McGill Research 2014 Year In Review

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Québec Science’s top 10 discoveries of 2014 | Newsroom

The Québec Science jury has spoken: three of the 10 Discoveries of the Year selected by the magazine were led by McGill-affiliated researchers. The …

Tracking down the origins of the Ebola outbreak | Newsroom

How did you get involved in this study?
As part of my doctoral research, I was already working with Dr. Leendertz, head of the “Epidemiology of Highly …

Controlling obesity with potato extract | Newsroom

The results of their recent study were so surprising that the investigators repeated the experiment just to be sure.

Investigators fed mice an …

Tramadol and risk of hospitalization for hypoglycemia | Newsroom

Tramadol hydrochloride is a weak opioid whose use has increased steadily worldwide. However, concerns have been raised about the drug and an …

Threats don’t stop kids from lying

If you don’t want your children to tell lies, don’t threaten to punish them if they do.Children are more likely to tell the truth because they want …

Kids

Punishing kids for lying just doesn’t work | Newsroom

How the experiment was done

The researchers, led by Prof. Victoria Talwar of McGill’s Dept. of Educational and Counselling Psychology, left each child …

Obesity may shorten life expectancy up to 8 years | Newsroom

‘Tis the season to indulge. However, restraint may be best according to a new study led by investigators at the Research Institute of the McGill …

Possible link between air pollution and breast cancer | Newsroom

Following a previous study in Montreal published in 2010, these researchers investigated air pollution in eight Canadian provinces, from 1975 to …

HPV vaccine: teen sexual behaviour not affected | Newsroom

"These findings suggest that fears of increased risky sexual behaviour following HPV vaccination are unwarranted and should not be a barrier to …

Parasites and the evolution of primate culture | Newsroom

The results, published Dec. 3, 2014, in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, suggest that species with members that learn from others …

Fragile X study offers hope of new autism treatment | Newsroom

Fragile X Syndrome is the most common genetic cause of autism spectrum disorders. It affects around 1 in 4,000 boys and 1 in 6,000 girls. Currently, …

Autism

Social media data pose pitfalls for studying behaviour | Newsroom

But mounting evidence of flaws in many of these studies points to a need for researchers to be wary of serious pitfalls that arise when working with …

Social Media

FINDING "LOST" LANGUAGES IN THE BRAIN | Channels - Contribute

Study has far-reaching implications for unconscious role of infant experiences on adult development

An infant’s mother tongue creates neural patterns …

The Brain

Oral cancer-causing HPV transmission | Newsroom

“HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the world, and is a risk factor for several cancers, including cervical, vaginal, vulvar, …

HPV

So, you think you can clap to the beat? | Newsroom

Researchers at McGill University and the University of Montreal, have discovered that beat-deafness, though very rare, is a problem not simply of how …

Life Sciences

Caroline Palmer on Beat Deafness

Total recall: the science behind it | Newsroom

Is it possible to change the amount of information the brain can store? Maybe, according to a new international study led by the Research Institute of …

Life Sciences

Can’t tap to a tune? You might be ‘beat deaf’

Scientists have figured out why some people just can’t move to the beat.Beat-deafness, though very rare, is a problem not simply of how people feel a …

University of Chicago

Tiny critters 'pee' enough to shift ocean chemistry

Tiny critters ‘pee’ enough to shift ocean chemistry

Tiny animals such as zooplankton make the world’s biggest migration—from feeding at the open …

Light shed on genetic architecture of kidney cancer | Newsroom

The research, by an international team led by scientists from the McGill University and Genome Quebec Innovation Centre in Montreal, underscores the …

Watching the hidden life of materials | Newsroom

The results, reported Oct. 24 in Science, mark the first time that experiments have been able to distinguish changes in a material’s atomic-lattice …

Autism spectrum disorders share common molecular causes | Newsroom

Neurodevelopmental disorders such as intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorders can have profound, lifelong effects on learning and …

DNA signature found in ice storm babies | Newsroom

Scientists from the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and McGill University have detected a distinctive ‘signature’ in the DNA of children …

Microplastic pollution discovered in St. Lawrence River | Newsroom

The microbeads likely originate from cosmetics, household cleansers, or industrial cleansers – all products in which they are commonly used as …

Depression drugs linked to failure of dental implants | Newsroom

“Because antidepressants, which are widely used around the world, are reported to increase the risk of bone fracture and reduce bone formation, we …

Reducing water scarcity possible by 2050 | Newsroom

Irrigation techniques, industrial and residential habits combined with climate change lie at the root of the problem. But despite what appears to be …

Geography

Family dinners reduce effects of cyberbullying | Newsroom

Sharing regular family meals with children may help protect them from the effects of cyberbullying, according to a study by McGill professor Frank …

Black carbon linked to risk of cardiovascular disease | Newsroom

Black carbon pollutants from wood smoke are known to trap heat near the earth’s surface and warm the climate. A new study led by McGill Professor …