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McGill Awarded $1-Million Grant to Address Debilitating Parasitic Diseases in the Developing World, offering a Canadian solution to a Pressing Global Health Challenge
A research team from the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and McGill University has demonstrated that private rooms in Intensive Care Unit play a key role in reducing hospital infections like C-difficile. The study, published Jan. 10, 2011 in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine, also suggests that length of stay would be shorter and could lead to cost savings to the healthcare system.
Scientists have found that the pleasurable experience of listening to music releases dopamine, a neurotransmitter in the brain important for more tangible pleasures associated with rewards such as food, drugs and sex.
Small genetic differences between individuals help explain why some people have a higher risk than others for developing illnesses. The 1000 Genomes Project published the most comprehensive map of these genetic differences, estimated to contain approximately 95 percent of the genetic variation of any person on Earth.
Air pollution has already been linked to a range of health problems. Now, a ground-breaking new study suggests pollution from traffic may put women at risk for another deadly disease.
As part of McGill's "RaDiCAL" project (Rare Disease Consortium for Autosomal Loci), collaborators in Qatar conducted field research with three patients from biologically interrelated Bedouin families, and sent samples to Canada for analysis by GA JOE – a high-tech genome analyzing machine.
The Outaouais Health Campus, McGill University and their partners are happy to announce the inauguration of a new decentralized predoctoral medical education program: integrated externship. The first cohort, composed of nine students, arrived this August to pursue their medical education. The program combines clinical exposure, teaching and learning by clinical reasoning.
Proteins are made up of a chain of amino acids, and scientists have known since the 1980s that first one in the chain determines the lifetime of a protein. McGill researchers have finally discovered how the cell identifies this first amino acid – and caught it on camera.
Videoconferences may be known for putting people to sleep, but never like this. Dr. Thomas Hemmerling and his team of McGill’s Department of Anesthesia achieved a world first on August 30, 2010, when they treated patients undergoing thyroid gland surgery in Italy remotely from Montreal.