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Double agent: glial cells can protect or kill neurons, vision

Scientists have identified a double agent in the eye that, once triggered, can morph from neuron protector to neuron killer. The discovery has significant health implications since the neurons killed through this process results in vision loss and blindness.

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Published on : 01 Feb 2010

Research breakthrough could lead to new treatment for malaria

Malaria causes more than two million deaths each year, but an expert multinational team battling the global spread of drug-resistant parasites has made a breakthrough in the search for better treatment.

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Published on : 28 Jan 2010

Walkerton Tragedy: 10 years of research leads to breakthrough

Studies of the victims of the Walkerton, Ont. tainted drinking water tragedy have led researchers to discover DNA variations in genes that increase the risk of developing post-infectious irritable bowel syndrome (PI-IBS). The sheer scale of infection and the recording of the health of Walkerton’s citizens gave a team of researchers a unique opportunity to study the origin of this disorder.

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Published on : 27 Jan 2010

70% of Inuit preschoolers live in food-insecure homes: McGill researchers

Seventy per cent of Inuit preschoolers in Nunavut, Canada’s largest territory, live in households where there isn’t enough food, a situation with implications for children’s academic and psychosocial development, found McGill University Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair Grace Egeland of the Centre for Indigenous Peoples' Nutrition and Environment and collaborators.

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Published on : 25 Jan 2010

Retail meat linked to urinary tract infections: strong new evidence

McGill researcher discovers strong evidence of link between eating contaminated chicken and the E. coli that cause urinary tract infection

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Published on : 20 Jan 2010

McGill-CHUM study: 56 per cent of young adults in a new sexual relationship infected with HPV

A groundbreaking study of couples, led by Professor Eduardo Franco found more than half (56 per cent) of young adults in a new sexual relationship were infected with human papillomavirus (HPV).

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Published on : 14 Jan 2010

Parents encouraged to avoid purchasing lottery tickets as gifts for minors

In the flurry of activity before the holidays, some well-meaning family members consider buying lottery tickets and scratch cards as affordable, colourful, and potentially promising gift options for the children and teens on their list.

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Published on : 15 Dec 2009

Ancient pygmy sea cow discovered

McGill researcher finds near-complete skull illuminating a virtually unknown period in Madagascar fossil history

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Published on : 14 Dec 2009

New research suggests climate change solution must focus on technology

McGill's Isabel Galiana and Christopher Green argue that fostering a technology revolution, not setting emissions targets, is the key to stabilizing the climate

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Published on : 02 Dec 2009

Introducing: BoarCroc, RatCroc, DogCroc, DuckCroc and PancakeCroc

Five ancient crocs, one with teeth like boar tusks and another with a snout like a duck's bill, have been discovered in the Sahara by National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Paul Sereno and McGill Professor Hans Larsson.

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Published on : 19 Nov 2009

Raising the Global Floor: Where does Canada rank when it comes to working?

La première étude mondiale la plus étoffée sur le soutien en milieu de travail au cœur d'un nouveau livre de Jody Heymann

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Published on : 17 Nov 2009

McGill researchers identify key genetic factors which can lead to cancer

Newly understood relationship between genes could lead to more successful "personalized" treatments

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Published on : 03 Nov 2009

Learning to talk changes the way we hear speech: McGill study

Research shows growing mastery of oral fluency is matched by increased ability to distinguish different speech sounds

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Published on : 03 Nov 2009