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Ottawa Citizen, Vancouver Sun - Medical marijuana shows promise for pain, but scientists and doctors are divided on medicinal benefits of smoking the drug
Cheryl Campbell says she owes her ability to get through each day to a drug that critics condemn, especially when it's smoked - which is how most of the thou-sands of Canadians who self-medicate with pot prefer to take it.
(Op-ed by Margaret Somerville, founding director of the Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law at McGill University): Responding to the Royal Society of Canada's Expert Panel Report on End-of-Life Decision Making, which recommended the legalization of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, a Gazette editorial called for "a national debate on life-and-death issues"
A rare genetic variant which causes reduced levels of vitamin D appears to be directly linked to multiple sclerosis, says an Oxford University study.
Connectivity is a hot topic in neuroscience these days. Instead of trying to figure out what individual brain regions do, researchers are focusing more on how regions work together as a network to enable memory, language, and decision-making. Now, a study of more than 100 children finds that interconnected brain regions develop in concert through childhood and adolescence.
Users of game designed by McGill researchers contributing to analysis of DNA sequences Thousands of video game players have helped advance our understanding of the genetic basis of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, over the past year. They are the users of a web-based video game developed by Dr. Jérôme Waldispuhl of McGill's School of Computer Science and collaborator Mathieu Blanchette.
More than 200 students from 26 high schools and CEGEPS across Montreal got a taste of what it’s really like to be a scientist at TD Discovery Day in Health Sciences on Tuesday, December 6, 2011.
On Dec. 2, McGill University and Immunology Montreal are inviting interested researchers, media representatives and members of the public to attend its 6th annual symposium where international experts will share the latest findings on this timely topic.
New research out of McGill University’s Goodman Cancer Research Centre provides compelling new evidence that a gene known as 14-3-3σ plays a critical role in halting breast cancer initiation and progression. The study, led by the Dept. of Biochemistry’s William J. Muller, will be published online today in the journal Cancer Discovery.
La maladie d'Alzheimer, souvent associée à la vieillesse, frappe parfois très tôt. Dès la trentaine. La sévérité des symptômes progresse alors à une vitesse fulgurante, causant une immense souffrance et un casse-tête d'organisation. Les aidants crient à l'aide, parfois en vain.
Twenty-five years have passed since the world was rocked by the nuclear accident at Chernobyl in Ukraine. Given that cancers attributable to the release of radioactive materials have a long latency period, the human toll, aside from the 30 or so immediate deaths among reactor staff and emergency workers, can only be estimated.