McGill Research 2013 Year In Review on Flipboard
By McGill University | Prepared by the Media Relations Office
Big bang swirls hint at universe’s birth
A subtle distortion in the oldest light in the universe may help reveal secrets about the earliest moments in …Universe
Diabetes drug helps women, but may hurt men’s hearts
A commonly prescribed diabetes drug has positive effects on heart function in women, but can …Diabetes
A father’s folate levels before conception may be as important as the mother’s for the health of the offspring, according to a new study with …Nutrition
A first-ever study of health spending efficiency in 27 industrialized nations shows a significant gender gap, with stronger gains in life expectancy …Health Care (Canada)
Children raised without a father are at greater risk of deviant behavior later—and girls in particular may be more likely to abuse drugs and …The Brain
Nerve cells have a special “pre-assembly” technique that enables the brain to quickly form memories.
The technique speeds up protein production at …The Brain
Research has suggested that a particular gene in the brain’s reward system contributes to overeating and obesity in adults. The new study links this …
By blocking a protective enzyme in the microscopic parasite C. parvum, scientists have made it vulnerable to its host’s immune system.
In the …Immune System
African-American and Puerto Rican women who have low levels of vitamin D during pregnancy are more likely to go into labor early and give birth to …Preterm Birth
For the past three years, 300,000 gamers have helped scientists with genomic research by playing Phylo, an online puzzle game.
Now Jérôme Waldispühl, …Puzzles
A new way to keep high humidity from damaging wheat crops could save farmers millions of dollars and even lead to better beer, say researchers.
The …Life Sciences
Chronic aggressive behavior exhibited by some boys from disadvantaged families may be due to epigenetic changes during pregnancy and early …Pregnancy
Birds split from dinosaurs when their front limbs got longer and their back limbs got shorter, according to new research.
This change may have been …Dinosaurs
Chest pain is readily recognized as a symptom of heart trouble, but not all women under the age of 55 experience this pain during a heart attack.
The …Chest Pain
Rice farming near Beijing has contaminated and tapped the city’s drinking water, but a program that pays farmers to grow corn is reducing both use …Asia
Send DNA ‘cages’ filled with drugs to sick cells
Tiny structures made of DNA strands may one day offer a way to deliver drugs to diseased cells in …DNA
MCGILL (CAN) — Removing a key protein that regulates the circadian clock could help treat a range of sleep disorders, according to new research with …The Brain
MCGILL (CAN) — A pathway in our brains that makes us crave reward goes into high gear when some people take a drink.
Compared to people at low risk …Dopamine
MCGILL (CAN) — In new research with implications for motion sickness, scientists have found key neurons that sense unexpected movement.
You’re walking …The Brain
MCGILL (CAN) — A new set of recommendations could make preclinical studies of potential new drugs more effective, say researchers.
Currently, only 11 …Medicine
How to churn out a ‘greener’ margarine
MCGILL (CAN) — A new technique replaces heavy metals with iron as a catalyst for hydrogenation, a process used …Margarine
Block nerve ‘sprouts’ to ease arthritis pain
MCGILL (CAN) — The nervous system may play more of a role in arthritis than previously thought, a finding …Arthritis
MCGILL (CAN) — Scientists have completed the first global study of changes that occurred in a crucial component of ocean chemistry, the nitrogen …Oceans
MCGILL (CAN) — Even though a group of plants lost the complex genes for self-pollen recognition, a few other genes have picked up the slack to …Biology
MCGILL (CAN) — Scientists are trying to understand how immune cells manage to sort through vast numbers of similar-looking proteins within the body …McGill University
Mom’s education predicts adult kids’ depression
MCGILL (CAN) — Children of women who didn’t finish high school are twice as likely to experience a …Kids
McGILL U. (CAN) — Neutron stars are known suddenly to begin rotating faster, but researchers say they’ve observed a sudden slowdown in one special …Neutron Stars
MCGILL (CAN) — Scientists have discovered a bacterium in the Canadian High Arctic that thrives at -15º Celsius—temperatures nearly as cold as the …The Arctic