Andrew Feng is a bright 6-year-old boy who loves to play the online strategy game Clash of the Clans and go trick-or-treating on Halloween. This Halloween, however, he will be undergoing surgery to remove a benign growth from one of his ribs.
Naturally, Andrew’s parents are a little anxious. This will be their son’s first operation and he might have to stay overnight at the Montreal Children’s Hospital.
“For sure, we’re nervous,” said Andrew’s mother, Weilu Yu. “It’s the whole unknown of the surgery.”
Addiction comes in many forms: drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, and gambling have been the types that traditionally plagued society.
In recent years, the proliferation of technology has led to the rise of addiction to the internet and computer gaming. Even the promotion of a healthy lifestyle has led some to become hooked on exercise.
But do all addictions operate by the same biological mechanism? And is addiction an individual's choice or a disease of the brain?
Researchers from Quebec are big winners in a contest organized by Genome Canada in collaboration with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) after having been awarded 60% of the federal funds granted during this Canada-wide competition aimed at selecting the best genomics and personalized health research projects.