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Obesity may shorten life expectancy up to eight years

Fri, 2014-12-05 14:07

Canadian researchers put numbers on health risk

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Social media data contain pitfalls for understanding human behaviour

Wed, 2014-12-03 11:07

Researchers urged to hone methods for mining social-media data

By Chris Chipello

A growing number of academic researchers are mining social media data to learn about both online and offline human behaviour. In recent years, studies have claimed the ability to predict everything from summer blockbusters to fluctuations in the stock market.

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Fragile X study offers hope of new autism treatment

Mon, 2014-12-01 10:07

Drug reverses behavioural symptoms in mice with a version of autism

By Cynthia Lee

People affected by a common inherited form of autism could be helped by a drug that is being tested as a treatment for cancer, according to researchers from McGill and the University of Edinburgh.

Fragile X Syndrome is the most common genetic cause of autism spectrum disorders. It affects around 1 in 4,000 boys and 1 in 6,000 girls. Currently, there is no cure.

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High incidence of bowel disease seen in people with lung conditions

Mon, 2014-11-24 15:08

By Tod Hoffman

People with airway diseases, including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), have a higher incidence of inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, according to the findings of a new study.

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Oral cancer-causing HPV may spread through oral and genital routes

Thu, 2014-11-20 11:08

McGill study helps identify those most at risk for oral human papillomavirus (HPV)

By Cynthia Lee

Oral human papillomavirus (HPV) infections were more common among men who had female partners with oral and/or genital HPV infection, suggesting that the transmission of HPV occurs via oral-oral and oral-genital routes, according to a McGill University study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

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Total recall: Science or science fiction?

Mon, 2014-11-17 08:10

Study identifies new player in brain function and memory

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Long-term benefits of popular diets are less than evident

Thu, 2014-11-13 10:12

By Todd Hoffman

Popular commercial diets can help you lose some weight in the short term, but keeping the weight off after the first year and the diet’s impact on heart health are unclear, according to a study conducted at the Lady Davis Institute (LDI) at the Jewish General Hospital (JGH) and published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, a journal of the American Heart Association.

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Study sheds light on genetic architecture of kidney cancer

Mon, 2014-11-03 13:20

Research reveals link between renal cell carcinoma and exposure to aristolochic acid

By McGill Reporter Staff

A new study on a large cohort of kidney cancer patients in Europe sheds light on the genetic architecture of the disease — and reveals an apparent link between exposure to aristolochic acid and incidence of kidney cancer, particularly in Romania.

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Why your brain makes you reach for junk food

Mon, 2014-10-20 14:04

New study examines link between brain cortex and food buying habits

By Anita Kar

Will that be a pizza for you or will you go for a salad? Choosing what you eat is not simply a matter of taste, conclude scientists in a new study at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre. As you glance over a menu or peruse the shelves in a supermarket, your brain is making decisions based more on a food’s caloric content.

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