People who inject drugs are at a high risk for a number of health issues. In a new study from ICES, Lawson Health Research Institute and Western University, researchers discovered a significant rise in the risk of infective endocarditis, a serious heart infection, among Ontarians who inject drugs. When examining opioid prescriptions in the province, the research team discovered the increased risk of infective endocarditis may be related to the growing use of a specific opioid, hydromorphone.
Health researchers from across London were awarded more than $10 million from Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), with $2.8 million through Lawson Health Research Institute and $7.3 million through Schulich Medicine & Dentistry. A total of 15 projects were funded.
Dr. Elizabeth Finger is collaborating with Lawson Imaging scientists to study the potential role of inflammation in the brains of patients with neurodegenerative dementia.
The immune system is one of our greatest defenses against disease and injury. But what happens when it betrays us?
With conditions like rheumatoid arthritis the immune system is manipulated to attack the human body. Inflammation, normally a protective immune response, can be employed to cause symptoms like pain.
Surprisingly, research suggests our immune system may be similarly affected in patients with neurodegenerative dementias.