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One size does not fit all: A new look at therapies

Statins, a commonly prescribed class of drugs used by millions worldwide to effectively lower blood cholesterol levels, may actually have a negative impact in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients treated with high daily dosages.

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Published on : 25 May 2009

Cocaine: Perceived as a reward by the brain?

Cocaine is one of the oldest drugs known to humans, and its abuse has become widespread since the end of the 19th century. At the same time, we know rather little about its effects on the human brain or the mechanisms that lead to cocaine addiction.

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Published on : 19 May 2009

Cell’s split personality is a major discovery into neurological diseases

Researchers at the Université de Montreal (UdeM) and the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI), McGill University have discovered that cells which normally support nerve cell (neuron) survival also play an active and major role in the death of neurons in the eye. The findings, published this week in The Journal of Neuroscience, may lead to more streamlined therapies for a variety of acute and chro

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Published on : 07 May 2009

May is Multiple Sclerosis Month

Did you know? • Canadians have one of the highest rates of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in the world. • MS is the most common neurological disease affecting young adults in Canada, and every day three more people in Canada are diagnosed with MS. • MS is most often diagnosed in young adults aged 15 to 40, but it can also affect children -- some as young as two years old.

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Published on : 01 May 2009

April is Parkinson’s Month

Did you know that: • Approximately 100, 000 Canadians have Parkinson’s disease. • Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease generally appear around the age of 60, although they can also occur in younger people. • Parkinson’s disease was first described in 1817 by Dr. James Parkinson, a British physician, after whom the disease was named.

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Published on : 01 Apr 2009

When it comes to intelligence, size matters

A collaborative study led by researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI), McGill University has demonstrated a positive link between cognitive ability and cortical thickness in the brains of healthy 6 to 18 year olds.

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Published on : 25 Mar 2009

Students communicate with the future

What would you place in a time capsule that would be re-opened 75 years from now in the year 2084?

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Published on : 16 Mar 2009

Know Your Brain: Montreal universities, institutes and research centres team up for Brain Awareness Week (BAW)

Explore your brain with the experts. Montreal neuroscientists join forces this week to shed light on the grayest of matters - our gray matter - during the upcoming Brain Awareness Week (March 16-22).

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Published on : 16 Mar 2009

Epilepsy Awareness Month - March

Seizure-induced brain damage in epileptic patients: A new study published in Neurology by Dr. Neda Bernasconi and colleagues, reveals that patients with medication-resistant temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE), have progressive atrophy, or loss of cells, in some regions of the brain.

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Published on : 09 Mar 2009

Addiction: insights from Parkinson’s disease

A new comprehensive review by researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI), McGill University and the University of Cambridge, England provides vital insights into the neurological basis of addiction by investigating Parkinson’s disease patients, who in some instances develop various addictions when undergoing medical treatment. The review, published in this week’s (February 25) issue

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Published on : 25 Feb 2009

Brain Bee 2009

Montreal’s collective IQ will surge today as high-school students from across the city meet to compete in the 2009 Montreal regional Brain Bee competition. This exciting challenge tests for knowledge of the brain and neuroscience. The Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI), McGill University hosts the competition and graduate students from the institute have been instrumental in mentoring and tuto

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Published on : 13 Feb 2009

George Karpati (1934 - 2009)

"George was a giant figure – a master clinician and scientist, and a true champion of the Penfield spirit. He was one of those to whom was entrusted the conscience of The Neuro. But above all, George was a mensch, always there to help and give his blessing. He will be missed!" David Colman, Wilder Graves Penfield Professor and Director, The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital

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Published on : 09 Feb 2009

February is Heart Month

With February as Heart Month and Valentine’s Day fast approaching, it is important to take note that what’s good for your heart is also good for your brain. The heart pumps about 20% of blood directly to the brain. The most complex organ and one of the most active in the body, the brain has over 100 billion nerve cells. These cells depend on the oxygen and essential nutrients supplied by the b

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Published on : 04 Feb 2009

What happens when we sleep

Lack of sleep is a common complaint but for many, falling asleep involuntarily during the day poses a very real and dangerous problem.

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Published on : 27 Jan 2009

What you give, might not always be received

A fundamental process in the transmission of genes from mother to child has been identified by researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University.

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Published on : 11 Dec 2008