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Aug. 22, 2016

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Ever since she travelled to Brazil on vacation, Heidi Fernandes has had a passion for global health.

I was struck by the slums of Rio de Janeiro and knew then I wanted to help people in life. It actually became one of the reasons I chose pharmacy as a career.

Aug. 15, 2016

Globally, Hepatitis C affects 130-150 million people. With antiviral medications, approximately 90% of those millions can be cured.

William WongHowever, antiviral medications are costly, and even in developed countries many governments struggle with which medications should be subsidized and when. In Canadian patients suffering from Hepatitis C, a virus that causes liver disease and often worsens into a chronic condition, treatment can be expensive. Currently, Canadians with chronic HCV have limited access to Direct Anti-viral Agents (DAAs), the most effective existing treatment for the infection.

Aug. 12, 2016

By fourth year pharmacy student Danyah Musbah

Danyah standing in a hallway at the School of PharmacyAs of November 2015, Canada has welcomed a total of 28,755 Syrian newcomers to communities across the nation. Many others await finalization of their application process.

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 24, 2016

In June, the first 27 graduates of the Waterloo Bridging Program received their PharmD degrees at convocation.

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.