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Simulated patient study sheds new light on antibiotic use in India

McGill Newsroom As a result of the overuse or misuse of antibiotics, antimicrobial resistant superbugs represent an extraordinary threat to global health. This threat is particularly great in India, the world’s largest consumer of antibiotics and the country facing the highest burden of tuberculosis (TB) in the world.

Published on : 25 Aug 2016

The Great Canadian Sleepwalk – the road to good nights

"To sleep - to sleep, perchance to dream”, these words made famous by William Shakespeare, in the play Hamlet are familiar to many of us. But did you know that sleep is just as important as diet and exercise for a healthy lifestyle?

Published on : 16 Aug 2016

Gaming camera could aid MS treatment

McGill Newsroom 3D depth-sensing camera shown to measure walking difficulties A commonly used device found in living rooms around the world could be a cheap and effective means of evaluating the walking difficulties of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. The Microsoft Kinect is a 3D depth-sensing camera used in interactive video activities such as tennis and dancing. It can be hooked up to an Xbox gaming console or a Windows computer.

Published on : 15 Aug 2016

Depression screening in children and adolescents

McGill Newsroom Researchers find tools inaccurate and advise against routine screening in this age group

Published on : 02 Aug 2016

Adverse effects and incretin-based drugs for diabetes

McGill Newsroom Extensive population-based studies on a popular group of drugs used to treat type 2 diabetes revealed no association with acute pancreatitis, but increased risk of bile duct and gallbladder disease

Published on : 01 Aug 2016

The impact of night work on our immune system

McGill Newsroom Study reveals the impact of night work You cross paths with him at the break of dawn in the corridors of the Metro. He looks bleary-eyed and pallid. This worker’s night shift just ended. His body clocks are out of sync with one another, and, imperceptibly, they’re also out of sync with his environment. In the long run, this night owl could be at greater risk of developing cardiovascular, autoimmune diseases or certain types of cancer.

Published on : 14 Jun 2016

New name for McGill Department of Oncology

McGill Newsroom Newly named Gerald Bronfman Department of Oncology recognizes family’s enduring support In recognition of the Bronfman family’s enduring support for oncology programs and research at McGill University, the Faculty of Medicine’s Department of Oncology has been named the Gerald Bronfman Department of Oncology, in honour of one of the family’s major benefactors.

Published on : 13 Jun 2016

A molecular on/off switch for antibiotic resistance

McGill Newsroom Antibiotic resistance represents a major challenge in treating pathogenic bacterial infections. Now, researchers at McGill University have discovered a possible target for fighting back against resistant bacteria.

Published on : 09 Jun 2016

Goodman Cancer Research Gala raises $2.1 million

McGill Newsroom Pioneering research at McGill’s Goodman Cancer Research Centre gets boost The 4th Goodman Cancer Research Gala has raised more than $2.1 million to fund foundational research, more effective diagnostic tools and the development of new treatments and therapies for cancer patients.  The Gala was held on Sunday, June 5 in Montreal, bringing together more than 800 guests in support of McGill University’s Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre.

Published on : 06 Jun 2016

Marking Stroke Month - June 2016

Raising awareness about stroke   Every ten minutes, someone in Canada suffers a stroke. Strokes kill 14,000 Canadians each year, making stroke the third leading cause of death in this country. The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro) hopes to increase public awareness about the dangers of stroke by marking Stroke Month. People who learn about the causes of stroke can take measures to reduce their chances of having a stroke.   What is a stroke?  

Published on : 06 Jun 2016

Are EEG neurofeedback benefits due to placebo effects?

Neurofeedback using electroencephalograpy boasts thousands of practitioners and appears to both improve normal brain function and alleviate a wide variety of mental disorders – from anxiety to alcoholism. But after examining the scientific literature and consulting experts in Europe and the U.S., McGill University researchers Robert Thibault and Amir Raz conclude that clinical improvements from this increasingly popular alternative therapy are due to placebo effects.

Published on : 02 Jun 2016

McGill installs inaugural Chair in Pharmacoepidemiology

McGill Newsroom McGill alumnus tagged to boost capacity and discovery in growing field Dr. Robert Platt, Professor in the departments of Pediatrics and Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine was officially announced as the inaugural Albert Boehringer (1st) Chair in Pharmacoepidemiology during an event held May 26 at McGill.

Published on : 27 May 2016