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New genetics findings unravel key components of fracture risk in osteoporosis

The largest study ever to investigate the genetics of osteoporosis and fracture risk determined that only two examined factors – bone mineral density (BMD) and muscle strength – play a potentially causal role in the risk of suffering osteoporotic fracture, a major health problem affecting more than 9 million people worldwide very year....

Published: 30 Aug 2018

The link between obesity, the brain, and genetics

When it comes to weight gain, the problem may be mostly in our heads, and our genes

Clinicians should consider how the way we think can make us vulnerable to obesity, and how obesity is genetically intertwined with brain structure and mental performance, according to new research.

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Published: 28 Aug 2018

How we judge personality from faces depends on our pre-existing beliefs about how personality works

PHOTO: In a series of experiments, NYU researchers tested how much we believe different traits co-occur in other people's personalities—for instance, how much we think competence co-occurs with friendliness in others. They then used a method able to visualize the subjects’ mental image of a personality trait, allowing them to see if subjects who believe competent people tend to also be friendly have mental images of a competent face and friendly face that are physically more resembling....

Published: 27 Aug 2018

Analyzing extreme weather and climate: a new statistical tool

Due to processes occurring over vast ranges of scale, from fast to slow and from small to large, extreme weather and climate events aren’t as rare as scientists have thought – and that could complicate efforts to determine when extreme events signal perilous climate change, according to a new analysis published in the journal Scientific Reports. ...

Published: 23 Aug 2018

Carbon reserves in Central American soils still affected by ancient Mayan deforestation

Deforestation is suspected to have contributed to the mysterious collapse of Mayan civilization more than 1,000 years ago. A new study shows that the forest-clearing also decimated carbon reservoirs in the tropical soils of the Yucatan peninsula region long after ancient cities were abandoned and the forests grew back.

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Published: 20 Aug 2018

New technology can detect hundreds of proteins in a single sample

New technology developed by a team of McGill University scientists shows potential to streamline the analysis of proteins, offering a quick, high volume and cost-effective tool to hospitals and research labs alike.

Proteins found in blood provide scientists and clinicians with key information on our health. These biological markers can determine if a chest pain is caused by a cardiac event or if a patient has cancer.

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Published: 13 Aug 2018

NSERC awards $9.9M to McGill-led research projects

By Amanda Testani

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Published: 10 Aug 2018

Nordic nations, North Americans and Antipodeans rank top in navigation skills

People in Nordic countries, North America, Australia, and New Zealand have the best spatial navigational abilities, according to a new study led by UCL and the University of East Anglia.

Researchers assessed data from over half a million people in 57 countries who played a specially-designed mobile game, which has been developed to aid understanding into spatial navigation, a key indicator in Alzheimer’s disease.

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Published: 9 Aug 2018

“Citizen Science” field observations yield updated predicted distributions for rare species

Online “citizen science” data initiatives may be able to help map the distribution of rare species in the wild, according to a study published August 8 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Yifu Wang of McGill University and colleagues. 

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Published: 8 Aug 2018

Paul Gérin-Lajoie 1920 - 2018

The University Flag is lowered August 9, 2018, on the day of the state funeral, for The Honourable Paul Gerin-Lajoie; C.C., G.O.Q., L.L.D. honoris causa.

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Published: 7 Aug 2018

Update: McIntyre Medical Building

Following the July 13 McIntyre fire, regular activities have gradually resumed in roughly half of the building. Floors 7 and up have largely seen a return to normal operations.

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Published: 3 Aug 2018

Latent TB Treatment: Shorter is Better

Treatment of latent tuberculosis is set to transform after a pair of studies from the Research-Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) revealed that a shorter treatment was safer and more effective in children and adults compared to the current standard. These findings are published today in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Published: 2 Aug 2018

Chirality switching in biomineral structures

Researchers at McGill University have discovered a mechanism by which helical biomineral structures can be synthesized to spiral clockwise or counterclockwise using only either the left-handed or right-handed version of a single acidic amino acid.

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Published: 1 Aug 2018

Nano-sized traps show promise in diagnosing pathogenic bacterial infections

A new type of “lab on a chip” developed by McGill University scientists has the potential to become a clinical tool capable of detecting very small quantities of disease-causing bacteria in just minutes.

The device designed by Sara Mahshid, Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at McGill, is made of nano-sized “islands,” about one tenth of the thickness of a single human hair, which act as bacterial traps or snares.

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Published: 30 Jul 2018

AACR Announces New Editors-in-Chief of Cancer Prevention Research

PHILADELPHIA — The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is pleased to announce the appointments of Raymond N. DuBois, MD, PhD, and Michael N. Pollak, MD, as editors-in-chief of Cancer Prevention Research, one of eight highly esteemed journals published by the AACR. DuBois and Pollak began their tenures as editors-in-chief July 1, 2018.

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Published: 26 Jul 2018

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