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The Gazette: Canadian mouse research will help create human painkillers

Humans are not the only ones to grimace when they are in pain, scientists have found. Mice show their discomfort in the same way. Decoding animals' facial expressions may allow researchers and veterinarians to monitor spontaneous pain over long timescales. This may also aid the discovery of painkillers, because this type of pain is similar to that experienced by humans.

Published: 9 May 2010

The Gazette: McGill profs cut data down to size; ATLAS detector 'Trigger System' decides what's worth recording

A stack of CDs as high as Mount Royal would hold about 30 years worth of music. The ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider generates that much data in less than two seconds. But thanks in part to a group of McGill physicists, ATLAS won't be filling up all of the world's hard drives...

Published: 8 May 2010

Le Devoir: 24 heures de science

Le compte à rebours est commencé. Sur les 12 coups de midi aujourd'hui débutera 24 heures de science, un festival qui nous en donnera à voir et à entendre, voire à manipuler, de toutes les couleurs...

Published: 7 May 2010

USA Today: The pill: 50 years of birth control changed women's lives

The pill was groundbreaking in other ways: Women today have a wide range of effective contraceptive choices, virtually all of them variations on the pill. Concerns about adverse effects linked to the early, high-dose oral contraceptives galvanized feminists and gave rise to the consumer health movement. Americans no longer assume doctors, regulators and drug companies know what's best for them...

Published: 7 May 2010

Winnipeg Free Press: Revolutionary road: The pill that changed women's lives marks 50th anniversary

The approval of the birth-control pill in 1960 ushered in an era that many argue transformed the lives of women, giving birth to the sexual revolution, spawning the women's liberation movement and changing the face of the once male-dominated workforce...

Published: 7 May 2010

Live Science: Forgetful lab rat gets Alzheimer's for the sake of science

A new group of forgetful lab rats have been created so scientists can better study Alzheimer's disease. While scientists have tinkered with rat DNA and developed models to study a host of human diseases, from cardiovascular disease to osteoporosis, a satisfactory rat model for Alzheimer's had remained elusive...

Published: 7 May 2010

Globe and Mail: Quebec leaders stand behind McGill in dispute with government

The cream of corporate Quebec is pooling its support around McGill University and criticizing the provincial government in an increasingly bitter and public spat over tuition fees...

Published: 6 May 2010

Huffington Post: If companies really mean business on work and family issues...

(Opinion piece by Jody Heymann, Dir. of McGill's Institute for Health & Social Policy): "...the real challenge facing the nation is to go from best practices that benefit a few to decent working conditions for all. The missing piece of the puzzle is for corporate leaders to really work with policymakers to ensure that all Americans have decent working conditions…"

Published: 6 May 2010

CQDM announces the results of its 2009-2010 competition

Quebec Consortium for Drug Discovery (CQDM) has chosen 5 exceptional projects for a total investment of $7.8 M distributed among 4 companies and 4 universities in Québec. Two McGill projects were chosen.

Published: 5 May 2010

The Gazette: Protection needed for youths' online privacy

Many young people remain vulnerable to online predators because they are dangerously unaware that privacy on the Internet is an illusion, experts say. And the Internet has opened so many avenues for young people that they've become blissfully ignorant it can also be used to harm them.

Published: 5 May 2010

BNN: Westjet's bumpy quarter

WestJet reported a 63-percent drop in first-quarter profit. Karl Moore, professor of business strategy at McGill University, tells BNN why the airline has good long-term prospects, and gives his outlook for the aviation industry.

Published: 5 May 2010

Toronto Star: Peanuts lead allergy list, national survey finds

Canada’s first nationwide food allergy survey shows that about 1.7 per cent of children under 18 have a probable peanut allergy, while another 1.59 per cent have a probable allergy to tree nuts, such as hazelnuts and walnuts.

Published: 5 May 2010

Nature: Confronting the biodiversity crisis

In 2002, the world's governments agreed to significantly slow the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010. Time is almost up, and by most accounts they've failed. Now that climate change is emerging as one of biodiversity's greatest threats, scientists are proposing new ways to tackle the crisis…

Published: 5 May 2010

The Gazette: Online gambling more dangerous? You bet it is, expert says

Gamblers have "blind spots" in recognizing addictive behaviour in themselves, traits that could make online gambling more dangerous, Canadian research suggests. An Ipsos Reid survey found that 92 per cent of Ontario adults could recognize risky gambling behaviour in others...

Published: 5 May 2010

eScience: The bivalve effect

Explaining and understanding life cycles is on many people's minds in spring and McGill Biologist Dr. Frédéric Guichard is no exception – in fact, he's made a fascinating discovery relating to the life, death, reproduction and communication … of mussels.

Published: 4 May 2010