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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.

Classified as: Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, Multiple Sclerosis, MS, Microsoft, health and lifestyle, kinect, xbox, Farnood Gholami, Jozsef Kövecses, gait characteristic
Published on: 15 Aug 2016

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.

Classified as: engineering, Research, Multiple Sclerosis, MS, daria trojan
Published on: 15 Aug 2016

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Rare minerals from Siberia found to have same structure as some man-made metal-organic frameworks

One of the hottest new materials is a class of porous solids known as metal-organic frameworks, or MOFs. These man-made materials were introduced in the 1990s, and researchers around the world are working on ways to use them as molecular sponges for applications such as hydrogen storage, carbon sequestration, or photovoltaics.

Classified as: Tomislav Friščić, science and technology, raw minerals, siberia, metal-organic frameworks, porous solids, hydrogen storage, carbon sequestration, photovoltaics
Published on: 8 Aug 2016

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Minimum daily temperature -3 C increases need of search and rescues in Nunavut, affecting culturally valued hunting activities of Inuit

Search and rescue operations in Nunavut have more than doubled over the past decade. In the communities of the vast northern Canadian territory, it’s commonly felt that climate change is one factor making hunting riskier in the spring and fall. 

Classified as: science and technology, search and rescue, hunting, environmental conditions, Nunavut, Climate Change Adaptation Research, National Search and Rescue Secretariat, Environment Canada
Published on: 3 Aug 2016

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

Classified as: test, depression, questionnaires, health and lifestyle, depression screening, screening tools, controversy
Published on: 2 Aug 2016

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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

Classified as: Biostatistics, hypoglycemia, Laurent Azoulay, diabetes, occupational health, Department of Epidemiology, type 2, Lady Davis Institute at the Jewish General Hospital, Gerald Bronfman Department of Oncology, incretin-based drugs
Published on: 1 Aug 2016

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24-year study of spring emergence of Fowler’s Toads creates model for predicting climate-change effects

The ability to predict when toads come out of hibernation in southern Canada could provide valuable insights into the future effects of climate change on a range of animals and plants.

Classified as: climate change, amphibians, climate, science and technology, toads, hibernation, David M. Green
Published on: 19 Jul 2016

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Researchers discover new genetic mutation linked to osteonecrosis of the hip

Scientists at the Research Institute of McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) have discovered a new genetic mutation linked to osteonecrosis of the hip, specifically the femoral head – the spherical-shaped mass at the top of the femur. This breakthrough could allow doctors to identify and treat the disease before symptoms arise and potentially avoid hip replacements.

Classified as: medicine, muhc, Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC), Chantal Seguin, Osteonecrosis
Published on: 13 Jul 2016

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Research underlines importance of computational power in future neurological breakthrough

Scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital have used a powerful tool to better understand the progression of late-onset Alzheimer’s disease (LOAD), identifying its first physiological signs.

Classified as: brain, McGill University, Alzheimer's, faculty of medicine, Montreal Neurological Institute, Alan Evans, big data, dementia, MRI, late-onset Alzheimer's disease (LOAD)
Published on: 11 Jul 2016

Research underlines importance of computational power in future neurological breakthrough

Scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital have used a powerful tool to better understand the progression of late-onset Alzheimer’s disease (LOAD), identifying its first physiological signs.

Classified as: physiology, Alan Evans, Alzheimer’s, big data, Alzheimer’s disease, ADNI, Yasser Iturria Medina
Published on: 11 Jul 2016

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Neuron cell death may be caused by overactive immune system 

A team of scientists led by Dr. Michel Desjardins from the University of Montreal and Dr. Heidi McBride from the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (MNI) at McGill University have discovered that two genes associated with Parkinson's disease (PD) are key regulators of the immune system, providing direct evidence linking Parkinson's to autoimmune disease.

Classified as: neuroscience, MNI, lupus, Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, neurons, diabetes, sclerosis, neuroproject, neuroprojects, autoimmune disease, PINK1, Parkin, Parkinson's diease, PD, autoimmune, type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis
Published on: 28 Jun 2016

A team of scientists led by Dr. Michel Desjardins from the University of Montreal and Dr. Heidi McBride from the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (MNI) at McGill University have discovered that two genes associated with Parkinson's disease (PD) are key regulators of the immune system, providing direct evidence linking Parkinson's to autoimmune disease.

Using both cellular and mouse models, the team has shown that proteins produced by the two genes, known as PINK1 and Parkin, are required to prevent cells from being detected and attacked by the immune system.

Classified as: genetics, mitochondria, Parkinson's, Parkinson's disease, autoimmune disease, PINK1, Parkin
Published on: 27 Jun 2016

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Couche-Tard founder gives $4 million to McGill for groundbreaking research on intellectual disabilities

Classified as: Montreal Neurological Institute, MNI, couche-tard, intellectual disabilities, ID, Sandra Bouchard, Alain Bouchard, Sainte-Justine
Published on: 22 Jun 2016

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It’s all math: How Professor Alan Evans is using cutting-edge statistics to unravel the complexity of brain disorders.

When Alan Evans was starting out in the 1970s, researchers didn’t ask the boss to foot their bar tab. But that’s exactly what some of the coders in his Montreal Neurological Institute lab recently proposed: a 9-to-5 Saturday hackathon, held in an Irish pub a few blocks from the McGill University campus.

Classified as: neuroscience, Montreal Neurological Institute, MNI, Alan Evans, Simulation, neuroproject, neuroprojects, brain disorder, disorder
Published on: 20 Jun 2016

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EMC working with McGill to support data storage and visualization technologies to help with the NeuroHub project

The Canadian research team that helped spearhead the international brain-mapping project known as BigBrain is about to get a major boost in its effort to produce sharply higher-resolution brain maps, thanks to technology from EMC Corporation.

Classified as: neuroscience, CBRAIN, BigBrain, Natural Sciences, Rosie Goldstein, neuroproject, neuroprojects, EMC, NeuroHub, NeuroHub project, EMC Corporation, visualization technology
Published on: 15 Jun 2016

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