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Alcohol consumption linked to increased cancer risk

Heavy drinkers of beer and spirits have significantly higher risks of developing multiple cancers, a Montreal study by a group of epidemiologists and cancer researchers shows.

Published: 4 Aug 2009

Breakfast lessons for MPs bridge science, political gap

Vicki Kaspi, a McGill astrophysicist spoke on Parliament Hill Thursday during part of a lecture series by the Partnership Group in Science and Engineering.

Published: 5 Jun 2009

Birth Control Pills Linked to Lupus Risk

Women taking birth control pills, especially those who have just started taking them, may face an increased risk of developing the autoimmune disease lupus, a new study suggests. Dr. Samy Suissa of the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology at Jewish General Hospital of McGill led the study and findings are published in the April issue of Arthritis Care & Research.

Published: 9 Apr 2009

Regrowing forests could provide climate change help

A new study shows that allowing cleared forest to grow back can help cut down carbon dioxide emissions. "There's quite a lot of potential for the future," said Jeanine Rhemtulla, a postdoctoral fellow at McGill and lead author of a study published in this week's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Published: 8 Apr 2009

The beginnings of globalization

Contrasting the Great Crash of 2008 with the Great Crash of 1788 BC Desautels Faculty of Management professor Karl Moore and David Lewis (Cal State, Long Beach) combine archeology, history, religion and economics with the theory and practice of the modern multinational corporation to tell a compelling tale that appears never before to have been told.

Published: 8 Apr 2009

Living longer, living better

Dr. Siegfried Hekimi's work with worms could one day lead to a pill to prolong lifespan in humans. His lab is testing drugs that might slow the biological rate of aging and reduce age-related illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer's. They've discovered genes and their proteins that allow worms and mice to live several times longer than normal.

Published: 8 Apr 2009

New facility inspired by McGill architecture class

Edward Wagnies used to call a one room his home. Now he has his own apartment. His is one of 45 subsidized units in the building that was born out of the need for the dwindling congregation at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church to find a new way to ensure its future... The plan was inspired by a project by McGill University architecture students who visited Fredericton in 2005-06.

Published: 6 Apr 2009

Drug-free memory erasure could lead to 'spotless minds'

A new drug-free therapy wipes away fearful memories in rats and humans. The simple treatment might eventually help patients with post-traumatic stress disorder, say researchers. Karim Nader, a neuroscientist at the McGill University performed some of the drug studies.

Published: 6 Apr 2009

Historians reject depression fears

Canadians are feeling the effects of the global economic downturn, but the current woes are nothing like what was experienced in the '30s, historians say. In fact, despite the economic malaise, optimism remains high that the country will emerge stronger. We are "light years" from the Great Depression, says McGill University economist William Watson.

Published: 6 Apr 2009

Has 'Breast is best' gone too far?

In the April issue of The Atlantic, Hanna Rosin weighs the arguments on breastfeeding over bottle-feeding and in so doing creates a ripple of controversy: "So overall, yes, breast is probably best," Rosin decides. "But not so much better that formula deserves the label of 'public health menace,' alongside smoking..." Rosin looks at research from McGill's Dr. Michael Kramer for her article.

Published: 3 Apr 2009

McGill Conference: Muslim students weigh in on evolution

The Can$250,000 Islam and Evolution research project is the first large study of evolution in countries with significant Muslim populations. Results from the three-year project were presented at a symposium at McGill University in Montreal. The data could help teachers and students from diverse backgrounds work together better.

Published: 3 Apr 2009

Toxins in your fries?

Lab studies on animals have proven the carcinogenic properties of acrymalide, but McGill's Dr. Ariel Fenster explains that the animals used in the lab tests were exposed to high doses of acrymalide not comparable to typical amounts ingested by humans.

Published: 4 Mar 2009

Do antioxydants really help us live longer?

In the journal PLoS Genetics, biologist Siegfried Hekimi demonstrates that worms that have been genetically modified to be less effective at antioxydation -- the elimination of free radicals -- live just as long as regular worms. One of the modified worms actually lived longer than normal.

Published: 3 Mar 2009

Jurassic cluck

Jack Horner, the paleontologist whose career inspired the film Jurassic Park, is funding scientists on a quest he hopes will culminate in a fowl whose DNA has been "reverse-engineered" to make the bird more similar to its dinosaur ancestors. The work is carried out by Hans Larsson, a biologist at McGill University in Montreal, and Mary Schweitzer, a paleontologist at North Carolina University.

Published: 2 Mar 2009

Child abuse alters stress-fighting gene, study says

In a study published in the Journal Nature Neuroscience, researchers report that people who were abused or neglected as children showed genetic alterations that likely made them more biologically sensitive to stress. The findings help clarify the biology behind the wounds of a difficult childhood and hint at what constitutes resilience in those able to shake off such wounds.

Published: 24 Feb 2009