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Québec Science’s top 10 discoveries of 2014 | Newsroom

Three McGill-affiliated researchers earn spots in Québec Science’s top 10 discoveries of 2014

The Québec Science jury has spoken: three of the 10 …

Scientific Research

Tracking down the origins of the Ebola outbreak | Newsroom

In April, shortly after the World Health Organization announced that the Zaire Ebolavirus was responsible for a number of deaths in southern Guinea, …


Controlling obesity with potato extract | Newsroom

Extract of Irish potatoes, rich in polyphenols, reduces weight gain to a surprising extent

Take a look in your pantry: the miracle ingredient for …


Tramadol and risk of hospitalization for hypoglycemia | Newsroom

The opioid pain-reliever tramadol appears to be associated with an increased risk of hospitalization for hypoglycemia

The opioid pain-reliever …

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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 …


Punishing kids for lying just doesn’t work | Newsroom

Children more likely to tell the truth either to please an adult or because they believe it is the right thing to do

If you want your child to tell …

Obesity may shorten life expectancy up to 8 years | Newsroom

Canadian researchers put numbers on health risk

‘Tis the season to indulge. However, restraint may be best according to a new study led by …

Possible link between air pollution and breast cancer | Newsroom

A new study of over 3,400 Canadian women provides further evidence that exposure to air-pollution may increase the risk of developing breast cancer, …

HPV vaccine: teen sexual behaviour not affected | Newsroom

Sexual behaviour of teenage girls does not appear to have been affected by routine human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination, according to a large …

Parasites and the evolution of primate culture | Newsroom

Study examines ‘costs’ of innovation, learning from others

Learning from others and innovation have undoubtedly helped advance civilization. But these …

Fragile X study offers hope of new autism treatment | Newsroom

Drug reverses behavioural symptoms in mice with a version of autism

People affected by a common inherited form of autism could be helped by a drug …

Social media data pose pitfalls for studying behaviour | Newsroom

Researchers urged to hone methods for mining social-media data

A growing number of academic researchers are mining social media data to learn about …


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

McGill study helps identify those most at risk for oral human papillomavirus (HPV)

Oral human papillomavirus (HPV) infections were more common among …

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

Why beat deaf individuals are unable to keep a beat or tap along with music

Bobbing your head, tapping your heel, or clapping along with the music is …

Caroline Palmer on Beat Deafness (McGill University)

Total recall: the science behind it | Newsroom

Study identifies new player in brain function and memory

Is it possible to change the amount of information the brain can store? Maybe, according to a …

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 …

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Tiny critters ‘pee’ enough to shift ocean chemistry

Tiny animals such as zooplankton make the world’s biggest migration—from feeding at the open ocean’s surface at night to hiding in sunless depths …


Light shed on genetic architecture of kidney cancer | Newsroom

Research reveals link between renal cell carcinoma and exposure to aristolochic acid

A new study on a large cohort of kidney cancer patients in Europe …

Life Sciences

Watching the hidden life of materials | Newsroom

Ultrafast electron diffraction experiments open a new window on the microscopic world

Researchers at McGill University have succeeded in …


Autism spectrum disorders share common molecular causes | Newsroom

Overlapping features across different genetic disorders related to autism may lead to similar therapeutic approaches

Neurodevelopmental disorders such …

Life Sciences

DNA signature found in ice storm babies | Newsroom

Prenatal maternal stress exposure to natural disasters predicts epigenetic profile of offspring

The number of days an expectant mother was deprived of …

Microplastic pollution discovered in St. Lawrence River | Newsroom

Previously undocumented in North American rivers, concentrations of microplastic particles in the St. Lawrence found to be as high as in the world’s …

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Depression drugs linked to failure of dental implants | Newsroom

A team from McGill University has discovered that people who take the most common antidepressants (such as Celexa, Paxil, Lexapro, Prozac, and …

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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 …

Natural Resources

Family dinners reduce effects of cyberbullying | Newsroom

McGill study suggests frequent family time protects mental health among adolescent victims of online bullying

Sharing regular family meals with …

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Black carbon linked to risk of cardiovascular disease | Newsroom

Pollutants in wood smoke and traffic have major effects on women’s cardiovascular health and climate

Black carbon pollutants from wood smoke are known …

Black Carbon