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Biosensor technology co-developed by Dr. Stéphane Laporte, a scientist at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC), and Dr. Michel Bouvier of the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer, Université de Montréal, has reached another important milestone with buy-in from the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer.
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Older patients enrolled in team-based primary care practices in Quebec had similar rates of hospital readmission, and lower rates of emergency department visits and death after hospital discharge, compared with those in traditional fee-for-service practices, found a study published in CMAJ
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Although the exact cause of Parkinson’s disease (PD) is unknown, scientific research suggests that mutations in genes such as Parkin and PINK1 have a significant role in the progression of PD. These genes are involved in helping to maintain the health of cells, in part through their actions on mitochondria, the part of the cell whose function is to produce energy and to regulate metabolism.
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Researchers have identified the genetic mutation responsible for one patient’s serious health problems, finally solving a medical mystery that has endured for over 30 years. Thanks to this discovery, the researcher developed a therapy that could also help a lot of people who have problems related to the immune system, whether they are genetic or due to a transplant or an illness.
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New research is shedding light on how sound memory works in the brain, and is even demonstrating a means to improve it. To learn precisely the relationship between theta waves and auditory memory, and to see how memory could be boosted, researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute of McGill University gave seventeen individuals auditory memory tasks that required them to recognize a pattern of tones when it was reversed. This study was published in the journal Neuron on March 23, and was a result of collaboration between the Neuroimaging/Neuroinformatics and Cognition research groups of the MNI.
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Based on recent information on the mechanisms of chemotherapy, a team of researchers of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) developed a new clinical approach to increase the efficiency of treatment in glioblastomas that increased the median survival to 22 months – bringing much needed hope to those affected by this aggressive disease. The findings of this promising phase II clinical trial have been published in the International Journal of Radiology Oncology.
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In an article published in Nature on Feb. 15, 2017, researchers, including principal investigators from the Montreal Neurological Institute’s McConnell Brain Imaging Centre (BIC), used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to predict the development of autism in babies.
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Child marriage harms girls’ health and development throughout the world. Although child marriage has become less common in sub-Saharan Africa, more than one third of girls continue to marry before reaching their 18th birthday in over half of the 31 countries examined in a new study from McGill University published in Population and Development Review.
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PhD candidate Andrew Kaplan and a team led by Dr. Alyson Fournier, at the Neuro, have discovered that a natural molecule can repair damaged axons, the major culprit underlying disability in spinal cord injury and stroke.
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By comparing pollution data from three cities in British Columbia (Prince George, Kamloops and Courtenay/Comox) with hospital admissions, researchers from McGill and Health Canada found that rising concentrations of fine particulate air pollution caused by wood burning were associated with increased hospitalization for myocardial infarction. During the cold season, when pollution from woodstoves is at its highest, the risk of heart attacks among subjects of 65 years and older increased by 19%.
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