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A study recently published in Neurology suggests that simple odour identification tests may help track the progression of the disease before symptoms actually appear. According to Dr. John Breitner, director of the Centre for Studies on Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease at the Douglas Mental Health Research Centre, Professor of psychiatry at the McGill University Faculty of Medicine and one of the authors on the study, “if we can delay the onset of symptoms by just five years, we should be able to reduce the prevalence and severity of these symptoms by more than 50%.”
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A recent study published in the journal Genes & Development highlights the work of Drs. Vincent Giguère and Étienne Audet-Walsh of the Goodman Cancer Research Centre, in collaboration with a team of researchers led by Dr. Simone Chevalier at the McGill University Health Centre, who successfully identified an mTOR-dependent gene signature which could help predict recurrence in prostate cancer patients.
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Dr. Milena Garofalo, completing her Master’s degree in Experimental Surgery while on sabbatical from her residency training, recognized early on a need to integrate more simulation-based training in the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program at McGill University. Dr. Garofalo recently completed a literature review which compared national obstetrics and gynaecology curricula and integration of competency-based medical education in five countries, the results of which were published in the July 2017 edition of the Journal of Obstetrics and Gyneacology of Canada.
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The discovery of a new biological pathway involved in pain processing offers hope of using existing cancer drugs to replace the use of opioids in chronic pain treatment, according to scientists at McGill University.
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Human-computer interactions, such as playing video games, can have a negative impact on the brain, says a new Canadian study published in Molecular Psychiatry. In a series of studies Dr. Véronique Bohbot (Douglas Mental Health University Institute; CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal) and Dr. Greg West (Université de Montréal) demonstrate that the way that action video game players use their brains changes the impact the games have on their nervous system.
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Eric Latimer, a professor in McGill’s Department of Psychiatry and researcher at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute, is the lead author of a new study published in the journal CMAJ Open, which presents the first comprehensive evaluation of how much major Canadian cities spend on homeless people with mental illness.
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A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that consistent intake of protein is the key ingredient to maintaining muscle strength in old age. According to Dr. Stéphanie Chevalier, Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at McGill, “The important point is to create three meal occasions with sufficient protein to stimulate muscle building and greater strength, instead of just one.”
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A collaborative effort by researchers from Dell Medical School at The University of Texas, New York University and McGill University shed light on fear generalization, a core component of anxiety and stress-related disorders. According to a paper recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the presence of acute stress must be accompanied by the passage of time to bring about an overgeneralized fear response.
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For people suffering from depression, a day without treatment can seem like a lifetime. A new study explains why the most commonly prescribed antidepressants can take as long as six weeks to have an effect. The findings could one day lead to more effective and faster acting drugs.
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Dr. Nitika Pant Pai, Associate Professor of Medicine at McGill, is the developer behind a smartphone app called HIVSmart! which enables self-testing for HIV. More recently, Dr. Pai has piloted a similar screening technology that capably detects HIV and HCV simultaneously, which was highlighted by the Economist as a key strategy in preventing the “silent epidemic.”
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