Health and medicine news
A team of University of Ottawa researchers has solved the mystery of how our bodies adapt to low-oxygen environments, raising the prospect that life-threatening conditions such as cancer, stroke and heart disease could someday be successfully treated using a simple, antibiotic-like drug.
Psychological and neuroscience research have chipped away at the credence we give to witness accounts, and shown how memories can be unwittingly manipulated. And yet eyewitness identification remains a very important piece of evidence in many criminal cases.
Current research ethics focuses on protecting study participants, but according to bioethicists from McGill University and Carnegie Mellon University, these efforts fail to prevent harms that undermine the social value of research.
(Op-ed by Mark J. Yaffe, professor of family medicine at McGill University and St. Mary's Hospital Centre): Elder abuse is an important, frequently missed and under-reported cause of morbidity and mortality in older adults.
Family doctors are at the heart of efficient, sustainable health care systems and are a priority for McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine. To continue bolstering its educational, research and clinical strengths in this critical specialty, McGill has announced the appointment of Dr. Howard Bergman to the position of Chair of the Department of Family Medicine.
Dr. Rose Goldstein, Vice-Principal (Research and International Relations), is proud to announce that Prof. Sarah Stroud has been appointed Associate Vice-Principal (Research and International Relations), effective May 1, 2012. In this role, Prof. Stroud will focus on supporting McGill research in the humanities and social sciences.
Caring for family members who are severely ill, debilitated, or dying can be an all-encompassing task. All too often people sacrifice their own health and needs in favour of helping their partner of family member. But burnout can be a severe problem, and often overlaps with "compassion fatigue."
In a paper published this week in The Journal of Neuroscience, researchers from McGill University have demonstrated for the first time that there are specific neurons that respond selectively to first and second order sensory attributes.
A new McGill University study evaluating off-label prescribing of medications by primary care physicians in Quebec suggests the practice is common, although it varies by medication, patient and physician characteristics. The paper was published online today in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Scientists at McGill University have crossed a critical threshold in developing a blood test that could one day detect breast cancer at very early stages and might even render mammography screening obsolete.
Now, a new review of human brain imaging studies published by Cell Press in the journal Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism suggests that a major reason for the dramatic increase in obesity may be a heightened sensitivity to heavily advertised and easily accessible high-calorie foods.