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2013-08-15 11:57:15

No evidence that impaired blood flow or blockage in the veins of the neck or head is involved in MS There is no evidence that impaired blood flow or blockage in the veins of the neck or head is involved in multiple sclerosis, says a McMaster University study. The research, published online by PLOS ONE today, found no evidence of abnormalities in the internal jugular or vertebral veins or in the deep cerebral veins of any of 100 patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) compared with 100...

2013-07-10 12:48:03

Epidemic model looked at 3 contributing factors Three waves of the deadliest influenza pandemic in history, known as the Spanish flu, hit England and Wales in 1918, just as World War 1 was coming to an end. Why flu arrives in multiple waves like this is the focus of a study by McMaster University researchers who discovered three contributing factors: the closing and opening of schools, temperature changes and – most importantly – changes in human...

Devastating Symptoms Of Tay-Sachs Disease May Be Reduced With Readily-available drugs
2013-06-06 15:32:49

McMaster University A team of researchers has made a significant discovery which may have a dramatic impact on children stricken with Tay-Sachs disease, a degenerative and fatal neurological condition that often strikes in the early months of life. Available drugs may dramatically ease a child's suffering, say scientists. "There is hope for this disease," says Suleiman Igdoura, lead researcher of the study and an associate professor of biology at McMaster University. "Imagine what...

2013-06-05 08:27:36

SAN DIEGO, June 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Genoa Pharmaceuticals, the leader in inhaled medicines for pulmonary fibrosis, and collaborators Drs. Martin Kolb and Kjetil Ask at McMaster University announced today the measured advantages of inhaled GP-101 (aerosol pirfenidone) in the treatment of pulmonary fibrosis. Utilizing the standard in vivo model of bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis, we have demonstrated that small inhaled doses yielding high peak, short duration lung pirfenidone...

Researchers Find Women Remember Faces Better Than Men
2013-06-04 14:44:38

McMaster University New research from McMaster University suggests women can remember faces better than men, in part because they spend more time studying features without even knowing it, and a technique researchers say can help improve anyone's memories. The findings help to answer long-standing questions about why some people can remember faces easily while others quickly forget someone they've just met. "The way we move our eyes across a new individual's face affects our ability...

Gambling Decisions Influenced By Evolution
2013-03-18 19:05:50

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Many of us who have made vacation plans to travel to the entertainment and gambling bastions of Las Vegas or Atlantic City, or any number of the regional casinos around the nation, probably find we enjoy the thrill of the possibility of parlaying a nominal bet into a moderate windfall. However, the fact these locations continue to exist and thrive lets one know the odds are typically in favor of the house. There are,...

Healthy Diet Prevents Repeat Heart Attacks And Strokes
2012-12-04 11:01:46

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The saying may be that milk does the body good, but other food like fruits, vegetables and fish do the heart good in particular. Scientists from McMaster University recently found that healthy eating can help prevent the possibility of a second heart attack or stroke for patients who are suffering from cardiovascular disease. In general, the study´s findings showed that a healthy diet could have an...

Researchers Identify Santa Clause Gene
2012-11-20 20:57:27

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Just in time for the appearance of jolly old Saint Nick at the end of the Thanksgiving Day Parade, researchers at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario have identified a gene that not only contributes to obesity, but also to a lowered risk of depression. The ℠Santa Claus gene,´ known as FTO, is a major genetic contributor to obesity and was linked to an eight percent reduction in the risk of depression, according to...

2012-11-16 12:26:19

HAMILTON, Ontario, Nov. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The integrated department of diagnostic services at Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) and St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton (SJHH) announced today that it is launching a city-wide, integrated Radiology and Nuclear Medicine peer review pilot project. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121116/NY15125LOGO) The pilot project seeks to implement a quality assurance, improvement and collaboration program for radiology and nuclear...

2012-11-14 12:27:22

TORONTO, Nov. 14, 2012 /CNW/ - Canada's Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D) President Russell Williams announced the creation of three university scholarships today, during the association's Annual General Meeting (AGM). The three $25,000 scholarships, which recognize past Chairs of the Rx&D Board, will support students studying life sciences at McMaster University, the University of British Columbia and Queen's University. "Partnerships between academic medical...