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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: 19 Nov 2013

Every breath you take

If a man and a woman of similar age walk up a steep hill side-by-side, the woman will most likely run out of breath faster than her companion. This is true whether they are healthy young or older adults, or if both suffer from a chronic lung disease. That’s because the smaller size of a woman’s lungs, her narrower air passages, and weaker respiratory muscles make breathing during exercise, quite literally, more work for her. A new study led by Prof. Dennis Jensen of McGill University’s Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education explains why this is the case. 

Published: 8 Nov 2013

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.

Published: 6 Nov 2013

Schulich Leader Scholarships reward excellence, service

As a high school student in Stoney Creek, Ont., Frank Battaglia devoted more than 1,000 hours to community service, locally and abroad, while earning top marks in the classroom.

Published: 5 Nov 2013

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: 31 Oct 2013

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: 31 Oct 2013

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: 31 Oct 2013

OneStart Bio-Entrepreneur Competition

SR-One and Oxbridge Biotech Roundtable invite young bio-entrepreneurs from McGill University to enter the world¹s largest life science business plan competition, OneStart. The winner will receive $150k, free lab space and ongoing legal and intellectual property advice.

First round applications are open from October 15th to December 15th 2013.

Published: 24 Oct 2013

Spotlight on Dr. Nicola Casacalenda

Dr. Casacalenda is an Associate Professor in the McGill Department of Psychiatry. As Training Director and Clinical Supervisor at the Jewish General Hospital, Dr. Casacalenda is actively involved in the training of psychiatry and family medicine residents.  He has recently chaired the McGill Department of Psychiatry Curriculum Review Committee, Collaborative Mental Health Task Force, and Family Skills Training Task Force.  He is also former vice-chair of the Psychiatry Examination Board of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  Dr.

Published: 21 Oct 2013

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

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

Published: 24 Jul 2013

Genome Canada: Quebec Wins Big

Researchers from Quebec are big winners in a contest organized by Genome Canada in collaboration with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) after having been awarded 60% of the federal funds granted during this Canada-wide competition aimed at selecting the best genomics and personalized health research projects.

Published: 1 May 2013