New research offers hope for faster acting antidepressants

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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.

Brains are more plastic than we thought

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Practice might not always make perfect, but it’s essential for learning a sport or a musical instrument. It’s also the basis of brain training, an approach that holds potential as a non-invasive therapy to overcome disabilities caused by neurological disease or trauma.

How a few drops of blood led to a breakthrough in immunology

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Scientists from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre may have cracked the code to understanding the function of special cells called regulatory T Cells. The findings could have a major impact in our understanding and treatment of all autoimmune diseases and most chronic inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, Crohn’s disease as well as broader conditions such as asthma, allergies and cancer.

Erasure of negative memories one step closer to reality

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A collaborative study by research groups from Columbia University Medical Center and the Montreal Neurological Institute has improved our understanding of memory retention. Their findings could one day lead to therapies that alleviate anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder by selectively erasing pathological memories.

Biofilms – the eradication has begun

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Biofilms, the slimy, glue-like membranes that protect microbes from the body’s immune system and increase their resistance to antibiotics, represent one of the biggest threats to patients in hospital settings. But there is good news – a research team led by the RI-MUHC and SickKids in Toronto has developed a novel enzyme technology that prevents the formation of biofilms and can also break them down.

Kidney graft success – does age and sex matter?

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New study hints at the role of estrogen in graft success and suggests that patients could benefit from personalized immunosuppression strategies

Improving concussion diagnosis and treatment

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Concussions can have serious consequences, even in cases where the victim shows few symptoms immediately. Victims often shrug off a mild blow to the head, unaware that brain damage has occurred. Dr. Alain Ptito, a neuropsychologist at The Neuro, is seeking to improve the ways that brain trauma is diagnosed and treated.

CF drugs are costly but hope can be found in the pipeline

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Clapping on a child’s chest to release the disease’s telltale thick mucus is a long standing treatment for Cystic Fibrosis. It does help, but discoveries in biomedical research are now leading to the development of new therapeutics which can target the molecular defect.

Unlocking the mystery of hypothyroidism

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Central hypothyroidism is a condition whose underlying causes have long remained unknown. A recent study led by McGill researchers has begun to unlock the mystery for what appears to be the most common genetic cause of central hypothyroidism by providing, for the first time, an understanding of the underlying mechanism of the disorder.

Teaching practices play an important role in preventing bullying

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Classrooms that encourage competition between students may inadvertently be creating settings where bullying is more likely to take place. That’s one of the conclusions that can be drawn from work led by McGill researchers. But it’s only part of the story. One factor that was important, especially for boys, was the quality of the relationships they had with their teachers in the classroom.