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Obesity may shorten life expectancy up to 8 years

Canadian researchers put numbers on health risk
Fri, 2014-12-05 10:09

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Researchers find that influenza has an Achilles’ Heel

Flu epidemics cause up to half a million deaths worldwide each year, and emerging strains continually threaten to spread to humans and cause even deadlier pandemics. A study by McGill University professor Maziar Divangahi published by Cell Press on April 10 in the journal Immunity reveals that a drug that inhibits a molecule called prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) increases survival rates in mice infected with a lethal dose of the H1N1 flu virus. The findings pave the way for an urgently needed therapy that is highly effective against the flu virus and potentially other viral infections.
Thu, 2014-04-10 12:04

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Alcoholism: effects on the brain's dopamine system

Those vulnerable to alcoholism may experience an unusually large response in the brain’s reward-seeking pathway when they take a drink
Mon, 2013-08-12 12:07
Wine and hard liquor bottles photographed through a multiprism filter.

Research from McGill University suggests that people who are vulnerable to developing alcoholism exhibit a distinctive brain response when drinking alcohol, according to a new study by Prof. Marco Leyton, of McGill University’s Department of Psychiatry. Compared to people at low risk for alcohol-use problems, those at high risk showed a greater dopamine response in a brain pathway that increases desire for rewards. These findings, published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, could help shed light on why some people are more at risk of suffering from alcoholism and could mark an important step toward the development of treatment options.

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Understanding the effects of genes on human traits

Montreal Scientists develop a novel approach for scanning the entire genome
Thu, 2013-08-01 11:09

Recent technological developments in genomics have revealed a large number of genetic influences on common complex diseases, such as diabetes, asthma, cancer or schizophrenia. However, discovering a genetic variant predisposing to a disease is only a first step. To apply this knowledge towards prevention or cure, including tailoring treatment to the patient’s genetic profile –also known as personalized medicine – we need to know how this genetic variant affects health.

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