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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.

Published: 25 Apr 2006

Equal tuition for international students

Quebec universities are severely underfunded, and Heather Munroe-Blum is taking the lead in looking at ways to address the problem. In an interview with Le Devoir, she says Quebec should consider treating international students on an equal footing -- 38 percent currently pay Quebec tuition rates. If they paid what American and other international students pay in tuition, it would mean at least $41.7 million more a year for Quebec universities. She also proposed that international tuition fees for undergraduate students stay with the host university -- a move that would mean $4 million more a year for McGill.

Published: 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.

Published: 21 Apr 2006

Concerns about fertility drug unfounded

Concerns about the use of letrozole, an easy-to-use and inexpensive drug for the treatment of infertility, appear to be unfounded, according to a major study by Togas Tulandi, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at McGill.

Published: 20 Apr 2006


A study headed by McGill University epidemiology professor Samy Suissa and commissioned by the Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) says the province's new approach to whiplash cases has markedly improved outcomes for patients.

Published: 5 Apr 2006

Suds study

A new study finds that beer drinkers are more at risk of developing lung cancer than their non-beer-drinking peers, while wine consumption has an opposite effect. The study was led by Andrea Benedetti, from the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill.

Published: 5 Apr 2006

Orchestrating emotion

Five Boston Symphony Orchestra musicians and about 50 audience members will be part of a novel scientific experiment measuring music's emotional effect. The experiment will be "conducted" by McGill's Daniel Levitin and Stephen McAdams.

Published: 5 Apr 2006

Brain development rate linked to intelligence

The brains of highly intelligent children appear to develop in a distinctive and surprising way that distinguishes them from less intelligent children, according to a study from the National Institute of Mental Health. Drs. Jason Lerch and Alan Evans of McGill's MNI provided analysis of data with the help of a unique database.

Published: 30 Mar 2006

Antidepressants and colorectal cancer

In a study published in the April issue of the journal Lancet Oncology, Drs. Jean-Paul Collet and Stan Shapiro suggest that antidepressants can retard the development of colorectal tumours.

Published: 27 Mar 2006

Microbes awaken

While testing a robotic drill on Ellesmere Island at the Eureka weather station, McGill polar biologist Lyle Whyte discovered samples of about 60 different types of microbes that had lain dormant for 20,000 years, some at -16ºC.

Published: 27 Mar 2006

AIDS-stricken Africa

Terry Mosher (a.k.a. the Gazette cartoonist Aislin) poignantly describes a visit to Tanzania with a team of medical experts from McGill. The group went to build links with hospitals and clinics.

Published: 25 Mar 2006

Evolution is not a dirty word

The pressure to keep the teaching of evolution out of schools is enormous and omission is the method of dealing with it in science education in the deep south of the US. PhD student Jason Wiles tells his story.

Published: 23 Mar 2006

Gay and aging

Discrimination plagues the health services and care of elderly homosexuals, according to a recent McGill study by Shari Brotman.

Published: 15 Mar 2006

Children home alone

Dr. Jody Heymann has produced the most comprehensive and groundbreaking study on how globalization is affecting working families around the world. The study is a wake-up call for policy makers and employers.

Published: 15 Mar 2006

Coral treatment

A compound isolated from coral has shown the ability to slow down and possibly prevent virus replication and may hold promise as a cancer treatment, according to a study by McGill biochemist Jerry Pelletier and his colleagues.

Published: 13 Mar 2006