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Postmedia, Cell - Discovery could lead memory-enhancing pill out of realm of science fiction

You're over the hill and — along with everything else — your memory is slipping. Your doctor gives you a pill and, suddenly, you can remember your high school locker combination. Science fiction? Maybe not.

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Published on : 16 Dec 2011

La Presse - Le 3TC: bloquer la progrssion du sida

Seul le temps sanctionne les grandes innovations. Mais toutes ont d'abord été de simples projets. Quel avenir nous préparent nos entreprises ? Une série en six parutions. A surveiller la dernière parution, la semaine prochaine: l'énergie.

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Published on : 15 Dec 2011

Ottawa Citizen, Vancouver Sun - Medical marijuana shows promise for pain, but scientists and doctors are divided on medicinal benefits of smoking the drug

Cheryl Campbell says she owes her ability to get through each day to a drug that critics condemn, especially when it's smoked - which is how most of the thou-sands of Canadians who self-medicate with pot prefer to take it.

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Published on : 12 Dec 2011

Montreal Gazette (op-ed) - Assisted-suicide panel failed to present balanced arguments

(Op-ed by Margaret Somerville, founding director of the Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law at McGill University): Responding to the Royal Society of Canada's Expert Panel Report on End-of-Life Decision Making, which recommended the legalization of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, a Gazette editorial called for "a national debate on life-and-death issues"

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Published on : 08 Dec 2011

BBC, UPI - Rare gene links vitamin D and multiple sclerosis

A rare genetic variant which causes reduced levels of vitamin D appears to be directly linked to multiple sclerosis, says an Oxford University study.

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Published on : 08 Dec 2011

Discovery News, Edmonton Sun, et al. - Gamers help solve genetic diseases

Everyday video game players are succeeding at something computer technology can't quite handle: Decoding genetic diseases.

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Published on : 07 Dec 2011

Science Magazine - Connected brain regions grow up together

Connectivity is a hot topic in neuroscience these days. Instead of trying to figure out what individual brain regions do, researchers are focusing more on how regions work together as a network to enable memory, language, and decision-making. Now, a study of more than 100 children finds that interconnected brain regions develop in concert through childhood and adolescence.

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Published on : 07 Dec 2011

Video game players advancing genetic research

Users of game designed by McGill researchers contributing to analysis of DNA sequences Thousands of video game players have helped advance our understanding of the genetic basis of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, over the past year. They are the users of a web-based video game developed by Dr. Jérôme Waldispuhl of McGill's School of Computer Science and collaborator Mathieu Blanchette.

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Published on : 06 Dec 2011

Budding scientists explore their career options at Discovery Day

More than 200 students from 26 high schools and CEGEPS across Montreal got a taste of what it’s really like to be a scientist at TD Discovery Day in Health Sciences on Tuesday, December 6, 2011.

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Published on : 06 Dec 2011

Media advisory - Gut reactions: immunity, microbes and diet

On Dec. 2, McGill University and Immunology Montreal are inviting interested researchers, media representatives and members of the public to attend its 6th annual symposium where international experts will share the latest findings on this timely topic.

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Published on : 30 Nov 2011

Movember movers and 'stachers

Kudos to McGill's 436 (registered) mo-bros, who helped raise $50,000+ for prostate cancer awareness this Movember.

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Published on : 30 Nov 2011

Gene acts as a brake on breast cancer progression

New research out of McGill University’s Goodman Cancer Research Centre provides compelling new evidence that a gene known as 14-3-3σ plays a critical role in halting breast cancer initiation and progression. The study, led by the Dept. of Biochemistry’s William J. Muller, will be published online today in the journal Cancer Discovery.

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Published on : 29 Nov 2011

La Presse - Les oubliés de l'Alzheimer

La maladie d'Alzheimer, souvent associée à la vieillesse, frappe parfois très tôt. Dès la trentaine. La sévérité des symptômes progresse alors à une vitesse fulgurante, causant une immense souffrance et un casse-tête d'organisation. Les aidants crient à l'aide, parfois en vain.

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Published on : 26 Nov 2011