Posts Tagged ‘VCHRI’

Dr. Oscar Benavente

Combination of blood thinning drugs shown to be ineffective as stroke preventer

Sep. 7, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , ,

An international team led by a neurologist at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health has shown that a combination of aspirin and clopidogrel, both common blood thinners, does not prevent recurrence of a common type of stroke, and may even pose serious risks.

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Babak Shadgan at the Beijing Games.

Sports doc helps reduce Olympic injuries

Jul. 27, 2012 | Filed under: Extra | Tags: , , , , , ,

UBC medical researcher Babak Shadgan, Iran’s first accredited sports physician, is supporting the health and safety of athletes at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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Prof. Helen Tremlett led a new JAMA study on the impact of a common MS therapy. (Photo: Brian Smith)

Widely prescribed MS treatment may not slow progression of disease: Vancouver Coastal Health and UBC Research

Jul. 17, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Researchers with the UBC Hospital MS Clinic and Brain Research Centre at Vancouver Coastal Health and the University of British Columbia have published important data in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) about the impact of a common drug therapy on the progression of multiple sclerosis for people with the relapse-remitting form of the disease.

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Djavad Mowafaghian speaks at the groundbreaking for the brain health centre that will bear his name. Photo: Martin Dee

Federal and provincial ministers break ground for UBC-VCH brain health centre

Oct. 11, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Representatives of the federal and provincial governments today marked the start of construction of a new centre at the University of British Columbia that will unite brain research and patient care. The Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, expected to open in 2013 at UBC Hospital, will bring together experts in the fields of psychiatry, [...]

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UBC-Vancouver Coastal Health researcher discovers new type of spinal cord stem cell

Sep. 15, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

A group led by a University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health scientist has discovered a type of spinal cord cell that could function as a stem cell, with the ability to regenerate portions of the central nervous system in people with spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease).

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Newly identified gene mutation linked to Parkinson’s: UBC research

Jul. 14, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

A team of researchers at the University of British Columbia has identified a genetic mutation that causes late-onset Parkinson’s disease, paving the way to a new target for potential treatments that may halt or cure the debilitating neurodegenerative disease.

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Non-invasive wireless near-infrared device provides reliable diagnosis of bladder dysfunction: UBC-VCH-CFRI study

May. 30, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , ,

A cell phone-sized, wireless near-infrared device is as reliable as the current “gold standard” invasive tests in determining bladder disease, according to a study by researchers at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver Coastal Health and the Child & Family Research Institute (CFRI).

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Adverse drug events costly to health care system: Vancouver Coastal Health-UBC research

Feb. 25, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , ,

Patients who suffer an adverse medical event arising from the use or misuse of medications are more costly to the health care system than other emergency department (ED) patients, say physicians and research scientists at Vancouver General Hospital and the University of British Columbia. Their research, the first to examine the health outcomes and cost of patient care for patients presenting to the ED with adverse drug events, is published today in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

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Strength training for seniors provides sustained cognitive function and economic benefits: Vancouver Coastal Health / UBC research

Dec. 13, 2010 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

A one-year follow-up study on seniors who participated in a strength training exercise program shows sustained cognitive benefits as well as savings for the healthcare system. The research, conducted at the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility at Vancouver Coastal Health and the University of British Columbia, is published today in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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Anti-cholesterol drugs could help stave off seizures: UBC-Vancouver Coastal Health research

Oct. 25, 2010 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Statins, the family of drugs used to lower cholesterol, might also reduce the risk of epileptic seizures in people with cardiovascular disease, according to a new statistical study by a drug safety expert at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. The findings could provide the basis for randomized, controlled clinical trials to test the efficacy of the drugs as anti-epileptic medication.

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