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  • According to researchers from from Université Laval’s Faculty of Medicine and the CHUQ Research Center, it may be possible to repair the defective gene that causes Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). The team, led by Professor Jacques P. Tremblay, recently published their new therapeutic approach in the online version of Gene Therapy.
    Duchenne muscular dystro­phy is a hereditary...

  • While we hope you find this current issue of Future Health provides the usual dose of compelling reading, we would also like to give you some advance notice about the next two issues of the publication. By way of marking the 35th anniversary of Canadians for Health Research, we have assembled a team with some of the country’s leading medical writers, who will be examining leading issues in a...

  • Scientists from the BC Cancer Agency have discovered a never-beforeseen DNA spelling mistake – or mutation – in a gene called EZH2 in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and follicular lymphoma, the two most common types of non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

    This groundbreaking discovery, which was published online in the prestigious international science journal Nature Genetics, is particularly...

  • A new study from The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro) at McGill University is the first to discover a molecular link between Parkinson’s disease and defects in the ability of nerve cells to communicate. The study, published in the prestigious journal Molecular Cell and selected as Editor’s Choice in the prominent journal Science, provides new insight into the...

  • More lung transplants may be possible

    For the first time, scientists in the McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine, University Health Network, have successfully used gene therapy to repair human donor lungs, making them potentially suitable for transplantation. This technique could significantly expand the number of donor lungs by repairing organs that are currently discarded and...

  • Leishmania is a deadly parasitic disease that affects over 12 million people worldwide. More than 2 million new cases are reported every year. Until recently, scientists were unsure exactly how the parasite survives inside human cells. That mystery has now been solved, according to a new study published in Science Signaling by a team led by Dr. Martin Olivier – a scientist at the...

  • Alberta scientists have invented a revolutionary new system that improves the quality of life for people paralysed by stroke or spinal cord injury. Led by Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR) Scientist Arthur Prochazka, PhD, the University of Alberta (U of A) team has designed a system known as ReJoyce and completed a successful clinical trial with participants from across...

  • When the University of Alberta’s diabetes research team first announced a revolutionary procedure to transplant pancreatic islet cells into insulin- depended diabetics, so many hopeful patients called in that the hospital’s switchboard crashed for three days.

    A decade later, the procedure- known around the world as the Edmonton Protocol-has been improved and refined, and funding for...

  • Omega-3s ease psychological distress and depressive symptoms often suffered by menopausal and perimenopausal women, according to researchers at Université Laval’s Faculty of Medicine. Their study, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, presents the first evidence that omega-3 supplements are effective for treating common menopause-related mental health problems....

  • In a new study, researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI), McGill University, and the Université de Montréal have discovered an essential mechanism for the maintenance of the normal structure of myelin, the protective covering that insulates and supports nerve cells (neurons).

    Until this discovery, very little was known about how myelin is maintained. The new information...

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