Targeting biological clock could slow progression of cancer

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Does the biological clock in cancer cells influence tumour growth? Yes, according to a study conducted by Nicolas Cermakian, a professor in the Dept. of Psychiatry. The results show for the first time that directly targeting the biological clock in a cancerous tumour has an impact on its development.

Encyclopedia highlights traditional animal foods of Indigenous Peoples

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A pioneering encyclopedia of more than 500 animal species that form the traditional diet of First Nations has just been published by The Centre for Indigenous Peoples’ Nutrition and Environment.

Later school start times could boost teens’ grades, health

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Delaying school start times could help Canadian teenagers sleep better – giving them a better chance for success, according to researchers.

A surprise advance in the treatment of adult cancers

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Researchers at the RI-MUHC have made a discovery that could improve care for about 15% of patients with head and neck cancer linked to alcohol and tobacco use.

Breakthrough in MS treatment

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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.

Taking stock of the world’s lakes

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McGill geographers have compiled the most complete global database of lakes to date. Their research promises to help scientists better understand the important role of lakes in the Earth’s complex environmental systems – from the hydrological cycle and weather patterns, to the transport, distribution or storage of pollutants and nutrients through the landscape.

MNI scientists receive major funding for ALS research

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Researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute who are playing key roles in uncovering the mechanisms underlying ALS will share in $3.9 million in research funding, part of $4.5 million announced on Nov. 23, by the ALS Society of Canada in partnership with Brain Canada.

Our sense of smell is influenced by culture

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When two people smell the same thing, they can have remarkably different reactions, depending on their cultural background. Researchers at The Neuro have found that even when two cultures share the same language and many traditions, their reactions to the same smells can be different.

Catching cachexia before it’s too late

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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

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