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The Food Babe Decoded

Sun, 2015-03-15 06:33

Vani Hari, who goes by the alias “The Food Babe” has become a real social phenomenon. She blogs, appears on TV and has just come out with a book that quickly made it to the New York Times best seller list. She has lots of followers and lots of critics, including myself. I don’t disagree with her goal of improving people’s eating habits. I just disagree with the methods used. Irrational fear-mongering is not the way to go. "There is just no acceptable level of any chemical to ingest, ever," she says.

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Invasive Species in the Great Lakes by 2063

New study shows the vulnerability of the basin to future invaders – and calls for regulations to mitigate this threat
Thu, 2015-01-29 10:12

The Great Lakes have been invaded by more non-native species than any other freshwater ecosystem in the world. In spite of increasing efforts to stem the tide of invasion threats, the lakes remain vulnerable, according to scientists from McGill University and colleagues in Canada and the United States. 

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Tracking down the origins of the Ebola outbreak

In April, shortly after the World Health Organization announced that the Zaire Ebolavirus was responsible for a number of deaths in southern Guinea, an international team began the search for the animal origins of the epidemic. The team wanted to know whether there was a larger Ebolavirus outbreak happening in wildlife in the region and how the index case, a two-year-old boy in Meliandou, Guinea might have gotten infected and sparked the epidemic that has since spread into other areas of Guinea and then Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, the U.S, Spain and Mali, representing the largest ever recorded outbreak.
Tue, 2014-12-30 09:25

To address these questions, Dr. Fabian Leendertz of the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin assembled a large international interdisciplinary team consisting of virologists, veterinarians, ecologists, epidemiologists and an anthropologist. One member was Jan Gogarten, a doctoral student in Biology and Vanier graduate scholar at McGill. 

We spoke with Gogarten about the resulting study, published this week in the journal EMBO Molecular Medicine, and his role in it.

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McGill grad John O’Keefe wins Nobel Prize in medicine

Fourth former McGill student since 2009 to win a Nobel
Mon, 2014-10-06 11:04

McGill University alumnus John O'Keefe was named co-winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in medicine, for his contribution to the discovery of cells that constitute the brain’s ‘inner GPS,’ which makes it possible to orient ourselves in space.

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World-renowned green chemist joining McGill

Canada Excellence Research Chair appointment builds on McGill’s strength in green chemistry
Mon, 2014-09-29 10:15

Dr. Robin Rogers, one of the world’s most renowned green chemists, will become Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Green Chemistry and Green Chemicals at McGill University. Rogers comes to Canada from The University of Alabama, where he was Robert Ramsay Chair of Chemistry and director of the Center for Green Manufacturing.

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If you happen to be in Washington on April 24....

Sat, 2014-04-05 09:40

Spotlight on X-STEM Speaker Dr. Joe Schwarcz!

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn about the science of the paranormal from X-STEM Speaker Dr. Joe Schwarcz at the X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium on April 24 !

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Is Your Makeup Killing You? Decoding Cosmetic Scare Stories

Tue, 2014-03-18 23:36

You’ve seen the stories: There’s Lead in Your Lipstick! Pthalates in Your Shampoo! Parabens in Everything!

 

Our cosmetics are awash in toxic chemicals, or so it seems. Are we in imminent danger? Should we throw them all out and go au naturelle? Or slather away in a fool’s paradise, only to develop cancer – or worse, pass on our toxic habits to our children as birth defects? Why are there toxins in our products at all? And if these toxins are so dangerous, why isn’t anything being done?

 

A Scientific Opinion

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More Oz Folly

Mon, 2014-01-27 08:48

Dr. Oz has absolutely gone haywire. In pushing the "alkaline" diet he takes a piece of kidney and pours acid on it to show how it disintegrates and infers this is happening in the body. This is insane. The pH of the blood is maintained at about 7.35 no matter what the diet. Oz has lost all perspective and is falling deeper and deeper into the abyss of quackery.

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Alternative Medicine

Tue, 2014-02-18 18:00 - 19:00

Dr. Joe Schwarcz will be presenting a talk on Alternative Medicine at St. George's University in Granada

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2014 SPMAO Annual Conference Speakers

Wed, 2014-01-29 09:00 - Thu, 2014-01-30 10:00

 Dr. Joe Schwarcz will be presenting talks on:

  • January 29th , Wednesday at 9am: Magic Humor and Health

  • January 30th, Thursday at 9am: Pesticides: Risks and Benefits

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