Catching cachexia before it’s too late

Research

About one third of cancer patients die because of cachexia – an involuntary weight loss, characterized primarily by muscle wasting and metabolic changes, which cannot be addressed or treated solely with increased food intake. A study by researchers at the MUHC aims to save patient lives by giving doctors a practical tool to easily diagnose cachexia before it becomes irreversible.

Less is more in improved hip replacements

Research

Porous implants have the potential to extend life of hip replacements by mimicking the quality of real bones.

Why some dental implants work and others don’t

Research

A body of research from McGill led-teams indicates that in order to raise the odds that dental implants will attach properly, there are clear benefits to taking certain common medications and avoiding others.

RI-MUHC researchers discover new path to stop the spread of cancer

Research

Investigators from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre and the Institute of Cancer Research, London, have discovered that some cancer cells can draw blood from existing mature blood vessels allowing them to continue to spread. These findings will immediately improve the lives and prognosis of patients with colon cancer, which has metastasized to the liver.

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

Research

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

Research

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

Research

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

Maintaining a healthy heart through bile acids

Research

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

Research

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.