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Globe and Mail: From magic trick to medical treatment

Before he was a neuroscientist, Amir Raz was a magician. He regularly performed stage shows to finance his university studies, but resisted introducing hypnosis to his act because he didn’t understand the science underlying the crowd-pleasing stunt... Dr. Raz, a researcher at McGill University, he is one of a small but growing number of brain scientists giving hypnosis serious attention.

Published: 25 Jun 2010

BusinessWeek - Mouse Study Sheds Light on Diabetes-Heart Disease Link

A potential link between diabetes and a heightened risk of heart disease and sudden cardiac death has been spotted by researchers studying mice. In the new study, published in the June 24 issue of the journal Neuron, the investigators found that high blood sugar prevents critical communication between the brain and the autonomic nervous system, which controls involuntary activities in the body.

Published: 24 Jun 2010

The Gazette - 24 Quebecers we love

Brenda Milner: At 91, the grande dame of cognitive neuroscience -she is a researcher at the Montreal Neurological Institute - is still reaping honours. In the past year: the 2010 lifetime achievement award by the Society of Experimental Psychologists for her work on memory; a runner-up for Canada's prestigious Herzberg science medal; and an honorary doctorate from UQAM.

Published: 23 Jun 2010

CNN - Is your desk job bad for your health?

The hazards of sitting all day long--whether you're staring at a computer screen at work or watching TV on the couch at home--are better understood now than ever. In recent years, researchers have linked too much sitting to back pain, repetitive stress injuries, obesity, and even an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease… Good posture is also important for avoiding stress and strain at work,

Published: 22 Jun 2010

CBC - Sask. dinosaur industry lags, experts say

McGill paleontologist Hans Larsson says Saskatchewan has rich dinosaur fossil deposits, comparable to Alberta's.

Published: 21 Jun 2010

The Gazette - What's Next for the Montreal Neuro?

A healing garden, a cafeteria as good as the city's best museum bistro, perhaps a lounge with interactive games that both distract and engage the minds of patients and their loved ones.

Published: 19 Jun 2010

The Gazette - He's chasing a Holy Grail... at 16

Science whiz's dream: a Nobel; Marymount student has a mess of medals, but makes time for other stuff, too... Though he just finished Grade 10, Abicumaran Uthamacumaran's already talking about continuing his research to the Ph. D. level. His life's goal is a Nobel Prize in medicine.

Published: 18 Jun 2010

McGill research magazine "Headway" named Magazine of the Year in education awards

The Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education presented their annual Prix d'excellence awards last week, and several of the winners were magazines and magazine people. Headway, McGill's research magazine, took the top prize for Best Magazine. Edited by James Martin and designed by Carmen Jensen, it was praised by the CCAE judges as "adventurous" and "inventive."

Published: 17 Jun 2010

Globe and Mail: Virtual rehab

In recent years, researchers around the world have been investigating the potential of virtual reality to help victims of stroke and other brain injuries. While it can't replace work with a physical therapist, it is still effective and far cheaper. But most importantly, because it's entertaining, patients are more likely to do the same exercises over and over again, which is crucial for recovery.

Published: 14 Jun 2010

The Gazette: Miracle berry turns a pucker into sweetness

(Chemistry professor Joe Schwarcz's column in Sunday's Gazette): "I needed a couple of human guinea pigs. So I volunteered my teenage daughter Rachel and her friend Eden. (They said I could use their names because they want to be famous.) Their task was a simple one. They were to dissolve a little tablet on their tongue and then suck on a lemon wedge…"

Published: 13 Jun 2010

The Gazette: Genes linked to Vitamin D deficiency

In the era before vitamins and cod-liver oil, children suffering from rickets got the "sunshine cure" to rid them of the deforming condition caused by soft, weak bones... Now, an international study co-authored by McGill University researcher Brent Richards explains why sunshine and certain foods aren't always enough to ward off a Vitamin D deficiency.

Published: 12 Jun 2010

The Gazette: Metropolitan News

A McGill transportation researcher studying how to encourage cyclists to be transit users (and vice versa) is gathering the public's opinion via an online survey. Better integration of the two modes of transport "would increase the attractiveness of alternative options and thus people would often opt to not take a car," Jacob Larsen told Metropolitan News.

Published: 12 Jun 2010

Le Devoir: L'émergence d'un Iran nouveau

(Op-ed by Law professor Payam Akhavan): En Iran, ce 12 juin marque le premier anniversaire des élections contestées qui ont incité des millions de personnes à manifester, lançant un appel sans précédent à la démocratie et aux droits de la personne...

Published: 12 Jun 2010

National Post: Bodychecking triples concussions in peewee-level players, study finds

A new study from the University of Calgary has found that bodychecking in peewee level hockey triples the risk of concussions and other injuries sustained by players age 11 and 12… The research, done in collaboration with McGill and Laval universities, will be published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Published: 9 Jun 2010

IEEE Spectrum - A balance for measuring electrons

A new way to measure electron movement may be a precursor to building better quantum computers ieee spectrum. A team of researchers at McGill University, in Montreal, has found a way that allows them to measure the movement of individual electrons going in and out of semiconductor structures called quantum dots—a trick that could help make future quantum computers possible.

Published: 9 Jun 2010