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Converting the intensive care units in hospitals to private rooms could greatly reduce rates of hospital-acquired infections, new research suggests.
Ever had goosebumps or felt euphoric chills when listening to a piece of music? If so, your brain is reacting to the music in the same way as it would to some delicious food or a psychoactive drug such as cocaine, according to scientists.
A new nanotech catalyst has earned McGill chemists Chao-Jun Li, Audrey Moores and colleagues a spot on Quebec Science’s list of the Top 10 discoveries of 2010.
McGill aging researcher Jens Pruessner talks to The Gazette's Charlie Fidelman about factors that can lead to or help prevent dementia, a disease that affects an increasing number of people as they age. Would it be possible, ultimately, to prevent dementia? If old-age diseases could be abolished, what would we die of?
Even though she’s only 19-years-old, Kimberly Fortin has worked to benefit Free the Children for more than seven years. And even though the Pointe Claire teen never expected her work with Cedar Park’s Youth in Action group of Free the Children to garner any recognition, she was nevertheless recently recognized as one of Canada’s Top Ten Teen Philanthropists.
A new U.S. study that suggests extrasensory perception—also known as ESP—may be real is causing a stir in academic circles ahead of its publication in a prominent journal of psychology.
Michael Fainstat's decision to donate his body to McGill University for dissection and training of medical students reflected a life that was devoted to public service and pragmatic as well as principled action.
It's a global gold rush - clinics and cosmetics companies offering miraculous results using stem cells. They sound too good to be true, and that's probably because they're not true, scientists say. Worse, no one knows the health risks.
"Arctic regions are experiencing high degrees of environmental change, including thinning of arctic sea ice, increased deposition of airborne pollutants as well as evidence of a longer growing season," says Marianne Douglas, director of the Canadian Circumpolar Institute and a professor of earth and atmospheric sciences at the University of Alberta.
Reports of dead birds falling from the sky have made headlines across the world this week, and now authorities are investigating a similar mystery near Quebec City after a farmer found about 80 dead pigeons on his property… David Bird, a McGill wildlife biologist, doesn't expect the lab results will be all that dramatic.
There’s a regular feature called Sinner’s Corner, in which readers look for guidance in their ethical struggles, as in: can an environmentalist play golf in good conscience? A recent issue looked at body image and discrimination against fat people; another reported on 30 sermons that would never be heard in church. More recently, a two-page spread focused on “police brutality” at the G20 summit.
The U.S. State Department has put hundreds of human rights activists, foreign government officials and business people on notice that they may be outed by a new outpouring of WikiLeaks cables. Washington’s worry is a sign that even in the electronic age, old-fashioned human contact is still vital to both diplomats and those seeking justice in repressive countries.
Engadget, Popular Science, Radio-Canada: "...it looks like some folks at McGill University in Montreal, Canada have also been taking a similar approach to quite literally reinvent the wheel.
Globe and Mail: Karl Moore of the Desautels Faculty of Management, Talking Management for The Globe, speaks to Michael Beer who is a senior professor at the Harvard Business School.
History News Network: (Myron Echenberg, Professor Emeritus of History at McGill and the author of "Africa in the Time of Cholera: A History of Pandemics from 1815 to the Present"): "…The ongoing, and predictable, disaster in Haiti follows similar massive outbreaks in Peru in 1991, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 1994, in South Africa in 2000, and in Zimbabwe in 2008..."