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Drug-induced labour increases the risk for a very rare -- but often fatal -- delivery complication known as amniotic-fluid embolism, a new study confirms. McGill's Dr. Michael Kramer, one of the study's researchers, says anyone considering elective labour induction should be aware of the risk.
In a speech at McGill, former Quebec premier Lucien Bouchard urged Quebecers to pull together on a vision of the future that addresses Quebec's economic weaknesses and takes into account its financial and demographic realities. He said Quebec doesn't have to settle its constitutional questions before tackling its high taxes, debt and lagging economy.
A new study suggests that the link between music and movement is essentially hardwired into the human brain. McGill researcher Robert Zatorre and grad student Joyce Chen presented their findings at the Society for Neuroscience conference in Atlanta. The new findings might also aid in the treatment of movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease or multiple sclerosis.
"Canada should develop an intellectual property policy that lowers the cost to those conducting research and creation in Canada, making Canada an attractive location for investment in high technology industries," E. Richard Gold, director of McGill's Centre for Intellectual Property Policy, writes in the October issue of Policy Options.
With great fanfare, Seymour Schulich unveiled the $100,000 gilded fiddle and presented a cheque for $20,000 to student Emmanuel Vukovich, the first recipient of the Golden Violin Award. "Go shock the bank," Schulich said to Vukovich as he handed the 25-year-old violinist the cheque.
McGill took top place among Canada's universities in the Times Higher Education Supplement's survey of the world's best universities, ranking 21st, three spots higher than last year. The University of Toronto was 27th, while the University of British Columbia tumbled 12 spots to finish in a tie for 50th.
Professor Margaret Somerville suggests we slow down the pace of technological change to let ethics catch up. This profile of the McGill ethicist runs in advance of her cross-Canada Massey Lectures.
McGill has launched a new medical simulation centre, the first fully integrated system of its kind in Canada. At least 2,000 students a year, as well as hundreds of medical staff, will use the $6-million facility.
McGill researchers say they found sperm banks are unpopular, even with cancer patients facing treatments that might make them infertile. The study, led by MUHC researcher Dr. Peter Chan, highlights the need to improve doctor-patient communication about the benefits of sperm banking and the need for accurate and personalized information about the high risk of infertility associated with treatment for testicular cancer and Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Using thermal imaging for the first time to measure arousal rates, a new McGill study shows that women become sexually aroused as quickly as men do. The study, by McGill psychology prof and director of the Sex and Couple Therapy Service of the Royal Victoria Hospital, Irv Binik, and grad student Tuuli Kukkonen, shatters the long-held myth that men get excited faster than women.
Reut Gruber, a child psychologist and sleep researcher at the Douglas Hospital, conducts major studies of children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder to see whether improving the quality of their sleep enhances their ability to learn and listen.
For decades, there have been attempts to draw a direct line between genes and/or environmental factors and mental illness with no success. Psychiatrists now realize that there is something else in between. That something may be epigenetic imprinting. The Economist looks at the work of Moshe Szyf and Michael Meaney.
Giant tortoises, dwarf elephants and little people. All examples of species that became very large or very small when they colonized islands. For years, it was assumed that evolution must speed up to produce such variety so rapidly. Now, Virginie Millien of McGill has found that mammals on islands evolve around three times as fast as their continental counterparts.
A few years ago, researchers like McGill's Moshe Szyf were scoffed at for their ideas. Today Szyf, a professor of pharmacology at McGill, and a few others are mini-celebrities in the increasingly accepted field of epigenetics. The study of epigenetics postulates that there is a "second code" of programming on top of our DNA, a code that -- unlike DNA -- can change during our lifetimes.