BUILD grant breathes life into lung disease research

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Supported by funding from Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd, Carolyn Baglole hopes to unravel the mystery of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a fatal lung disease that affects some 15,000 Canadians.

Improving memory with magnets

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The ability to remember sounds, and manipulate them in our minds, is incredibly important to our daily lives — without it we would not be able to understand a sentence, or do simple arithmetic. New research is shedding light on how sound memory works in the brain, and is even demonstrating a means to improve it.

Encouraging results for patients with aggressive brain cancer

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Based on recent information on the mechanisms of chemotherapy, a team of researchers of the McGill University Health Centre have developed a new clinical approach to increase the efficiency of treatment of malignant brain tumours that shows promising survival rates while reducing burden on health resources

Child marriage still widespread in sub-Saharan Africa

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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.

Wood stoves: Good for the soul, bad for the heart

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By comparing pollution data from three cities in British Columbia 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.

A prescription with legs!

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A study from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) shows that physician-delivered step count prescriptions, combined with the use of a pedometer, can lead to a 20 per cent increase in daily steps, as well as measurable health benefits, such as lower blood sugar and lower insulin resistance, for patients with hypertension and/or type 2 diabetes.

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.