Tejal Patel smilingWorking with a particularly vulnerable population has given Tejal Patel, Assistant Clinical Professor at the Waterloo School of Pharmacy, a keen appreciation for how precious life is. Passionate about her patients, her practice and teaching, Patel has established herself as a pre-eminent pharmacist, clinician, educator and researcher in the specialty area of neurology.

June 27, 2016

As Canadian life expectancy increases, older patients and their caregivers face difficult questions regarding the risks and benefits of treatment options. Some treatments are more invasive than others: how can patients and healthcare providers decide which option is best?

June 20, 2016

This year the holy month of Ramadan spans from June 7 to July 7. This is a time of fasting, prayer, and charity during which many Muslims will not ingest anything between dawn and sunset. This includes food, drink, and medications.

Though Muslims who are sick or have a chronic health conditions are exempt from Ramadan, many still choose to fast. Thus, pharmacists may be required to adjust medication schedules and dosage strengths for patients on oral medications, suppositories, or eye, ear and nose drops.

June 20, 2016

Jenn Mackenzie holding her awardFourth-year student and former Waterloo Society of Pharmacy Students president Jennifer Mackenzie received the 2016 Ontario Pharmacist Association’s (OPA) Student of Distinction Award for her leadership ability and commitment to advancing the profession.

June 13, 2016

Last weekend marked the annual Ontario Pharmacist Association’s (OPA) conference, and Waterloo Pharmacy staff, students and faculty were out in force.

8 members of the class of 2019 smiling with faculty member Nardine Nakhla

June 13, 2016

She’s the type of pharmacist I hope to be when I graduate pharmacy school.

May 30, 2016

The average cancer patient will work with over a dozen medical professionals during treatment. Oncologists, pharmacists, nurses, dietitians, and social workers – these are just a few of the many healthcare providers who support cancer patients through their journey.

With nearly 80,000 diagnosed cancer cases as of 2012, the number of appointments and time committed by patients and caregivers is staggering.