Health and medicine

According to a new study led by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI MUHC), older women who have been diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat are at higher risk of stroke than men.

Published on: 9 May 2012

A team of University of Ottawa researchers has solved the mystery of how our bodies adapt to low-oxygen environments, raising the prospect that life-threatening conditions such as cancer, stroke and heart disease could someday be successfully treated using a simple, antibiotic-like drug.

Published on: 6 May 2012

Psychological and neuroscience research have chipped away at the credence we give to witness accounts, and shown how memories can be unwittingly manipulated. And yet eyewitness identification remains a very important piece of evidence in many criminal cases.

Published on: 5 May 2012

Current research ethics focuses on protecting study participants, but according to bioethicists from McGill University and Carnegie Mellon University, these efforts fail to prevent harms that undermine the social value of research.

Published on: 3 May 2012

(Op-ed by Mark J. Yaffe, professor of family medicine at McGill University and St. Mary's Hospital Centre): Elder abuse is an important, frequently missed and under-reported cause of morbidity and mortality in older adults.

Published on: 2 May 2012

Family doctors are at the heart of efficient, sustainable health care systems and are a priority for McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine. To continue bolstering its educational, research and clinical strengths in this critical specialty, McGill has announced the appointment of Dr. Howard Bergman to the position of Chair of the Department of Family Medicine.

Published on: 1 May 2012

Caring for family members who are severely ill, debilitated, or dying can be an all-encompassing task. All too often people sacrifice their own health and needs in favour of helping their partner of family member. But burnout can be a severe problem, and often overlaps with "compassion fatigue."

Published on: 30 Apr 2012

In a paper published this week in The Journal of Neuroscience, researchers from McGill University have demonstrated for the first time that there are specific neurons that respond selectively to first and second order sensory attributes.

Published on: 24 Apr 2012

A new McGill University study evaluating off-label prescribing of medications by primary care physicians in Quebec suggests the practice is common, although it varies by medication, patient and physician characteristics. The paper was published online today in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Published on: 16 Apr 2012

Scientists at McGill University have crossed a critical threshold in developing a blood test that could one day detect breast cancer at very early stages and might even render mammography screening obsolete.

Published on: 10 Apr 2012