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Blame it on your brain: Salt and hypertension

Sat, 2015-01-24 08:07

Study sheds new light on link between salt intake and blood pressure

An international research team led by scientists at McGill has found that excessive salt intake “reprograms” the brain, interfering with a natural safety mechanism that normally prevents the body’s arterial blood pressure from rising.

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The secret of empathy

Thu, 2015-01-22 08:07

The ability to express empathy – the capacity to share and feel another’s emotions – is limited by the stress of being around strangers, according to a new study published recently in the journal Current Biology.

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Music cuts across cultures

Tue, 2015-01-13 16:07

By Katherine Gombay

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Parasites and the evolution of primate culture

Thu, 2014-12-11 16:07

Study examines ‘costs’ of innovation, learning from others

By Chris Chipello

Learning from others and innovation have undoubtedly helped advance civilization. But these behaviours can carry costs as well as benefits. And a new study by an international team of evolutionary biologists sheds light on how one particular cost – increased exposure to parasites – may affect cultural evolution in non-human primates.

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Obesity may shorten life expectancy up to eight years

Fri, 2014-12-05 14:07

Canadian researchers put numbers on health risk

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Social media data contain pitfalls for understanding human behaviour

Wed, 2014-12-03 11:07

Researchers urged to hone methods for mining social-media data

By Chris Chipello

A growing number of academic researchers are mining social media data to learn about both online and offline human behaviour. In recent years, studies have claimed the ability to predict everything from summer blockbusters to fluctuations in the stock market.

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Fragile X study offers hope of new autism treatment

Mon, 2014-12-01 10:07

Drug reverses behavioural symptoms in mice with a version of autism

By Cynthia Lee

People affected by a common inherited form of autism could be helped by a drug that is being tested as a treatment for cancer, according to researchers from McGill and the University of Edinburgh.

Fragile X Syndrome is the most common genetic cause of autism spectrum disorders. It affects around 1 in 4,000 boys and 1 in 6,000 girls. Currently, there is no cure.

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High incidence of bowel disease seen in people with lung conditions

Mon, 2014-11-24 15:08

By Tod Hoffman

People with airway diseases, including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), have a higher incidence of inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, according to the findings of a new study.

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Oral cancer-causing HPV may spread through oral and genital routes

Thu, 2014-11-20 11:08

McGill study helps identify those most at risk for oral human papillomavirus (HPV)

By Cynthia Lee

Oral human papillomavirus (HPV) infections were more common among men who had female partners with oral and/or genital HPV infection, suggesting that the transmission of HPV occurs via oral-oral and oral-genital routes, according to a McGill University study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

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Total recall: Science or science fiction?

Mon, 2014-11-17 08:10

Study identifies new player in brain function and memory

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