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Major MUHC study will determine if light-activated drug fulfills early promise in treatment of prostate cancer

Early trials of an experimental photosensitizer cancer drug called Tookad have yielded dramatic results, according to Dr. Mostafa Elhilali, Chief Surgeon at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and study principal investigator.

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Published on : 05 May 2006

Acfas at last

McGill gears up to host some 6,000 delegates of the Association pour le savoir (Acfas) conference -- the largest francophone conference in North America, and possibly the world. So how do you keep 6,000 people entertained for five days? Read on.

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Published on : 04 May 2006

McGill blazes epigenetic trail

Can we free ourselves -- and future generations -- from the predisposed genetic monsters lurking in our DNA? Moshe Szyf and Michael Meaney believe that through our actions we can alter the fabric of our genes.

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Published on : 04 May 2006

Seven new Canada Research Chairs

Coming from as far away as Germany and New Mexico, the latest CRCs top our number up to 122.

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Published on : 04 May 2006

McGill Headliners: Don't panic, top 40s and soldiering on

Michael Spevack strikes fear into our hearts; Karim Nader et al hit the Top 40 list; Desmond Morton takes on the PM.

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Published on : 04 May 2006

Sonenberg, welcome to the Academy

What do former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Chief Justice John Glover Roberts, Jr., have in common? They both have the honour of being elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences at the same time as McGill prof Nahum Sonenberg. Has success gone to Sonenberg's head? Nope. He's still the same guy, who just likes talking about cars and curing cancer.

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Published on : 04 May 2006

Resurrecting the oldest grain

OK, screw on your thinking caps, folks. What's at least 6,000 years old, can be popped like corn and is richer in protein than wheat, barley or rye? Need another hint? It was also mixed with animal blood to make religious figurines by 16th-century Latin Americans. Give up? I'm not telling.

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Published on : 04 May 2006

Starting off with a bang

It's being touted as "the biggest science project in history." Not one of the biggest, THE biggest. It involves 40 million collisions per second, the world's most powerful particle accelerator and the same laboratory that invented the World Wide Web. And you thought making volcanoes out of baking soda was cool...

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Published on : 04 May 2006

Not rocket science

It may be one of the coolest nicknames in recent times. World-renowned religious scholar Karen "The Runaway Nun" Armstrong waxes poetic, wise and sometimes funny on all things religious during the Beatty Lecture.

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Published on : 04 May 2006

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