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Habit change is key to success for weight loss

Can experts in behaviour change help boost weight loss for overweight people? McGill University researchers think so: they report significant results -- up to 10% of body-mass loss with this approach.

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Published: 27 Sep 2018

New study uncovers vast variation and significant deficits in tuberculosis care in urban India

On September 26, Heads of State will gather in New York at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly’s first-ever high-level meeting on tuberculosis (TB) to accelerate efforts to end TB and reach all affected people with prevention and care.

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Published: 25 Sep 2018

New means to fight ‘un-killable’ bacteria in healthcare settings

Scientists at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) have identified new means of fighting drug-tolerant bacteria, a growing global threat as menacing as drug-resistant microbes. Little is known about the mechanisms leading to tolerance, a strategy that makes bacteria “indifferent” to antibiotics and almost “un-killable,” which results in chronic infections extremely difficult to treat and cure.

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Published: 13 Sep 2018

Complete make-over in fight of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis

Several new medicines have been found to be more effective than traditional ones used to treat multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), according to a new international collaborative study led by Dr. Dick Menzies, senior scientist at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) in Montreal....

Published: 7 Sep 2018

New genetics findings unravel key components of fracture risk in osteoporosis

The largest study ever to investigate the genetics of osteoporosis and fracture risk determined that only two examined factors – bone mineral density (BMD) and muscle strength – play a potentially causal role in the risk of suffering osteoporotic fracture, a major health problem affecting more than 9 million people worldwide very year....

Published: 30 Aug 2018

Latent TB Treatment: Shorter is Better

Treatment of latent tuberculosis is set to transform after a pair of studies from the Research-Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) revealed that a shorter treatment was safer and more effective in children and adults compared to the current standard. These findings are published today in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Published: 2 Aug 2018

Nano-sized traps show promise in diagnosing pathogenic bacterial infections

A new type of “lab on a chip” developed by McGill University scientists has the potential to become a clinical tool capable of detecting very small quantities of disease-causing bacteria in just minutes.

The device designed by Sara Mahshid, Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at McGill, is made of nano-sized “islands,” about one tenth of the thickness of a single human hair, which act as bacterial traps or snares.

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Published: 30 Jul 2018

Rewriting our understanding of gastric tumours

The immune system can be an important ally in the fight against cancer....

Published: 26 Jul 2018

15-minutes of exercise creates optimal brain state for mastering new motor skills

If you want to learn to walk a tightrope, it’s a good idea to go for a short run after each practice session. That’s because a recent study in NeuroImage demonstrates that exercise performed immediately after practicing a new motor skill improves its long-term retention....

Published: 9 Jul 2018

Towards a better understanding of Parkinson’s disease

A new study, published today in Nature Structural & Molecular Biology, moves researchers closer to understanding one of the crucial proteins involved in Parkinson’s disease.

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Published: 3 Jul 2018

New Insight Into How Autism Might Develop in Human Brain

In a study published in Stem Cell Reports, a McGill University team of scientists led by Dr. Carl Ernst, researcher at the Douglas Hospital Research Centre, revealed a molecular mechanism that may play a role in the development of autism.

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Published: 26 Jun 2018

$10-million gift strengthens McGill's commitment to brain research, young researchers and faster results for patients

A transformative gift of $10 million from the Irving Ludmer Family Foundation in support of the Ludmer Centre for Neuroinformatics & Mental Health will expand the Centre’s internationally renowned role in brain research and establish a Global Brain Consortium of leading research institutions....

Published: 20 Jun 2018

Unusual lung structures may raise risk of pulmonary disease

The internal anatomy of our lungs is surprisingly variable, and some of those variations are associated with a greater risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a new study led by researchers at McGill University and the Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Published: 6 Feb 2018

Misery does not love company

With as many as four in 10 Canadian teachers leaving the field within their first five years, what can be done to keep more of them in the classroom?   Researchers in McGill University’s Faculty of Education examined this question by surveying more than 500 Canadian teachers about how they dealt with teaching setbacks....
Published: 31 Jan 2018

Does Chagas disease present a health risk to Canadians?

Believe it or not, a tropical blood parasite native to Latin America could be harmful to Canadians. Infectious diseases like malaria or Zika may have dominated recent headlines but Chagas – the “Kissing Bug” disease – is in the spotlight following the publication of a new case study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ)....

Published: 14 Dec 2017

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