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When panic sets in

As part of National Mental Health Week, Michael Spevack, clinical psychologist at McGill, talks with the Gazette about panic attacks, the most commonly diagnosed psychiatric disorder in North America, often a precursor to agoraphobia.

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Published on : 01 May 2006

Vitamin D needs in pregnancy

Women who restrict their intake of milk during pregnancy may deliver smaller babies, primarily because they are not getting the vitamin D contained in the drink, a McGill study suggests. Kristine Koski, lead of the study and director of the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, says this is important, as increasing numbers of women avoid milk while pregnant for a number of reasons, including believing this will lead them to less weight gain and fewer allergies.

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Published on : 25 Apr 2006

Montreal institutes unite to fight a leading cause of infant mortality

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) have announced the awarding of $2.5 million for a multidisciplinary new research project that will investigate heart problems in children.

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Published on : 24 Apr 2006

FRSQ and its partners invest over $1.2 million in Quebec consortium for research on C. difficile

Dr. Vivian Loo - Chief of Microbiology and Infection Control at the MUHC - leads new study to develop an in-depth understanding of C. difficile.

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Published on : 24 Apr 2006

Where there's smoke, there's craving

Researchers at McGill and the Montreal Neurological Institute have found that external cues such as watching someone else smoke have an effect on the brains of "expectant" smokers. The study was led by Dr. Alain Dagher, a neurologist who specializes in functional brain imaging.

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Published on : 21 Apr 2006

Concerns about fertility drug unfounded

Concerns about the use of letrozole, an easy-to-use and inexpensive drug for the treatment of infertility, appear to be unfounded, according to a major study by Togas Tulandi, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at McGill.

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Published on : 20 Apr 2006

Found in 20% of people of African descent: MUHC describes gene that shuts down immune system

Caspase-12 is a molecule with a death wish. Found only in people of African descent, this protein shuts down our body's immune system, opening the door to potentially lethal infections.

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Published on : 19 Apr 2006

MUHC researcher links self-defeating gene to lethal infections

Caspase-12 is a molecule with a death wish. Found only in people of African descent, this protein shuts down our body's immune system, opening the door to potentially lethal infections.

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Published on : 19 Apr 2006

Science and socializing

Think all science types are too immersed in their books to enjoy a little socializing? Guess again. The third annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Research Symposium drew friendly brainiacs from both sides of the border.

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Published on : 13 Apr 2006

Flu beyond the coop

It seems like just yesterday that the threat of an avian flu pandemic had people the world over running around like a chicken with its head... well, you know the rest. So have we dodged the bullet or are we still in the crosshairs? McGill experts weigh in.

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Published on : 13 Apr 2006

Suds study

A new study finds that beer drinkers are more at risk of developing lung cancer than their non-beer-drinking peers, while wine consumption has an opposite effect. The study was led by Andrea Benedetti, from the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill.

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Published on : 05 Apr 2006

Orchestrating emotion

Five Boston Symphony Orchestra musicians and about 50 audience members will be part of a novel scientific experiment measuring music's emotional effect. The experiment will be "conducted" by McGill's Daniel Levitin and Stephen McAdams.

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Published on : 05 Apr 2006

Spring into funding

McGill researchers land a whopping $3.5 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation. The wide range of disciplines, from microbiology to library studies, reflects the breadth of McGill research.

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Published on : 30 Mar 2006