McGill Research 2013 Year In Review on Flipboard

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Big bang swirls hint at universe's birth

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 …


Diabetes drug helps women, but may hurt men's hearts

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 …


Expectant dads may need folate, too

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 …


Men get more bang for health care bucks

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)

Mice raised without fathers are more aggressive

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

Shortcut lets brain make memories in a flash

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

Snack test links gene to childhood obesity

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 …

Waterborne parasite may soon be treatable

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

Low vitamin D raises risk of preterm birth for black moms

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

300,000 gamers unleashed on genetic science

For the past three years, 300,000 gamers have helped scientists with genomic research by playing Phylo, an online puzzle game.

Now Jérôme Waldispühl, …


Gene keeps wheat from sprouting on the stalk

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

Aggression in boys may start before birth

Chronic aggressive behavior exhibited by some boys from disadvantaged families may be due to epigenetic changes during pregnancy and early …


How birds got their wings

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 …


Heart attack: 1 in 5 young women have no chest pain

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

To fight pollution, China pays rice farmers to grow corn

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 …


Send DNA 'cages' filled with drugs to sick cells

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 …


Jet lag lets up faster without this protein

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

Flood of dopamine may fuel desire to drink

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 …


Tiny brain region senses motion ‘on the fly’

MCGILL (CAN) — In new research with implications for motion sickness, scientists have found key neurons that sense unexpected movement.

You’re walking …

The Brain

55 ways to make clinical drug trials more ethical

MCGILL (CAN) — A new set of recommendations could make preclinical studies of potential new drugs more effective, say researchers.

Currently, only 11 …


How to churn out a 'greener' margarine

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 …


Block nerve 'sprouts' to ease arthritis pain

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 …


Oceans need time to adapt to fast nitrogen cycle

MCGILL (CAN) — Scientists have completed the first global study of changes that occurred in a crucial component of ocean chemistry, the nitrogen …


New genes evolve to prevent inbred plants

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 …


How immune cells single out invaders

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

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 …


Astronomers shocked: Neutron star slows down

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

Permafrost microbe loves salty Arctic ‘veins’

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

Daily calcium linked to longer life in women

MCGILL (CAN) — Women who consume 1,000 mg of calcium a day—regardless if consumed in food or supplements—may live longer, new research …

Healthy Food