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An Anxious History of Valium

What a drag it is getting old—or is it? Valium's heyday is long past, but it lives on as a cultural icon

"Mother needs something today to calm her down," goes the 1966 Rolling Stones hit "Mother's Little Helper." "And though she's not really ill, there's a little yellow pill."

Published: 19Nov2013

Save the date: Research Seminar, Dr. Carmen Sapienza

Montreal Children's Hospital Room C-417, 2300 Tupper Street, Montreal, QC, H3H 1P3, CA

MUHC-Montreal Children's Hospital Research Institute

Research Seminar

The Epigenome as Molecular Fossil Record of Environmental Exposures

Dr. Carmen Sapienza

Prostate cancer: Québec injects $3.7 million into research

The Government of Québec awarded nearly $1.8 million to researchers at l'Université Laval for a study related to prostate cancer that will focus on the links between the environment and this form of cancer. Overall, $3.7 million will be invested into this work, taking into account other funding received. The research project is being led by Dr. Yves Fradet from Université Laval and the CHU de Québec and by Dr. Armen Aprikian from McGill University.


Published: 6Nov2013

App helps kids (and parents) get ready for surgery

Andrew Feng is a bright 6-year-old boy who loves to play the online strategy game Clash of the Clans and go trick-or-treating on Halloween. This Halloween, however, he will be undergoing surgery to remove a benign growth from one of his ribs.

Naturally, Andrew’s parents are a little anxious. This will be their son’s first operation and he might have to stay overnight at the Montreal Children’s Hospital.

“For sure, we’re nervous,” said Andrew’s mother, Weilu Yu. “It’s the whole unknown of the surgery.”

Published: 31Oct2013

Scientists examine the causes and treatment of addictive behaviour

Addiction comes in many forms: drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, and gambling have been the types that traditionally plagued society.

In recent years, the proliferation of technology has led to the rise of addiction to the internet and computer gaming. Even the promotion of a healthy lifestyle has led some to become hooked on exercise.

But do all addictions operate by the same biological mechanism? And is addiction an individual's choice or a disease of the brain?

Published: 31Oct2013

Moms With Lupus More Likely to Have Children With Autism, Study Suggests

Women with lupus are twice as likely to have a child with autism compared to mothers without the autoimmune disease, new, preliminary research finds.

However, the overall risk is still low and the findings won't change the management of women with lupus, said one expert.

"I wouldn't tell my lupus patients not to get pregnant," Dr. Yousaf Ali, acting chief of rheumatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

Published: 31Oct2013

International Conference on Multilingualism

Faculty Club, Thomson House and Bronfman Building McTavish and Sherbrooke streets, CA

IRCM scientists find a novel research model for the study of auto-immune diseases

Javier M. Di Noia

Montréal researchers are the first to isolate two important mechanisms that produce antibodies

Published: 24Jul2013