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Adolescence can be a turbulent period of life, with struggles to establish autonomy, identity issues and risk-taking behaviours. For young adults with a chronic illness such as type 1 diabetes, this transition phase also brings about other challenges as they assume an increased responsibility for their overall health. A new study from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) sheds light on gaps in transition care practice in Quebec, pointing out a lack of standardized policies across pediatric diabetes centres.

Classified as: Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC), type 1 diabetes, pediatric diabetes, chronic disease, Diabetes Canada, pediatric care, adolescent health, young adults, External, staff, health and lifestyle
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Published on: 17 Aug 2017

At Laurentian University today, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, announced a total investment of $52 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund for 220 new infrastructure projects nationally. Among the 51 universities across the country with funded projects, McGill leads the pack with an impressive number—23 projects totaling $4.2 million—in this latest round of the funding competition.

Classified as: Canada Foundation for Innovation, CFI, infrastructure, McGill’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, Rosaire Mongrain, funding, External, staff, faculty
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Published on: 15 Aug 2017

By the time you start losing your memory, it's almost too late. That's because the damage to your brain associated with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) may already have been going on for as long as twenty years. Which is why there is so much scientific interest in finding ways to detect the presence of the disease early on. Scientists now believe that simple odour identification tests may help track the progression of the disease before symptoms actually appear, particularly among those at risk.

Classified as: Alzheimer's, odours, olfactory system, Centre for Studies on Prevention of Alzheimer's Disease, Douglas Mental Health Institute
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Published on: 15 Aug 2017

Recognizing threats is an essential function of the human mind — think “fight or flight” — one that is aided by past negative experiences. But when older memories are coupled with stress, individuals are likely to perceive danger in harmless circumstances, according to a paper published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Classified as: stress, memories, anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, Ross Otto
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Published on: 8 Aug 2017

The discovery of a new biological pathway involved in pain processing offers hope of using existing cancer drugs to replace the use of opioids in chronic pain treatment, according to scientists at McGill University.

Because many therapeutic options, such as opioids, for patients with chronic pain carry the risk of addiction and undesirable side effects, this breakthrough offers promising lines of research into chronic pain treatment, says Luda Diatchenko, professor at McGill’s Faculty of Dentistry and co-lead author of the new study

Classified as: chronic pain, chronic pain treatment, pain processing, Human Pain Genetics, Luda Diatchenko, Jeffrey Mogil, Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Psychology, External, faculty, staff, health and lifestyle
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Published on: 8 Aug 2017

Human-computer interactions, such as playing video games, can have a negative impact on the brain, says a new Canadian study published in Molecular Psychiatry. For over 10 years, scientists have told us that action video game players exhibit better visual attention, motor control abilities and short-term memory. But, could these benefits come at a cost?

Classified as: video games, violence, Veronique Bohbot, Douglas Mental Health Institute, External, faculty, staff, Student, society and culture
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Published on: 8 Aug 2017

For people suffering from depression, a day without treatment can seem like a lifetime. A new study explains why the most commonly prescribed antidepressants can take as long as six weeks to have an effect. The findings could one day lead to more effective and faster acting drugs.

Classified as: SSRIs, Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro), Adrien Peyrache, depression, External, faculty, staff
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Published on: 3 Aug 2017

By Ross Neitz, University of Alberta

It’s well known that calcium is essential for strong bones and teeth, but new research shows it also plays a key role in moderating another important aspect of health—cholesterol.

Scientists at the University of Alberta and McGill University have discovered a direct link between calcium and cholesterol, a discovery that could pave the way for new ways of treating high blood cholesterol. 

Classified as: calcium, cholesterol, Marek Michalak, University of Alberta, Luis Agellon, heart disease, health and lifestyle
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Published on: 26 Jul 2017

Too much fear can be dangerous for species’ survival. In fact, fear alone, even in the absence of a live predator, can lead to species’ extinction if the population size is small enough suggests a recent study from McGill and Guelph universities. To read: “How fear alone can cause animal extinction”

Classified as: Animal extinction, Fear, Animal behaviour, External, staff, faculty, science, food and sustainability
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Published on: 24 Jul 2017

On the occasion of the High Level Political Forum held on 18 and 19 July at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, PRME in collaboration with McGill University and KEDGE Business School are pleased to announce the launch of a new Sustainability Literacy Test (Sulitest) module based on Henry Mintzberg’s book Rebalancing Society.

Classified as: Sulitest, KEDGE Business School, Henry Mintzberg, PRME, society and culture
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Published on: 19 Jul 2017

Practice might not always make perfect, but it’s essential for learning a sport or a musical instrument. It's also the basis of brain training, an approach that holds potential as a non-invasive therapy to overcome disabilities caused by neurological disease or trauma.

Research at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University (The Neuro) has shown just how adaptive the brain can be, knowledge that could one day be applied to recovery from conditions such as stroke.

Classified as: The Neuro, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (MNI), science and technology
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Published on: 19 Jul 2017

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