Officials confirm 10 cases of acute severe hepatitis in children in Canada

Ten children in Canada were found to be suffering from acute severe hepatitis not caused by a known hepatitis virus over a nearly six-month period recently, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) announced Friday. Three cases were in Alberta,...

Canada considering smallpox vaccine for monkeypox cases, says Dr. Theresa Tam

OTTAWA - The risk posed by monkeypox is low, but nearly everyone in Canada is susceptible because routine vaccination against smallpox ended decades ago, top public health officials said Friday. Monkeypox is a rare disease that comes from the same...

Novel preclinical drug could have potential to combat depression, brain injury and cognitive disorders

James Bibb, Ph.D., and colleagues have described a novel preclinical drug that could have the potential to combat depression, brain injury and diseases that impair cognition. The drug, which notably is brain-permeable, acts to inhibit the kinase enzyme Cdk5. Cdk5...

Climate change likely to reduce the amount of sleep that people get per year

Most research looking at the impact of climate change on human life has focused on how extreme weather events affect economic and societal health outcomes on a broad scale. Yet climate change may also have a strong influence on fundamental...

Rising temperatures from climate change could reduce sleep: study

Rising global temperatures from climate change could reduce the amount of sleep people get every year, according to a new study. “In this study, we provide the first planetary-scale evidence that warmer-than-average temperatures erode human sleep,” lead author Kelton Minor...

Officials confirm 10 cases of severe, unexplained hepatitis among Canadian children

Ten children in Canada were found to be suffering from severe and mysterious cases of hepatitis over a recent five-month period, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), following an investigation into unexplained liver inflammation in children.  The...

New research challenges established ideas about infant crying

If you are a new parent who, in a more or less sleep-deprived state, googles this question, then the answer could reassure you. Many top google hits will refer you to an old study which concludes that infant crying normally...

Study links thalamus inhibition in adolescence to long-lasting cortical abnormalities

A team of Columbia University researchers has reported new evidence that cognitive abnormalities seen in neuropsychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia may be traceable to altered activity in the thalamus during adolescence, a time window of heightened vulnerability for schizophrenia. The...

‘A crutch to continue to prejudice’: Montreal’s LGBTQ community fears stigma from monkeypox

David Hawkins wasn't alive during the height of the AIDS crisis in the mid-1980s, but decades later, his organization is still working on dispelling harmful myths associated with the disease. "All these years later, it is still seen as being the gay...

Study discovers an underlying cause for infantile spasms and points to a novel therapy

Infantile spasm (IS) is a severe epileptic syndrome of infancy and accounts for 50% of all epilepsy cases that occur in babies during the first year of life. Current treatment options for this disorder are limited and most affected infants...
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