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Recent work suggests that so-called epigenetic mechanisms of gene regulation, which alter the activity of genes without changing their DNA sequence, could explain how early life experiences can leave an indelible mark on the brain and influence both behavior and physical health later in life. These effects may even carry over to subsequent generations.
Why are some children taller than others? It seems their height might be linked at least partly to how old - or young - their mom was when she got her first menstrual period. A new study suggests that the earlier a woman reached this milestone of puberty, called menarche, the slightly faster her kids will grow.
Afflicted with amnesia after brain surgery, he became a man who lived in the perpetual present, and the most famous patient of 20th century neuroscience. Join Natasha Mitchell for a powerful posthumous encounter with HM's legacy and his brain, which continues to offer remarkable insights into the machinations of human memory. [Guests include Professor Brenda Milner, Dorothy J. Killam Professor of
This weekend, the spouses of the G20 leaders will nibble on local fruit at the top of the CN Tower, learn how to bead moccasins from Algonquin leaders and put on their most-practised smiles for the competing flash bulbs of photographers. But their more important task is to uphold the unofficial Hippocratic oath of the political spouse: Do no harm. Spouses may have greater influence than ever on th
(Joe Schwarcz's column in Sunday's Gazette): "Science finds, industry applies, Man conforms." That was the rather imaginative motto chosen for the Chicago World's Fair of 1933. People flocked to see exciting new cars, colourful light displays, novel building materials and the "Chamber of Horrors." But this chamber was not on the midway; the horrors there, at least as far as prissy Chicagoans were
Over the last century, soccer has evolved into an extremely high-intensity sport -- very few sports are played on such a large field, or last as long without regular rest periods. It's a fast-paced sport requiring both endurance and agility, as well as strength and speed. An elite player may expend 1,500 to 1,700 calories and run up to 12 kilometres a game. McGill University kinesiologist Dilson R
Desautels Faculty of Management professor Karl Moore, in video, on how Canada occupies the precious middle ground between "red meat capitalism" on the right and risky deficit spending on the left.
McGill : Considérée comme l'un des établissements les plus prestigieux du Canada, l'université anglophone McGill est aussi la plus ancienne du Québec. Mondialement réputée pour la qualité de l'enseignement et l'excellence de ses programmes, McGill se place au 18e rang des meilleures universités au monde, d'après le THE pour l'année 2009. L'Express http://www.lexpress.fr/emploi-carriere/panorama-
Impossible de s'endormir pendant les cours d'Ariel Fenster! Professeur de chimie à l'université McGill, à Montréal, ce Français d'origine n'est pas seulement un redoutable communicateur. Il sait aussi jouer des nouvelles technologies pour captiver son auditoire.
Before he was a neuroscientist, Amir Raz was a magician. He regularly performed stage shows to finance his university studies, but resisted introducing hypnosis to his act because he didn’t understand the science underlying the crowd-pleasing stunt... Dr. Raz, a researcher at McGill University, he is one of a small but growing number of brain scientists giving hypnosis serious attention.
A potential link between diabetes and a heightened risk of heart disease and sudden cardiac death has been spotted by researchers studying mice. In the new study, published in the June 24 issue of the journal Neuron, the investigators found that high blood sugar prevents critical communication between the brain and the autonomic nervous system, which controls involuntary activities in the body.
Brenda Milner: At 91, the grande dame of cognitive neuroscience -she is a researcher at the Montreal Neurological Institute - is still reaping honours. In the past year: the 2010 lifetime achievement award by the Society of Experimental Psychologists for her work on memory; a runner-up for Canada's prestigious Herzberg science medal; and an honorary doctorate from UQAM.
The hazards of sitting all day long--whether you're staring at a computer screen at work or watching TV on the couch at home--are better understood now than ever. In recent years, researchers have linked too much sitting to back pain, repetitive stress injuries, obesity, and even an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease… Good posture is also important for avoiding stress and strain at work,
A healing garden, a cafeteria as good as the city's best museum bistro, perhaps a lounge with interactive games that both distract and engage the minds of patients and their loved ones.