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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

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

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

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

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

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

La Presse, Le Devoir et al. - Le CUSM, "Ami des aînés"

Les hôpitaux sont des milieux hostiles pour les aînés, affirme le ministre de la Santé, Yves Bolduc. Pour améliorer la situation et éviter que les personnes âgées ne ressortent "encore plus malades" d'un séjour à l'hôpital, le gouvernement a investi 300 000$, hier, au Centre universitaire de santé McGill (CUSM), qui veut devenir le premier hôpital "ami des aînés" au Québec.

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Published on : 21 Jun 2011

Psychology Today - Consciousness and the brain: Do we use only 10% of our brain?

It is quite remarkable that a handful of ideas from the field of neuroscience spread like wildfire through the popular media, thereby becoming part of our culture and worldview, while other ideas remain neglected, known only to a small group of experts.

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Published on : 21 Jun 2011

Montreal Gazette, et al. - Stroke treatment is taking too long, study finds

Stroke victims arriving at Canadian hospitals aren't being treated quickly enough, creating "unacceptable" delays that are increasing the risk of irreversible and devastating brain damage, according to a major new study.

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Published on : 17 Jun 2011