Dept. of Medicine

By Tod Hoffman, Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research

The use of incretin-based drugs is not associated with an increased risk of pancreatic cancer in patients with type 2 diabetes, according to a study published in the latest issue of the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

The research was conducted by the Canadian Network for Observational Drug Effect Studies (CNODES), which used the health records of almost 1 million patients with types 2 diabetes.

Classified as: CIHR, faculty of medicine, health, Cancer, jewish general hospital, Samy Suissa, diabetes, health and lifestyle, health canada, pancreatic cancer, CNODES, drug safety
Published on: 22 Feb 2016

By Cynthia Lee, McGill Newsroom

It’s not unusual for siblings to seem more dissimilar than similar: one becoming a florist, for example, another becoming a flutist, and another becoming a physicist.

Classified as: McGill University, DNA, disease, genes, diversity, bioengineering, health and lifestyle, proteins, brood, isoforms, human cells, splicing, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, Yu Xia
Published on: 11 Feb 2016

By Katherine Gombay, McGill Newsroom

If you’re fat, can you blame it on your genes? The answer is a qualified yes. Maybe. Under certain circumstances. Researchers are moving towards a better understanding of some of the roots of obesity.

Classified as: food, obesity, health, Laurette Dube, genes, income, eating habits, Fat, health and lifestyle, food and sustainability, skinny, healthy food, wealth, MAVAN birth cohort, JAMA Pediatrics
Published on: 9 Feb 2016

By Cynthia Lee

Newsroom

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.

Classified as: Canadian Institutes of Health Research, pain, chronic pain, Nature Communications, health and lifestyle, spinal cord, painful stimulus, Pain treatment, glutamate receptors, National Institutes of Health, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
Published on: 3 Feb 2016

By Cynthia Lee
Newsroom

Chronic pain may reprogram the way genes work in the immune system, according to a new study by McGill University researchers published in the journal Scientific Reports.  

Classified as: DNA, moshe szyf, medication, immune system, chronic pain, health and lifestyle, Scientific Reports, T cells, Laura Stone, white blood cells
Published on: 28 Jan 2016

By Cynthia Lee

Newsroom

Nurses faced with abusive managers are more likely to quit. But a recent study by McGill University and Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières researchers finds that the opposite is also true – transformational leadership - a style of management in which employees are encouraged  to work towards a collective goal within a supportive milieu, is linked to nurses’ well-being, and has positive impacts upon job retention.

Classified as: Nursing, CIHR, Leadership, healthcare, health and lifestyle, quality care, abusive leadership, Canadian Institute of Health Research, Lavoie-Tremblay
Published on: 25 Jan 2016

University of Toronto and McGill University scientists are leading an international partnership to discover new and improved drug treatments for tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases  -- thanks to a contribution from Merck Canada Inc., as well as an additional $5 million supplement to a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The new funding brings the total investment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to nearly US $12 million since 2012.

Classified as: medicine, health, tuberculosis, university of toronto, drug, health and lifestyle, Malaria, tropical diseases, Merck Canada, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, cryptosporidiosis, protozoan
Published on: 17 Dec 2015

Now, an international team of researchers led by McMaster University in collaboration with the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre has found that soap and water is actually less effective than just using saline water.

The findings, which were published in the New England Journal of Medicine, could lead to significant cost savings, particularly in developing countries where open fractures are particularly common.

Classified as: water, World Health Organization, McMaster, McGill University Health Centre, health and lifestyle, salin, salin water, soap, wound, cleaning wounds, New England Journal of Medicine, Mohit Bhandari, Michael G. DeGroote, Edward Harvey
Published on: 15 Dec 2015

The discovery that tavilermide  induces the production of mucin, a crucial lubricant in tears, offers hope of relief to people who suffer from chronic dry eye disease. The invention and the development of a drug based on this small molecule was made by the team of Dr. H. Uri Saragovi, Senior Investigator at the Lady Davis Institute (LDI) at the Jewish General Hospital and Professor of Pharmacology at McGill University.

Classified as: Pharmacology, jewish general hospital, Lady Davis Institute (LDI), chronic dry eye disease, Saragovi, Allergan, Mimetogen
Published on: 3 Dec 2015

It may be surprising, but Canadians who live in densely-populated areas where stores, banks, schools and other services are close by do not walk as much as they should.

Classified as: muhc, physical activity, Walking, McGill University Health Centre, health and lifestyle, walkable neighbourhoods, BMJ Open, Canada Health Measures Survey
Published on: 26 Nov 2015

Landmark Clinical Trial of a Novel Combination Treatment for Type 1 Diabetes Begins at Jewish General Hospital and McGill University Health Centre

Classified as: muhc, jewish general hospital, diabetes, insulin, McGill University Health Centre, health and lifestyle, blood sugar, glucose, type 1, beta cells, EVMS, Jerry Nadler, INGAP peptide
Published on: 25 Nov 2015

$50,000 research award to promote active health goes to Dr. Lora Giangregorio, whose work has led to the development of internationally endorsed exercise guidelines for osteoporosis, and tools for physicians, physiotherapists and patients 

Classified as: osteoporosis, Bloomberg Manulife Prize, health and lifestyle, Lora Giangregorio, promotion of active health, Scientific Advisory Council, kinesiologist, physiotherapist, Marianne Harrison, MaRS Centre
Published on: 25 Nov 2015

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