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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

Mindfulness training shows promise for maintaining weight loss

Can mindfulness training help overweight people shed pounds and keep them off?  McGill University researchers surveyed the growing body of studies investigating that question, and came away encouraged.

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Published: 23 Nov 2017

Meeting a microbe in the morning or in the evening: is it all the same?

Does the time of day matter when our body is infected by a parasite? According to new research from McGill University, it matters a great deal.

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Published: 8 Sep 2017

MUHC study calls for action to help adolescents with diabetes transition to adult care

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....

Published: 17 Aug 2017

Newly discovered pathway for pain processing could lead to new treatments

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.

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Published: 8 Aug 2017

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