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  • For some, the pain is so great that they can’t even bear to have clothes touch their skin. For others, it means that every step is a deliberate, agonizing choice. Whether arthritic joints, nerve injury or a disease like fibromyalgia are the cause, research now suggests new solutions for those who suffer from chronic pain.

    A team of researchers led by McGill neuroscientist Terence...

  • Depression may have far-reaching consequences. Recent data suggests that people who suffer from a mood disorder may be twice as likely to have a heart attack, compared to those who are not depressed.

    Until now, the connection between the two disorders has been poorly understood. A new study by Concordia University researchers has found that people with depression have a slower recovery...

  • A University of Alberta (U of A) researcher and Canada Excellence Research Chair in Virology has discovered a vaccine that may help to com-bat hepatitis C (hep C). Michael Houghton, who led the team that discovered the hep C virus in 1989, recently announced the findings at the Canada Excellence Research Chairs Summit in Vancouver. Currently, there are no vaccines against the disease.

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  • In March 1993, Penny Flynn and Jeff Date received devastating news: their 9-month-old daughter Taylor had been diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a cancerous brain tumour.

    Cancer is the leading cause of non-accidental death in children, and medulloblastoma is the most common form of childhood cancer. The few children who survive the aggressive, debilitating therapy must often cope with a...

  • This year has been characterized by our organization’s ongoing activities to enhance public awareness of the role that research plays in public and personal health. Our Web site has emerged as the centerpiece of this effort, providing
    information in a timely way that reflects the participation of our various members and partners. The redesigned site is now
    just over a year old and,...

  • Picking up a prescription has never been easier than it is today. Within a few minutes of leaving the doctor’s office, a patient can have their antibiotic, oral contraceptive, or asthma inhaler from the local pharmacy and walk away with the medication they need. But how much does that patient really know about the drug they’re about to take? And how much does the physician really know about...

  • In an age when personalized medicine is within reach, a one-size-fits-all approach just won’t cut it. A group of North American researchers have identified two modifier genes in the genomes of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) that may be responsible for variation in disease severity. This is the first study to show evidence that modifier genes affect the severity of cystic fibrosis.

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  • The next Annual General Meeting of Canadians for Health Research will be held at the Montreal Children’s Hospital on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 9 a.m.

  • About two years ago, Dr. Philippe Gros, a McGill University professor in the Department of Biochemistry and a Principal Investigator in the McGill Life Sciences Complex, described a mouse mutant that was immunodeficient and hypersensitive to the Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine and to tuberculosis (TB). In this model, Gros’s team had found that the immunodeficiency was caused by...

  • Researchers directed by Dr. Laurent Mottron at the University of Montreal's Centre for Excellence in Pervasive Development Disorders (CETEDUM) have determined that people with autism concentrate more brain resources in the areas associated with visual detection and identification, and conversely, have less activity in the areas used to plan and control thoughts and actions. This might explain...

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