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Chronic pain changes our immune systems

Epigenetics may bring us one step closer to better treatments for chronic pain
Thu, 2016-01-28 06:39

By Cynthia Lee
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Chronic pain may reprogram the way genes work in the immune system, according to a new study by McGill University researchers published in the journal Scientific Reports.  

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Québec Science honours three McGill discoveries

Mon, 2016-01-04 10:11

By Chris Chipello

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No more ‘sugar-coating’ on invasive fungus

Thu, 2015-11-05 15:25

There are believed to be around 1.5 million different species of fungus on Earth, but one mold, known as Aspergillus fumigatus, causes the majority of cases of invasive aspergillosis – a devastating illness that kills 90 per cent of patients with weakened immune systems or lung diseases.

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Innate immunity may help limit cancer growth

Cancer immunotherapy, a relatively new frontier in cancer treatment, works by enhancing the capacity of one's immune system to attack cancer cells. To date, this field has focused on developing cancer vaccines or engineering specialized cells called lymphocytes capable of binding specific proteins produced by cancer cells but not by normal cells
Wed, 2015-09-16 12:53

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HIV uses the immune system’s own tools to suppress it

Scientists make a significant discovery on HIV persistence
Wed, 2015-07-15 16:11

A Canadian research team at the IRCM in Montréal, led by molecular virologist Éric A. Cohen, PhD, made a significant discovery on how HIV escapes the body’s antiviral responses. The team uncovered how an HIV viral protein known as Vpu tricks the immune system by using its own regulatory process to evade the host’s first line of defence. This breakthrough was published yesterday in the scientific journal PLoS Pathogens and will be presented at the upcoming IAS 2015 conference in Vancouver. The findings pave the way for future HIV prevention or cure strategies.

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Educating the immune system to prevent allergies

MUHC research team designs a potential vaccine against allergic airways disease
Thu, 2015-05-14 11:07

With the arrival of spring, millions of Canadians have begun their annual ritual of sneezing and wheezing due to seasonal allergies. A research team at the Montreal Children’s Hospital from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) is bringing them hope with a potential vaccine that nudges the immune response away from developing allergies.

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How our immune system kills abnormal blood cells

Discovery could lead to new treatment avenues for leukemia and lymphoma
Tue, 2014-04-08 12:58

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