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Death by prescription painkiller

The number of deaths involving commonly prescribed painkillers is higher than the number of deaths by overdose from heroin and cocaine combined, according to researchers at McGill University. In a first-of-its-kind review of existing research, the McGill team has put the spotlight on a major public health problem: the dramatic increase in deaths due to prescribed painkillers, which were involved in more than 16,000 deaths in 2010 in the U.S. alone. Currently, the U.S and Canada rank #1 and #2 in per capita opioid consumption.

Published: 18 Jun 2014

Roderick A. Macdonald (1948-2014)

Published: 13 Jun 2014

McGill Principal receives honorary degree from Carleton

Carleton University bestowed an honorary degree on McGill Principal and Vice-Chancellor Suzanne Fortier today to recognize her “outstanding leadership in the Canadian scientific community while fostering research opportunities for future generations of scholars.”

Published: 10 Jun 2014

New permafrost is forming around shrinking Arctic lakes

By Katherine Gombay - News - June 10

Researchers from McGill and the U.S. Geological Survey, more used to measuring thawing permafrost than its expansion, have made a surprising discovery. There is new permafrost forming around Twelvemile Lake in the interior of Alaska. But they have also quickly concluded that, given the current rate of climate change, it won’t last beyond the end of this century.

Published: 10 Jun 2014

A tiny molecule may help battle depression

By Cynthia Lee - News - June 8, 2014

Levels of a small molecule found only in humans and in other primates are lower in the brains of depressed individuals, according to researchers at McGill University and the Douglas Institute. This discovery may hold a key to improving treatment options for those who suffer from depression.

Published: 8 Jun 2014

What a 66M-year old forest fire reveals about dinosaurs

As far back as the time of the dinosaurs, 66 million years ago, forests recovered from fires in the same manner they do today, according to a team of researchers from McGill University and the Royal Saskatchewan Museum.

Published: 5 Jun 2014

One in four of world’s big cities water-stressed

As more people move to urban areas, cities around the world are experiencing increased water stress and looking for additional water supplies to support their continued grow.

Published: 3 Jun 2014

Slowing The Insect Invasion

Risk analysis finds savings for homeowners and local governments of excluding invasive pests like the emerald ash borer outweigh added cost to imported goods

Published: 28 May 2014

Melatonin makes old bones stronger

Published: 26 May 2014

Cole Foundation gives $700,000

Montreal, May 16, 2014 –The Cole Foundation continues its support of promising young scientists conducting research on leukemia and lymphomas in children and young adults with the announcement of fourteen new fellowship grants and one new investigator grant for a total funding value of $700,000. 

Published: 16 May 2014

Students win international competition

An innovative proposal to harvest water in some of the world’s most arid locations has won the international competition Shell Ideas360. A team of Concordia and McGill students beat out more than 600 submissions to emerge as the only North American competitors in the top five presenting to an international panel of judges in Amsterdam.

Published: 15 May 2014