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2010-03-26 07:17:56

Researchers discover that a modified protein plays a key role in memory processes How do we process thoughts and store memories? A team of researchers headed by Dr. Nahum Sonenberg of McGill's Department of Biochemistry and Goodman Cancer Center has discovered that brains in mammals modify a particular protein in a unique way, which alters the protein's normal function. This discovery represents an important step in understanding how our brains work. When our memories are being formed, nerve...

2010-02-09 16:32:27

Dr. François Robert and colleagues have accomplished a technical breakthrough The research group of Dr. François Robert, a researcher at the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montr©al (IRCM), in collaboration with the team of Dr. Daniel Durocher (Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute and University of Toronto) accomplished a technical breakthrough: they mapped all the fragile sites of a living organism, the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The...

2009-10-06 11:07:19

A team of University of British Columbia microbiologists has identified a key defense mechanism used by the immune system against Listeria with strong implications for the future development of vaccines. Listeria is the bacteria that causes listeriosis, a food-borne infection that caused 22 deaths in Canada in an August 2008 outbreak in meat products produced by Maple Leaf Foods. "We know a great deal about how our body's adaptive immune system reacts to viruses but generally very little...

2009-07-15 08:36:56

While attending university, men are equally likely as women to have been victims of physical or emotional violence, and that violence is often linked to drinking, according to a new study led by University of British Columbia researcher Elizabeth Saewyc.The study, first published online in the Journal of Adolescent Health last month and scheduled for print publication this fall, found 17 per cent of men and 16 per cent of women reported emotional or physical violence in the past six months....

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2009-03-07 08:34:48

University of Montreal scientists explain how sugar shortens lifespan in PLoS Genetics We know that lifespan can be extended in animals by restricting calories such as sugar intake. Now, according to a study published in the journal PLoS Genetics, Universit© de Montr©al scientists have discovered that it's not sugar itself that is important in this process but the ability of cells to sense its presence. Aging is a complex phenomenon and the mechanisms underlying aging are yet to be...

2009-02-13 11:00:00

OTTAWA, Feb. 13 /PRNewswire/ - Why do we age? Will baby boomers bust our health care system? How can we make cities more age-friendly? WHAT A workshop for journalists on aging and health WHERE Westin Harbour Castle Hotel 1 Harbour Square Toronto, Ontario, CANADA WHO Canadian Institutes of Health Research WHEN A kick off dinner on the evening of Thursday, March 5th,...

2008-09-05 12:00:40

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 5, 2008) - The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health, today announced the reappointment of Arnold Steinberg as a member of the Governing Council for the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR), for a three year term. "Mr. Steinberg has already made a significant contribution having acted as Chair of the Governing Council while a new president was being sought," said Minister Clement. "His vast experience and his involvement with the governance...

2008-06-18 15:00:44

SAN DIEGO, CA, June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Canada and California, two world leaders in the area of cancer stem cell research, will join forces to gain a better understanding of the role cancer stem cells play in the development of the disease. "This is an historic agreement. Now we are working together across borders, bringing together the best minds from both countries with the goal of learning how to prevent and treat cancer for the benefit of all of our citizens," said Tony Clement, Minister...

2008-06-18 15:00:44

SAN DIEGO, CA, June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Media representatives are invited to a photo opportunity with the Honourable Tony Clement, Canadian Health Minister and Arnold Schwarzenegger, the California Governor, in light of an international collaboration announcement on cancer stem cell research made today at the BIO 2008 International Convention in San Diego. Who: The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Governor of California When:...


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.