UBC study finds certain type of protein in body can contribute to Alzheimer’s
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(Roshini Nair/ CBC News) — Researchers believed the proteins associated with Alzheimer’s disease were largely produced by brain tissue but new research from the University of British Columbia shows proteins produced elsewhere in the body may also contribute to the development of the degenerative disease.

Alzheimer’s,  …

Women have higher mortality risk than men in the first year after heart attack: study
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(Life Sciences Medical News) — Heart attacks pose a greater threat to women than to men. A team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has determined that in the first year after a heart attack women are subject to a significantly higher mortality risk than men with similar case histories. The scientists are urging doctors   …

Menopause may trigger Alzheimer’s disease
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( Ana Sandoiu/ MedicalNewsToday) — A new study highlights the metabolic changes that occur in the brains of menopausal and perimenopausal women, suggesting that a loss of estrogen could make these women vulnerable to developing Alzheimer’s disease.

The study was carried out by researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine   …

Fitness versus fatness: which matters more?
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(Dr. Tammy Chang and Dr. Caroline Richardson, The Conversation) — There is a longstanding debate in the research community about the importance of fitness versus fatness in health. Are exercise and improving fitness more important than eating well and maintaining a healthy weight?

Some researchers argue fatness does not affect health  …

Menopause hormone therapy study misunderstood: researcher
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(D.F. McCourt/ Maclean’s) — For women of menopausal age, there are good options to reduce the symptoms of menopause, but there is also a lot of conflicting information out there. Women have to be prepared to educate themselves and advocate for themselves if they want to get appropriate treatment.

About 20 per cent of women  …

World Stroke Day: Great time to take on the No. 2 killer
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(Nancy Brown/ HuffPost) — The story seems like fiction.

A 9-year-old boy in Latin America loses his mother to a stroke. His six older siblings raise him, providing the guidance and financial support to become the only member of their generation to attend college. Then he goes to medical school. Decades later, he’s known around   …

There’s a third type of diabetes and millions don’t know they have it
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(IFL Science) — Until recently, diabetes came in two distinct varieties. However, a third major type exists, a fact that’s only come to light relatively recently – and it’s far more prevalent than people realized.

New research indicates that this means that plenty of people with the new Type 3c are being misdiagnosed as   …

Barrette blamed as number of Quebec doctors quitting medicare rises to 410
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(Aaron Derfel/ Montreal Gazette) — The number of Quebec doctors who have opted out of medicare — billing patients directly for medical services — has jumped by nearly 50 per cent since Health Minister Gaétan Barrette implemented his sweeping reforms two years ago, the latest government figures suggest.

Although the number of  …

Montreal Neuro to get autism research centre following $16M donation
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(CBC News) — The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital is launching a new specialized centre for autismresearch, thanks to a major donation from the Azrieli Foundation. The $16-million donation will allow the Neuro to open up new and innovative avenues of autism research until now funded, said the institute’s director,  …

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