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Researchers find new role for cannabinoids in vision

Chemicals shown to improve low-light vision of tadpoles by sensitizing retinal cells A multidisciplinary team including researchers from the Montreal Neurological Institute has improved our understanding of how cannabinoids, the active agent in marijuana, affect vision in vertebrates.

Published on : 25 Aug 2016

Gaming camera could aid MS treatment

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.

Published on : 15 Aug 2016

“Big Data” study discovers earliest sign of Alzheimer’s development

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.

Published on : 11 Jul 2016

Researchers open new path of discovery in Parkinson’s disease

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.

Published on : 27 Jun 2016

Tramadol and risk of hospitalization for hypoglycemia

The opioid pain-reliever tramadol appears to be associated with an increased risk of hospitalization for hypoglycemia, a potentially fatal condition caused by low blood sugar, according to a report published online by JAMA Internal Medicine.

Published on : 08 Dec 2014

HPV vaccine: teen sexual behaviour not affected

Sexual behaviour of teenage girls does not appear to have been affected by routine human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination, according to a large study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

Published on : 08 Dec 2014

Possible link between air pollution and breast cancer

A new study of over 3,400 Canadian women provides further evidence that exposure to air-pollution may increase the risk of developing breast cancer, especially among women who have not yet had their menopause.

Published on : 05 Dec 2014

World AIDS Day, December 1: McGill/MUHC experts

Here is a list of experts from McGill, the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and the Lady Davis Institute of the Jewish General Hospital available for comment on your stories for World AIDS Day:

Published on : 27 Nov 2014

Fragile X study offers hope of new autism treatment

People affected by a common inherited form of autism could be helped by a drug that is being tested as a treatment for cancer, according to researchers from the University of Edinburgh and McGill University.

Published on : 27 Nov 2014

Oral cancer-causing HPV transmission

Oral human papillomavirus (HPV) infections were more common among men who had female partners with oral and/or genital HPV infection, suggesting that the transmission of HPV occurs via oral-oral and oral-genital routes, according to a McGill University study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

Published on : 12 Nov 2014

PATH’s First Annual Symposium

The McGill Research Centre for Physical Activity and Health (PATH) presented their first annual symposium on Friday, October 3rd at the McGill Faculty Club. Entitled Making Connections, the Centre’s inaugural seminar event gathered prominent researchers from McGill and elsewhere who have an interest in studying the relationship between physical activity and health across a broad spectrum of healthy and diseased states.

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Published on : 17 Oct 2014

Rosalind Goodman loses battle with cancer

McGill University is mourning the passing of Rosalind Goodman, a devoted alumna, generous philanthropist, and tireless volunteer, who committed herself to energizing cancer research activities at McGill and to educating others about the disease. It is an illness she fought and survived in 2007, but one that ultimately took her life on Monday, Aug. 11.

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Published on : 12 Aug 2014

Heartbleed: reset your McGill Password

In April, we emailed you about the Heartbleed vulnerability and its potential impact on McGill. All of McGill’s central IT systems have been evaluated, and updates were applied where needed. As a final precaution, we strongly encourage you to change your McGill Password without delay.  If you are a McGill staff member, you are required to change your password.

Published on : 14 May 2014

An Anxious History of Valium

What a drag it is getting old—or is it? Valium's heyday is long past, but it lives on as a cultural icon "Mother needs something today to calm her down," goes the 1966 Rolling Stones hit "Mother's Little Helper." "And though she's not really ill, there's a little yellow pill."

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Published on : 19 Nov 2013