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CBC - Montreal officials highlight heat wave dangers

Health officials from the City of Montreal are asking residents to exercise caution in the sun as temperatures rise. Last summer, dozens of deaths were suspected to be linked to heat waves in the city. The city's average daily death rate doubled on July 8th, 2010, during the peak of a heat wave.

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Published on : 12 Jul 2011

Journal Haute Côte-Nord Est - Anny Fortin recoit une bourse de 100 000 $

Anny Fortin, chercheuse à la Faculté de médecine de McGill et native de Baie-Comeau, s'est vu décernée une subvention de 100 000 $ par Grands Défis Canada afin qu'elle puisse poursuivre son projet de recherche visant à traiter une maladie de la peau qui touche des millions de personnes sur la planète.

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Published on : 12 Jul 2011

Montreal Gazette - One household, two winners

The first step toward becoming one of Grand Challenges Canada's Rising Stars in Global Health was learning to be succinct.

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Published on : 08 Jul 2011

Maclean's - Power of the placebo

In Western medicine, placebos have long been the bridesmaids, never the bride. That’s not surprising: they’re sham pills or simulated medical interventions, seen as handmaidens for use in clinical trials rather than the real thing.

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Published on : 07 Jul 2011

Good - Shilling the male pill: How to sell men birth control

There's a joke in the medical community that no matter what year it is, an alternative male birth control method is always ten years away. And it’s true—doctors have been promising an option beyond condoms and vasectomies since the 1960s.

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Published on : 05 Jul 2011

Press release - Rémi Quirion est nommé scientifique en chef du Québec et sera à la tête des fonds de recherche du Québec

Le ministre du Développement économique, de l'Innovation et de l'Exportation, Clément Gignac, est fier de la nomination d'un chercheur de renommée internationale, Rémi Quirion, à titre de tout premier scientifique en chef du Québec et de président des conseils d'administration des Fonds de recherche du Québec.

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Published on : 04 Jul 2011

Globe and Mail - 'Extraordinary leader' had a huge impact on the Montreal Neurological Institute

In 1934, on the campus of McGill University, neurosurgeon Wilder Penfield founded the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital and significantly advanced the state of neuroscience in Canada.

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Published on : 02 Jul 2011

Scientific American - New report details uphill battle to solve the US's pain problem

The Institute of Medicine reveals a "blueprint" for relieving Americans' pervasive chronic pain… The U.S. needs "a cultural transformation" in the way we view pain, treat it and conduct research on its causes and treatments, says a new report released June 29 by the Institute of Medicine (IOM).

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Published on : 01 Jul 2011

Toronto Star - $2 million in grants awarded to researchers hoping to save lives

Toronto researcher Diego Bassaniand his South African colleagues have spent the past six years developing and testing a fetal heart monitor that operates without electricity.

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Published on : 01 Jul 2011

Neuroscientists find famous optical illusion surprisingly potent

Scientists have come up with new insight into the brain processes that causes a certain optical illusion.

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Published on : 29 Jun 2011

New Scientist - Unzipped chromosomes pass on parental stress

Mutant fruit flies have helped solve one of the biggest puzzles in genetics: how the stress of starvation or drug addiction can pass on its ill effects to the sufferer's children and grandchildren.

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Published on : 27 Jun 2011

Scientific American, Time et al. - City living changes brain's stress response

In an international study, researchers at University of Heidelberg and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute at McGill University report in the journal Nature that people who live or were raised in cities show distinct differences in activity in certain brain regions than those who aren't city dwellers…

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Published on : 22 Jun 2011

Montreal Gazette, National Post - Pfizer awards McGill researchers neuropathic pain research awards

Montreal-based Pfizer Canada Wednesday named two McGill University researchers among the 2010 recipients of its Neuropathic Pain Research Awards that recognize new approaches and advances in prevention and treatment.

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Published on : 22 Jun 2011