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Pharmacology - Health - 21.05.2024
Western-led analysis shows potential in new Alzheimer’s treatment
Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia, affecting more than 55 million people worldwide. Currently, the two main approaches for treatments to delay or slow its progression target the buildup of amyloid beta peptides - which form plaques in the spaces between nerve cells in the brain - and the buildup of tau protein, resulting in tangles which damage neurons.

Health - Campus - 21.05.2024
Rising home prices can harm peoples' health
Rising home prices can harm peoples’ health
Rapid increases in housing costs have taken a toll on people, including their health, according to Simon Fraser University (SFU) health sciences researchers. A new systematic review of 23 studies, published in BMC Public Health, on the impact of housing prices on health finds that such changes can both positively and negatively impact people's health.

Health - Life Sciences - 07.05.2024
Study underscores new strategies to fight drug-resistant bacteria
The team, including McGill Professor Jesse Shapiro, conducted one of the largest genetic studies to analyze the dynamic relationship between cholera bacteria, their bacteriophages and antibiotics Several billion years ago, a genetic arms race began between bacteria and their viral killers. This seemingly eternal struggle continues today, with implications for diseases killing tens of thousands of people around the world each year.

Health - Psychology - 03.05.2024
Behavioural therapy and sleep: a lifeline for night workers
Behavioural therapy and sleep: a lifeline for night workers
A new study shows that behavioural therapy can improve the sleep and mental health of workers with atypical schedules. If you are a police officer, a healthcare worker, a firefighter or even a miner, you may be part of the 25% to 30% of the population with atypical working hours. This type of schedule may involve working early mornings, evenings and nights, and it may be fixed, on-call or rotating.

Health - Life Sciences - 02.05.2024
Musical medicine: health benefits of hearing music for older adults
Musical medicine: health benefits of hearing music for older adults
Listening to music benefits older adults' cognitive health, even if it's music they haven't heard before or don't enjoy very much, according to a study by Simon Fraser University and Health Research BC researchers. Led by SFU neuroscientist Sarah Faber, the study published in Network Neuroscience discovered that listening to music activates brain regions linked to reward in older adults, regardless of their familiarity with the music.

Health - Agronomy / Food Science - 30.04.2024
Economic impact of eating disorders in Canada
Economic impact of eating disorders in Canada
National study finds that cost and impact of eating disorders in children and youth during COVID-19 has been vastly underestimated. A new pan-Canadian analysis on the cost of eating disorders in children and youth before and during the COVID-19 pandemic shows a sharp increase that the researchers say is only the tip of the iceberg.

Life Sciences - Health - 25.04.2024
’Antennae’ of cells: a protein plays a major role
Researchers in Quebec and California demonstrate a new aspect of what is required for the cellular structure cilium to transmit signals so that the body's cells can work as they should. The essential role played by a protein in the functioning of cells is revealed in new work from the laboratory of Université de Montréal medical professor Frédéric Charron , holder of the Canada Research Chair in Developmental Neurobiology.

Health - 25.04.2024
Got a cochlear implant? You should still sign
A new UdeM study shows that exposing deaf children to sign language before and after cochlear implantation improves linguistic and cognitive skills. Many researchers and clinicians advise the parents of a deaf child waiting for a cochlear implant to avoid sign language and focus exclusively on spoken language.

Health - Innovation - 24.04.2024
Making the cut: PARS accelerates cancer diagnosis
Making the cut: PARS accelerates cancer diagnosis
University of Waterloo researchers have invented a digital medical imaging system that significantly improves the cancer detection process to deliver immediate results and enable swift, effective treatment for all types of cancer. The Photon Absorption Remote Sensing (PARS) system, an innovative, built-from-scratch technology, is faster than traditional cancer-detection methods and aims to deliver a diagnosis in minutes - enabling prompt surgical intervention.

Health - Pharmacology - 24.04.2024
Results for: A decade of discovery: how Arnie Charbonneau’s generosity sparked momentum and transformed cancer research in Canada
A decade of discovery: how Arnie Charbonneau's generosity sparked momentum and transformed cancer research in Canada A decade after the Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute was founded, cutting-edge research discoveries are improving the lives of cancer patients. A candid conversation at a restaurant near the Tom Baker Cancer Centre led to a gift that altered the trajectory of cancer research in Calgary, with impacts across Canada and around the globe.

Health - Psychology - 18.04.2024
Researchers quantify connection between homelessness and mental health disorders
Researchers quantify connection between homelessness and mental health disorders
Researchers say findings point to vital need for specific interventions to support mental health needs of unhoused people Health-care professionals who work with people experiencing homelessness know many of the people may also be living with a mental health disorder. University of Calgary researchers wanted to better understand how often these two things are connected, and what they found surprised them.

Health - Pharmacology - 15.04.2024
Canada likely to miss WHO’s Hepatitis C elimination target
Canada likely to miss WHO's Hepatitis C elimination target, research shows. Canada will not reach the original World Health Organization's (WHO) target of eliminating the Hepatitis C virus (HCV) by 2030 and lags in comparison to other developed countries, a new study led by researchers at the University of Waterloo has found.

Health - Materials Science - 15.04.2024
3D printing of heart valves: a major breakthrough
3D printing of heart valves: a major breakthrough
Researchers at CHU Sainte-Justine find a way to use 3D printing to produce heart valves for eventual use in surgery on children with cardiac defects. In a breakthrough in pediatric cardiac science, Canadian researchers have successfully produced a bio-ink that could someday be used to print functional, durable heart valves, offering hope for improving the prognosis of children with heart defects.

Life Sciences - Health - 15.04.2024
Millions of gamers advance biomedical research
Millions of gamers advance biomedical research
Leveraging gamers and video game technology can dramatically boost scientific research according to a new study published today in Nature Biotechnology . 4.5 million gamers around the world have advanced medical science by helping to reconstruct microbial evolutionary histories using a minigame included inside the critically and commercially successful video game, Borderlands 3 .

Health - 11.04.2024
Analysis identifies areas for improvement in the overall health of Canada's population
Analysis identifies areas for improvement in the overall health of Canada’s population
Study involving Western professor shows rate of improvement for burden of disease in Canada has plateaued since 2011 Understanding the trends in the health of a country's population is crucial for developing effective public health policies and predicting future demand for health services.

Health - Life Sciences - 10.04.2024
Keys to the genome: unlocking the package
Scientists at the Montreal Clinical Research Institute have discovered the molecular mechanisms responsible for opening up the human genome and expressing new genes. Done in the laboratory of Jacques Drouin , director of the IRCM's Molecular Genetics Research Unit, the find marks an important step towards understanding the mechanisms underlying the genome.

Health - 10.04.2024
Weak link between adolescent media use and psychotic experiences in adulthood
As digital media becomes an increasing part of daily life for teens, the question of how heightened screen time will impact their brains in the future is becoming more pressing. A group of researchers at McGill University has set out to determine whether the use of video games, computers and other media during adolescence was associated with psychotic experiences in adulthood.

Health - Innovation - 04.04.2024
Minifoies
Minifoies" to save children suffering from liver failure
A team of researchers has developed "mini-pathways" to save children suffering from acute liver failure by avoiding liver transplantation. Massimiliano Paganelli , pediatric hepatologist and Director of the Tissue Engineering and Hepatic Cell Therapy Laboratory at CHU Sainte-Justine, is well acquainted with the reality of young people and adults suffering from liver failure, as he regularly sees them in clinic.

Social Sciences - Health - 03.04.2024
Netflix misses the mark by trivializing teenagers' pain
Netflix misses the mark by trivializing teenagers’ pain
UCalgary-led research discovers movies and TV series aimed at adolescents reinforce gender and racialized pain stereotypes. Researchers at the University of Calgary and the University of Bath, U.K., are calling on Netflix to do a better job of representing the kind of pain typically experienced by 12- to 18-year-olds.

Health - Psychology - 28.03.2024
Link between homelessness and dementia
Link between homelessness and dementia
Study shows people experiencing homelessness more likely to develop dementia, and at a younger age The prevalence of dementia in unhoused people was almost two times greater than in the general population, with a higher prevalence for age groups younger than 85 years, according to new research led by researchers at Western, ICES and Lawson Health Research Institute.
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