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Expert: flossing

"The world woke to the smell of burning floss last week, as thunderous applause met news reports that there was, after all, no evidence for dentists recommending flossing.

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Published on : 10 Aug 2016

Middle-age memory decline a matter of changing focus

McGill Newsroom Research sheds new light on what constitutes healthy aging of the brain The inability to remember details, such as the location of objects, begins in early midlife (the 40s) and may be the result of a change in what information the brain focuses on during memory formation and retrieval, rather than a decline in brain function, according to a study by McGill University researchers.

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Published on : 12 Jul 2016

“Big Data” study discovers earliest sign of Alzheimer’s

McGill Newsroom Research underlines importance of computational power in future neurological breakthrough Scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital have used a powerful tool to better understand the progression of late-onset Alzheimer’s disease (LOAD), identifying its first physiological signs.

Published on : 11 Jul 2016

McGill expert: Brain injuries, concussions

 June is National Brain Injury Awareness Month. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the leading cause of death and disability in children and adults from ages 1 to 44. Brain injuries are most often caused by motor vehicle crashes, sports injuries, or simple falls on the playground, at work or in the home.

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Published on : 10 Jun 2016

Scientists create a new way to categorize music

A team of scientists from McGill University, the University of Cambridge, and Stanford Graduate School of Business developed a new method of coding and categorizing music. They found that people’s preference for these musical categories is driven by personality. The researchers say the findings have important implications for industry and health professionals.

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Published on : 10 May 2016

Expert: Health Care Accessory Fees (Quebec)

The Quebec government has the intention to prohibit all accessory fees in health care. (La Presse)

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Published on : 02 May 2016

Less body fat for toddlers taking vitamin D

  Supplement given during first year of life critical for muscle-mass development A healthy intake of vitamin D in the first year of life appears to set children up to have more muscle mass and less body fat as toddlers, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatric Obesity. The findings emerged from research initially aimed at confirming the importance of vitamin D for bone density. The additional benefit in terms of body composition came as a surprise for the research team.

Published on : 02 May 2016

Less body fat for toddlers taking vitamin D

By Fergus Grieve, McGill Newsroom Supplement given during first year of life critical for muscle-mass development A healthy intake of vitamin D in the first year of life appears to set children up to have more muscle mass and less body fat as toddlers, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatric Obesity.

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Published on : 02 May 2016

Analyzing the psyche of risky drivers

By Fergus Grieve, McGill Newsroom Study of repeat drunk drivers, speeding offenders finds distinct behavioural profiles Road crashes are the world’s leading cause of preventable death and injury in people under 35, accounting for around 5 million casualties every year. Repeat offenders make a disproportionate contribution to these statistics – and are known for their poor response to education and prevention efforts.

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Published on : 28 Apr 2016

Alzheimer’s disease : It takes two (proteins) to tango

For years, neuroscientists have puzzled over how two abnormal proteins, called amyloid and tau, accumulate in the brain and damage it to cause Alzheimer's disease (AD). Which one is the driving force behind dementia? The answer: both of them, according to a new study by researchers at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute.

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Published on : 20 Apr 2016

Expert: Impeachment of Brazilian President

Brazilian legislators voted on Sunday night to approve impeachment of Dilma Rousseff, the nation’s first female president. (The New York Times)

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Published on : 18 Apr 2016

Expert: Earthquakes in Ecuador and Japan

Earthquakes struck Japan and Ecuador just hours apart on Saturday April 16, 2016. Were the two earthquakes related?

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Published on : 18 Apr 2016

Canada: Children at back of the pack among rich nations

A new report released today by UNICEF highlights the inequalities in child well-being in the world’s most affluent nations, including Canada. While progress in reducing child well-being gaps has been modest overall, Canada’s children are at the back of the pack, ranking in the bottom third when measured against other rich nations. (UNICEF)

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Published on : 18 Apr 2016

Expert: Pope Francis on Divorce

"In a broad proclamation on family life, Pope Francis on Friday called for the Roman Catholic Church to be more welcoming and less judgmental, and he seemingly signaled a pastoral path for divorced and remarried Catholics to receive holy communion.'" (The New York Times)

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Published on : 12 Apr 2016