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

<b>How did you get involved in this study?</b><br>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.<p>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

Threats don’t stop kids from lying<p>If you don’t want your children to tell lies, don’t threaten to punish them if they do.<p>Children are more likely to …

Punishing kids for lying just doesn’t work | Newsroom

<b>How the experiment was done</b><p>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 …

Viruses

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<p>An infant’s mother tongue creates neural patterns …

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, …

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 …

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? <i>Maybe</i>, 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'

Can’t tap to a tune? You might be ‘beat deaf’<p>Scientists have figured out why some people just can’t move to the beat.<p>Beat-deafness, though very rare, …

Tiny critters 'pee' enough to shift ocean chemistry

Tiny critters ‘pee’ enough to shift ocean chemistry<p>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

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

A team of researchers from McGill University and the Quebec government have discovered microplastics (in the form of polyethylene 'microbeads,' less …

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 …

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 …

Cardiovascular System