Chronic wounds represent a significant burden in Canada. Between four and 30 per cent of patients develop a chronic wound, depending on the health care setting. Over 85 per cent of all Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) survivors will experience health complications related to pressure ulcers, injuries to the skin and underlying tissue resulting from prolonged pressure. These types of wounds can significantly reduce participation in meaningful activities and overall quality of life.
There are trillions of microorganisms inhabiting your body. The majority of these are positive and essential to your health. They include those microorganisms found in the female reproductive system – a highly diverse environment that is crucial to human survival.
Understanding the microorganisms that inhabit the vagina, also known as the vaginal microbiome, is extremely important for women, their offspring and sexual partners. Dr. Gregor Reid recognizes this importance through his research into lactobacilli, the dominant organisms present in the healthy vagina of most women.
A team of scientists from across the globe have shown that the brains of patients with schizophrenia have the capacity to reorganize and fight the illness. This is the first time that imaging data has been used to show that our brains may have the ability to reverse the effects of schizophrenia.
Schizophrenia is an illness generally associated with a widespread reduction in brain tissue volume. However, a recent study found that a subtle increase in tissue also occurs in certain brain regions.