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Breakthrough in MS treatment

In separate clinical trials, a drug called ocrelizumab has been shown to reduce new attacks in patients with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (MS), and new symptom progression in primary progressive MS.

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Published: 9 Jan 2017

Lottery tickets aren’t child’s play

Lottery tickets may be fun-filled and exciting presents, but they are not suitable gifts for minors. Studies suggest that gambling is a popular yet risky activity among youth. Additionally, researchers have reported a correlation between age of gambling onset and problem gambling later in life. Lottery play is sometimes an initial introduction to gambling activities for minors.

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Published: 8 Dec 2016

Men have a lot to learn about their own fertility

The first large-scale study of its kind has revealed that Canadian men generally lack knowledge about the risk factors contributing to male infertility. Research led by Dr. Phyllis Zelkowitz, head of psychosocial research at the Lady Davis Institute of the Jewish General Hospital, found that men could only identify about 50% of the potential risks and medical conditions that are detrimental to their sperm count and, thus, their prospects to father children....

Published: 22 Nov 2016

International Human Epigenome Consortium studies mark major step forward for epigenetics research

One of the great mysteries in biology is how the many different cell types that make up our bodies are derived from a single cell and from one DNA sequence, or genome. We have learned a lot from studying the human genome, but have only partially unveiled the processes underlying cell determination....

Published: 17 Nov 2016

Researchers identify gene associated with intracranial aneurysm in French-Canadian population

Scientists have identified a gene in the French-Canadian population that predisposes them to the development of intracranial aneurysm (IA), a potentially life threatening neurological condition that is responsible for approximately 500,000 deaths worldwide per year, half of which occur in people less than 50 years of age.

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Published: 31 Oct 2016

Could quality of sleep have to do with sex differences?

You may have noticed that women are more prone to sleep disturbances than men. They are, for instance, up to twice as likely to suffer from insomnia than men. Could there be a link between the body clock that regulates sleep and being a female or a male? Yes, according to an original study conducted by Dr. Diane B. Boivin of McGill University’s Department of Psychiatry and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute.

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Published: 12 Sep 2016

Researchers find new role for cannabinoids in vision

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Chemicals found to improve low-light vision of tadpoles by sensitizing retinal cells

A multidisciplinary team including researchers from the Montreal Neurological Institute has improved our understanding of how cannabinoids, the active agent in marijuana, affect vision in vertebrates.

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Published: 25 Aug 2016

Simulated patient study sheds new light on antibiotic use in India

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As a result of the overuse or misuse of antibiotics, antimicrobial resistant superbugs represent an extraordinary threat to global health. This threat is particularly great in India, the world’s largest consumer of antibiotics and the country facing the highest burden of tuberculosis (TB) in the world.

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Published: 25 Aug 2016

Gaming camera could aid MS treatment

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3D depth-sensing camera shown to measure walking difficulties

A commonly used device found in living rooms around the world could be a cheap and effective means of evaluating the walking difficulties of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients.

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Published: 15 Aug 2016

Depression screening in children and adolescents

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Researchers find tools inaccurate and advise against routine screening in this age group

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Published: 2 Aug 2016

Maintaining a healthy heart through bile acids

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Canadian discovery may soon lead to the prevention of cardiac fibrosis

Groundbreaking research from the University of Alberta and McGill University has opened the door towards the future prevention of cardiac fibrosis—a condition leading to heart failure for which there is currently no treatment.

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Published: 27 Jul 2016

A molecular on/off switch for antibiotic resistance

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Antibiotic resistance represents a major challenge in treating pathogenic bacterial infections.

Now, researchers at McGill University have discovered a possible target for fighting back against resistant bacteria.

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Published: 9 Jun 2016

Goodman Cancer Research Gala raises $2.1 million

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Pioneering research at McGill’s Goodman Cancer Research Centre gets boost

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Published: 6 Jun 2016

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