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Pharmacology - Health - 06.06.2023
Programmable 3D printed wound dressing could improve treatment for burn, cancer patients
Researchers have developed intelligent hydrogel materials for use as a reusable wound dressing One of the challenges in treating burn victims is the frequency of dressing changes, which can be extremely painful. To bring relief to this and other problems, University of Waterloo researchers have created a new type of wound dressing material using advanced polymers.

Life Sciences - Health - 05.06.2023
Moving towards a more inclusive approach to medicine
Release of pangenome representing wide diversity of individuals ushers in new understanding of human biology and disease The first human genome, which has served as the reference until now, was released approximately 20 years ago. It was a landmark accomplishment that had a huge impact on biomedical research and changed the way scientists study human biology.

Health - Pharmacology - 01.06.2023
Antipsychotic drug use increased in Canadian long-term care homes in first year of pandemic
Other aspects of treatment in long-term care homes generally remained the same a year into the pandemic While most aspects of care quality in long-term care homes did not differ in the first year of the pandemic from pre-pandemic levels, a new study shows that the use of antipsychotic drugs increased in all provinces.

Social Sciences - Health - 31.05.2023
Research highlights alarming rates of sexual abuse among Indigenous Canadian children
A study led by Simon Fraser University criminology researchers has found that rates of child sexual abuse (CSA) among Indigenous Canadians surveyed were three to five times higher than global estimates, while those with parents or family members who attended residential schools are at significantly greater risk of experiencing CSA.

Health - Pharmacology - 30.05.2023
Biomarkers for the Progression of Type 2 Diabetes Identified
Researcher Guy Rutter and his colleagues in Europe, Canada and the United States have discovered molecules in samples taken from 3,000 diabetic patients that could help personalize treatments. Guy Rutter, researcher at the Centre de recherche du CHUM (CRCHUM), Imperial College London and professor in the Department of Medicine at the Université de Montréal Credit: CRCHUM This research was carried out as part of the European RHAPSODY project (Risk Assessment and Progression of Diabetes).

Health - 22.05.2023
Perinatal transmission of HPV: Encouraging new data
Pregnant women who have HPV rarely transmit it to their baby, and when they do, the infection does not persist. While human papilloma virus (HPV) is common in pregnant women, transmission from mother to baby is infrequent and the virus does not persist in infected newborns beyond six months.

Health - Life Sciences - 19.05.2023
Vitamin K helps protect against diabetes
After 15 years of basic research, researchers at UdeM and the IRCM identify a new role for the blood-clotting micronutrient in helping to prevent a disease affecting one in 11 people. Canadian researchers have identified a new role for vitamin K and gamma-carboxylation in beta cells and their potentially protective role in diabetes, achieving a first in 15 years of basic research.

Life Sciences - Health - 18.05.2023
Mimicking brain plasticity in children to control post-traumatic stress
Mimicking brain plasticity in children to control post-traumatic stress
The CHU Sainte-Justine team, led by Graziella Di Cristo, has made an important breakthrough in the treatment of people suffering from symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress. Could we temporarily increase brain plasticity in adults to decrease fear and anxiety responses in people who have experienced trauma? CHU Sainte-Justine Neuroscientist Graziella Di Cristo and her team were determined to find out.

Health - Environment - 17.05.2023
What’s a park worth to the economy?
May 17, 2023 First of its kind study quantifies mental and physical health value of urban parks A new framework developed by University of Waterloo researchers demonstrates the significant economic health savings and benefits from urban park investments. In the first case study of its kind in Canada, researchers looked at Peterborough's new Quaker Foods City Square park, which cost taxpayers $6.4 million, and have estimated the economic value of physical and mental health benefits that could come from it at more than $4 million per year.

Health - 17.05.2023
Western research sheds light on symptoms of understudied spine disease
Western research sheds light on symptoms of understudied spine disease
Team examined association between pain and DISH, a disease that causes calcification of the spine After hearing first-hand from patients about how the disease impacted their lives, a team of researchers and graduate students at Western were inspired to investigate the symptoms associated with an understudied spine disease called diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH).

Health - Pharmacology - 17.05.2023
Novel treatment for recurrent glioblastoma shows promising results
Novel treatment for recurrent glioblastoma shows promising results
An international clinical trial led by researchers at  University Health Network  (UHN) and the University of Toronto has shown that a new therapy for recurrent glioblastoma prolongs patient survival, in some cases by several years.

Life Sciences - Health - 15.05.2023
Found: the mutated gene behind mirror movement disorder
In an advance that could pave the way for better diagnostics, Canadian scientists identify a new genetic mutation thought to cause the rare condition, which impairs coordination. Scientists at Université de Montréal, McGill University and its affiliated Montreal Children's Hospital have made a promising breakthrough in understanding the origins of mirror movement disorder, a rare inherited neurological disorder.

Health - Pharmacology - 10.05.2023
Potential Life-Saving Results in Treating Cardiac Arrhythmias
Potential Life-Saving Results in Treating Cardiac Arrhythmias
Drug Discovered by SFU Researchers Shows Potential Life-Saving Results in Treating Cardiac Arrhythmias Scientists at Simon Fraser University (SFU) and the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research (LIMR) near Philadelphia have found that a drug discovered at SFU and patented several years ago may have potential lifesaving results in the treatment of conditions leading to sudden cardiac death.

Psychology - Health - 09.05.2023
Six-year University of Toronto study to focus on cognitive abilities and functioning following substance use
A team of University of Toronto researchers have launched a six-year study looking at the effect of addiction recovery on cognitive ability. The research will be done in collaboration with the  Canadian Centre for Addictions (CCFA) and involves studying whether thinking abilities return to normal after abstaining from various substance use, how long it takes, and whether rehabilitative strategies can help this process.

Health - Life Sciences - 08.05.2023
Study sheds light on how the immune system protects the body
Researchers explore how patients with a rare and severe immunodeficiency were still able to defend themselves normally against viruses, including COVID-19 First study of humans with a rare immunodeficiency reveals how the immune system protects the body against pathogens known to cause serious diseases, such as tuberculosis and COVID-19.

Health - Life Sciences - 05.05.2023
New hope for vision regeneration
Researchers led by UdeM's Michel Cayouette have found a way to reactivate dormant cells in the retina and transform them to ultimately replace cells lost in retinal degeneration. Dr. Michel Cayouette, Director of the Cellular Neurobiology Research Unit at the Clinical Research Institute of Montreal (CRIM) and Full Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the Université de Montréal Credit: Amélie Philibert There's new hope for potentially restoring vision in patients suffering from degenerative retinal disease, thanks to work by researchers at Université de Montréal.

Life Sciences - Health - 05.05.2023
Generative AI to design novel proteins
Generative AI to design novel proteins
Researchers at the University of Toronto have developed an artificial intelligence system that can create proteins not found in nature using generative diffusion - the same technology behind popular AI image-creation platforms such as Midjourney and OpenAI's DALL-E. The system will help advance the field of generative biology, which promises to speed up drug development by making the design and testing of entirely new therapeutic proteins more efficient and flexible.

Health - 01.05.2023
Researchers explore why some people get motion sick playing VR games while others don’t
May 1, 2023 Study's findings could help designers of VR experiences create more comfortable and enjoyable environments for users  The way our senses adjust while playing high-intensity virtual reality games plays a critical role in understanding why some people experience severe cybersickness and others don't.

Pharmacology - Health - 26.04.2023
Innovative treatment targets blood clots without increased bleeding risk
Innovative treatment targets blood clots without increased bleeding risk
Science, Health & Technology Erik Rolfsen Safer and more effective blood thinners could be on the way following a groundbreaking discovery by researchers at UBC and the University of Michigan, published today in Nature Communications . By combining their expertise in blood clotting systems and chemical synthesis, the researchers have designed a new compound called MPI 8 that offers the potential to prevent blood clots without any increased risk of bleeding-a common side effect of existing blood thinners.

Health - Life Sciences - 26.04.2023
AI to explore potential zoonotic diseases
In 5 seconds: During the COVID-19 pandemic, Timothée Poisot and his team were already hard at work on an algorithm for predicting interactions between mammals and viruses. The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of closely monitoring viruses that could infect humans. In the early stages of the pandemic, Timothée Poisot and his colleagues were already developing an algorithm for predicting mammal-virus interactions.
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