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Research shows reversal of MS in mice

A team of Montreal doctors say they have found an experimental treatment for multiple sclerosis that reverses the disorder in mice and could do the same for humans.

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Published on : 11 Aug 2009

Do redheads really feel more pain? The jury's still out

On the heels of recent research suggesting that redheads do feel more pain, Time magazine interviews McGill's Jeffrey Mogil to discuss the somewhat contradictory results of Mogil's research, showing that the redhead group has HIGHER pain tolerance, reacting less strongly to pain. Those scientists also found a heightened sensitivity to painkillers among the redheads.

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Published on : 12 Aug 2009

Temp workers more likely to be depressed: Study

Workers hired on short-term contracts show more depressive symptoms than do those who are employed on a permanent basis, according to research by medical sociologist Amélie Quesnel-Vallée.

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Published on : 11 Aug 2009

Alcohol consumption linked to increased cancer risk

Heavy drinkers of beer and spirits have significantly higher risks of developing multiple cancers, a Montreal study by a group of epidemiologists and cancer researchers shows.

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Published on : 04 Aug 2009

Doing geography the Hmong way

Livelihoods and trade across the Vietnam-China border By Sarah Turner “Wow, China’s big eh!?” Chi exclaims. I’m humbled as a geography professor to witness the excitement on this young Hmong woman’s face when she sees for the very first time on a map where Vietnam is and how big China – 35km from where we’re standing – [...]

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Published on : 13 Aug 2009

CMA to honour McGill AIDS Centre’s Dr. Mark Wainberg

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) will present the 2009 CMA Medal of Honour to McGill AIDS Centre Director Dr. Mark A. Wainberg, one of the first Canadian scientists to study HIV/AIDS and a tireless global advocate for funding of HIV intervention programs and universal access to prevention, care and treatment programs. Wainberg is the 26th recipient [...]

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Published on : 13 Aug 2009

Stones and beer bike tour

The ever-popular stones and beer bike tour exploring the secrets held in the citys building stones will be winding its way through the streets once again on Sunday, August 16. Beginning with ancient fossils at the Redpath Museum, the tour travels west along Sherbrooke St. to the Sulpicians reflecting pool at the Grand [...]

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Published on : 12 Aug 2009

Gerald Allan Cohen (1941 – 2009)

By McGill Reporter Staff On August 5, the world lost one of its preeminent philosophers when Professor G.A. (Jerry) Cohen died of a stroke at the age of 68. Considered one of the foremost philosopher’s of the left, Cohen – who earned his BA from McGill in 1961 – published his most influential book, Karl Marx’s [...]

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Published on : 12 Aug 2009

Human mind: sound and vision wired through same ‘black box’

Sounds and images share a similar neural code in the human brain, according to a new Canadian study. In the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), scientists from the Université de Montréal and the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University explain how the same neural code in the brain allows people to distinguish between different types of sounds,

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Published on : 12 Aug 2009

Gas leak forces evacuation

About 200 people were evacuated from four University buildings Tuesday at lunch hour after construction workers accidentally severed a three-quarter-inch gas pipe outside the Otto Maass Chemistry Building near the corner of University and Sherbrooke streets. Otto Maas was immediately evacuated, along with the Pulp and Paper Institute next door and Royal Victoria College (RVC) across [...]

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Published on : 11 Aug 2009

To water or not to water, that is the question

The fact of the matter is most lawns don’t need to be watered unless they have been newly seeded. If your lawn is comprised of grass that is natural to your climate then it will be accustomed to the amount of rain in your region and you run the risk of overwatering it. Don’t forget [...]

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Published on : 11 Aug 2009

McGill/JGH researchers successfully reverse multiple sclerosis in animals

New immune-suppressing treatment forces the disease into remission in mice By Mark Shainblum Researchers at McGill and the Jewish General Hospital have struck what may be the penultimate blow in the war against multiple sclerosis (MS.) A new experimental treatment completely reverses the devastating autoimmune disorder in mice and might work exactly the same way in humans. MS [...]

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Published on : 11 Aug 2009

Discovery of genetic mutation in Leigh syndrome

Researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro), McGill University have discovered a genetic mutation underlying late-onset Leigh syndrome, a rare inherited metabolic disorder characterized by the degeneration of the central nervous system.

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Published on : 11 Aug 2009

Temp work strains employee mental health

Temp work strains employee mental health New McGill research shows temporary and short-term contract jobs contribute to psychological distress and depression

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Published on : 10 Aug 2009