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Antidepressants: rise in off-label prescriptions

Tue, 2016-05-24 09:23

McGill Newsroom

Antidepressant use in North America has increased over the last 2 decades. A suspected reason for this trend is that primary care physicians are increasingly prescribing antidepressants for nondepressive indications, including unapproved (off-label) indications that have not been evaluated by regulatory agencies.

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Brighter prospects for chronic pain

Researchers use optogenetics to produce pain relief by shutting off neurons with light
Wed, 2016-04-20 11:16

The potential of light as a non-invasive, highly-focused alternative to pain medication was made more apparent thanks to research conducted by scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre.

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Brain Imaging Centre lecture Series: Corticolimbic anatomical characteristics predetermine risk for chronic pain - Dr. Etienne Vachon Presseau

Wed, 2016-04-06 10:00 - 11:00
Douglas Hospital : Perry E3517, 6825, boulevard LaSalle Verdun Quebec Canada , H4H 1R3
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Location may be key to effectively controlling pain

Targeting the pain receptor at the cell’s nucleus has a major effect on its ability to transmit pain signals
Wed, 2016-02-03 10:06

By Cynthia Lee

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In real estate, location is key. It now seems the same concept holds true when it comes to stopping pain. New research published in Nature Communications indicates that the location of receptors that transmit pain signals is important in how big or small a pain signal will be -- and therefore how effectively drugs can block those signals.

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Québec Science honours three McGill discoveries

Mon, 2016-01-04 10:11

By Chris Chipello

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American Placebo

New analysis of chronic pain drug trials shows increasing placebo responses over time, in the U.S. only
Tue, 2015-10-06 12:17

A new study finds that rising placebo responses may play a part in the increasingly high failure rate for clinical trials of drugs designed to control chronic pain caused by nerve damage.

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His and her pain circuitry in the spinal cord

New animal research reveals fundamental sex differences in how pain is processed
Mon, 2015-06-29 11:22

New research released today in Nature Neuroscience reveals for the first time that pain is processed in male and female mice using different cells. These findings have far-reaching implications for our basic understanding of pain, how we develop the next generation of medications for chronic pain—which is by far the most prevalent human health condition—and the way we execute basic biomedical research using mice.

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New hope in the fight against pain

Study shows potential new therapy for neuropathic pain
Tue, 2015-02-17 11:19

An international study led by scientists at McGill University reports, for the first time, that drugs that selectively target the melatonin MT2 receptor represent a novel class of analgesic drugs that could be used to treat patients with neuropathic pain.

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The secret of empathy

Stress from the presence of strangers prevents empathy, in both mice and humans
Thu, 2015-01-15 11:52

The ability to express empathy -- the capacity to share and feel another’s emotions -- is limited by the stress of being around strangers, according to a new study published today in the journal Current Biology.

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McGill Experts: National Pain Awareness Week

Fri, 2014-10-31 14:16

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