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Health - Pharmacology - 07.11.2022
National study suggests it's time to rethink how we treat atrial fibrillation
National study suggests it’s time to rethink how we treat atrial fibrillation
Science, Health & Technology Brett Goldhawk Early intervention with catheter cryoablation can halt disease progression, reduce risk of serious health impacts A national study led by UBC researchers at the Centre for Cardiovascular Innovation is shedding light on how to more effectively treat atrial fibrillation (AF) - a common heart rhythm problem associated with increased risk of stroke and heart failure.

Pharmacology - Health - 06.07.2022
Rapid antibody test to gauge immune response to SARS-CoV-2 variants
COVID-19 infections are once again on the rise as our immune systems struggle to combat new variants. That's according to a University of Toronto study that found the antibodies generated by people who were vaccinated and/or recovered from COVID-19 prior to 2022 failed to neutralize the variants circulating today.

Pharmacology - Health - 23.06.2022
Cannabis self-medication: a solution that may create problems
Cannabis self-medication: a solution that may create problems
Even if the evidence of the effectiveness of cannabis is still very scarce, Quebecers are self-prescribing products from this plant for health problems ranging from pain to shyness Anxiety, depression, insomnia, shyness, migraines, muscle spasms, pain, loss of appetite, loss of libido. These are some of the health problems for which Quebecers self-prescribe cannabis, even though no reliable scientific study has yet demonstrated its effectiveness for these uses.

Health - Pharmacology - 15.06.2022
Opioid use disorder: flexible treatment at home proves effective
Opioid use disorder: flexible treatment at home proves effective
A pan-Canadian team announces initial results of the national OPTIMA study comparing the efficacy of two models of care for treating opioid use disorder. Did you know that more than 26,500 Canadians died from opioid intoxication between January 2016 and September 2021? Or that more than 350,000 people who used drugs containing opioids to relieve their pain did so problematically? In Quebec alone, 339 people died from opioid intoxication between January and September 2021, according to the latest data from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Pharmacology - Health - 14.06.2022
Current hepatitis B prevention and treatment strategies are inadequate to meet Ontario’s targets
HBV vaccination, screening, and treatment strategies are often logistically challenging and expensive By A new University of Waterloo study shows that current Hepatitis B vaccination, screening, and treatment strategies in Ontario will leave the province well short of its goal to reduce preventable infections that afflict 1,000 Ontarians annually.

Health - Pharmacology - 02.06.2022
Decoding the language of immune responses
Decoding the language of immune responses
Researchers from McGill University and the US National Cancer Institute (NCI) have made some surprising discoveries about our immune system. By using mathematical modelling to look at specific aspects of immune responses in mice and humans, their data-driven approach, described in a recent article in Science, reveals that immune responses may exist on a finer spectrum than had previously been believed.

Health - Pharmacology - 25.05.2022
Blood biomarker predicts complicated Crohn's disease years before diagnosis: Study
Blood biomarker predicts complicated Crohn’s disease years before diagnosis: Study
An international team led by a University of Toronto researcher has found that an antibody in the blood predicts severe Crohn's disease and is detectable up to seven years prior to disease diagnosis. Crohn's disease is a chronic inflammatory condition of the intestine for which simple and effective biomarkers prior to diagnosis are lacking.

Health - Pharmacology - 18.05.2022
Significant gains from computer-based depression treatment
Significant gains from computer-based depression treatment
A new international collaborative study, involving multiple institutions including Western University, has found computer-based cognitive behavioural therapy (CCBT) has significantly greater impact in treating depression among adults than treatment as usual (TAU).

Health - Pharmacology - 11.05.2022
Discovery reveals blocking inflammation may lead to chronic pain
Discovery reveals blocking inflammation may lead to chronic pain
Using anti-inflammatory drugs and steroids to relieve pain could increase the chances of developing chronic pain, according to researchers from McGill University and colleagues in Italy. Their research puts into question conventional practices used to alleviate pain. Normal recovery from a painful injury involves inflammation and blocking that inflammation with drugs could lead to harder-to-treat pain.

Health - Pharmacology - 02.05.2022
Catching COVID-19 during pregnancy increases risk of hospitalization, premature birth: national study
Catching COVID-19 during pregnancy increases risk of hospitalization, premature birth: national study
Science, Health & Technology Brett Goldhawk As Canada faces a sixth wave of COVID-19 infections, researchers at the UBC faculty of medicine are urging people who are pregnant to remain vigilant based on data from Canada's first national, peer-reviewed study on COVID-19 in pregnancy. The findings, published today in JAMA , show that pregnant people who catch COVID-19 are at greater risk of being hospitalized, being admitted to intensive care units (ICUs) and experiencing an early birth.

Health - Pharmacology - 28.04.2022
New drug shows promise slowing tumour growth in some hard-to-treat cancers
New drug shows promise slowing tumour growth in some hard-to-treat cancers
Scientists at Sinai Health and the University of Toronto say a new drug designed to block an enzyme essential for the survival of certain cancer cells shows promise in curbing tumour growth. The preclinical findings,  published this month in the journal  Nature , describe a new drug designed with CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology in the lab of  Daniel Durocher , a senior investigator at Sinai Health's  Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute  (LTRI) and a professor of molecular genetics in University of Toronto's Temerty Faculty of Medicine.

Health - Pharmacology - 21.04.2022
Health research overlooks important differences between sexes
Q&As Erik Rolfsen You might be surprised to learn how rarely health research accounts for the fact that male and female bodies are different. Researchers from UBC's women's health research cluster and department of psychology have published an analysis of 3,193 neuroscience and psychiatry studies from 2009 and 2019.

Health - Pharmacology - 07.04.2022
U.S. insurance claims show strong link between ED medications and vision problems
Science, Health & Technology Erik Rolfsen The risk of developing one of three serious eye conditions increases by 85 per cent for regular users of common erectile dysfunction (ED) medications such as Viagra, Cialis, Levitra and Stendra, new UBC research has found. Two of the three conditions had previously been linked to ED medications only by anecdotal case studies.

Pharmacology - Life Sciences - 16.03.2022
Largest ever psychedelics study maps changes of conscious awareness to neurotransmitter systems
Largest ever psychedelics study maps changes of conscious awareness to neurotransmitter systems
Applying machine learning to a database of testimonials uncovers how drug-induced changes in subjective awareness are mechanistically rooted in the human brain Psychedelics are now a rapidly growing area of neuroscience and clinical research, one that may produce much-needed new therapies for disorders such as depression and schizophrenia.

Health - Pharmacology - 10.03.2022
Low COVID vaccine uptake linked to housing insecurity
Low COVID vaccine uptake linked to housing insecurity
By the end of September 2021, uptake of COVID-19 vaccines among adults with a recent experience of housing insecurity were 25 per cent lower than the adult population of Ontario for a first dose, and 34 per cent lower for a second dose, according to a new study. Published in The Lancet Public Health , the study is the first in Canada to examine vaccination rates among persons experiencing homelessness.

Life Sciences - Pharmacology - 01.03.2022
Western-led concussion research preps for prime time
An innovative concussion blood test developed by researchers at Western University is set to begin a pivotal clinical trial with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration in the coming weeks. Leveraging biomarkers and artificial intelligence, the test could be a game-changer for concussion diagnosis and management.

Pharmacology - Health - 28.02.2022
Computer drug simulations offer warning about promising diabetes and cancer treatment
Metformin highly effective in targeting diabetes and some cancers but potentially dangerous with others By Using computer drug simulations, researchers have found that doctors need to be wary of prescribing a particular  treatment  for all types of cancer and patients. The drug, called metformin, has traditionally been prescribed for diabetes but has been used in clinical settings as a cancer treatment in recent years.

Pharmacology - Social Sciences - 24.02.2022
Smart packaging could improve how older adults take medication
Smart packaging could improve how older adults take medication
Smart packages can be used to electronically monitor when patients take their medication. By Older adults are open to using smart packaging to improve their medication-taking experience, a new study finds. Smart packages are used to electronically monitor when patients take their medication. When the prescription is not followed as advised by their physician the smart system can notify patients and their caregivers.

Health - Pharmacology - 02.02.2022
Cancer treatment: a berry from Brazil helps out
Cancer treatment: a berry from Brazil helps out
Castalagin, a polyphenol from the Amazonian fruit camu-camu, increases the efficacy of immunotherapy in mice by modifying their microbiome, Quebec researchers find. Quebec scientists have discovered that the Brazilian camu-camu berry, already recognized for its protective effects against obesity and diabetes, can also help to treat cancers.

Pharmacology - Environment - 17.01.2022
Researchers use AI to analyze tweets debating vaccination and climate change
Preparing for an online start to the winter term: for more information. Analyzing roughly 87 million tweets, researchers found sentiments around climate change to be uniform, but not so for vaccination Using artificial intelligence (AI) researchers have found that between 2007 and 2016 online sentiments around climate change were uniform, but this was not the case with vaccination.