New Montreal Alzheimer’s Research for a Cure initiative to fund local research

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The first online fundraising program dedicated exclusively to supporting Montreal-based research into the early detection and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia was launched on Sept. 12.

Don’t scan so close to me

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What does the 1960s Beatles hit “Girl” have in common with Astor Piazzolla’s evocative tango composition “Libertango”? Probably not much, to the casual listener. But in the mind of one famously eclectic singer-songwriter, the two songs are highly similar. That’s one of the surprising findings of an unusual neuroscience study based on brain scans of the musician Sting.

Un chercheur de McGill explore le cerveau musical de Sting

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« Ces techniques de pointe nous ont littéralement permis de cartographier l’organisation de la musique dans le cerveau de Sting », explique le Pr Daniel Levitin, auteur principal et psychologue cognitiviste à McGill. « C’est capital, dans la mesure où tout l’art de la musique réside dans la capacité du cerveau d’assembler des sonorités pour façonner un paysage sonore. »

Inaccuracies found in depression screening in children and adolescents

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Researchers find current tools inaccurate and advise against routine screening for depression in this age group.

Maintaining a healthy heart through bile acids

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

Un cœur en santé grâce aux acides biliaires

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Des chercheurs de l’Université de l’Alberta et de McGill ont réalisé une percée majeure qui pourrait bientôt permettre de prévenir la fibrose cardiaque, une affection conduisant à l’insuffisance cardiaque, pour laquelle il n’existe aucun traitement.

Preventable deaths of children with HIV

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According to the World Health Organization, 150,000 children with HIV under 15 years of age died of opportunistic infections in low-to-middle income countries in 2014 alone. But a new study suggests that many of these infections and deaths potentially preventable had the children received antiretroviral therapy to support their depleted immune systems.

Des décès évitables chez les enfants porteurs du VIH

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En 2014 uniquement, 150 000 enfants de moins de 15 ans porteurs du VIH ont succombé à des infections opportunistes dans les pays à revenu faible ou intermédiaire; ce sont là les données de l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé. Or, selon une étude publiée récemment dans la revue Clinical Infectious Diseases, bon nombre de ces infections et de ces décès auraient pu être évités grâce aux traitements antirétroviraux, qui permettent au système immunitaire de se rebâtir.

Middle-age memory decline a matter of changing focus

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The inability to remember details, such as the location of objects, begins in early midlife (the 40s) and may be the result of a change in what information the brain focuses on during memory formation and retrieval, rather than a decline in brain function, according to McGill researchers.

“Big Data” study discovers earliest sign of Alzheimer’s

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Scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital have used a powerful tool to better understand the progression of late-onset Alzheimer’s disease, identifying its first physiological signs. The research underlines importance of computational power in future neurological breakthroughs.