McGill Research 2014 Year In Review on Flipboard

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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 …

Top 10

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 …

Outbreaks

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Chemistry

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 …

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 …

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 …

DNA

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 …

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 …

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 …

Family

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 …