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Differences in U.S. infant mortality rates among black and white babies

A new research letter published by JAMA Pediatrics examined trends in overall and cause-specific infant mortality rates between non-Hispanic black and white infants because infant mortality is an important indicator of population health.

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Published: 5 Jul 2017

How a few drops of blood led to a breakthrough in immunology

Scientists from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) may have cracked the code to understanding the function of special cells called regulatory T Cells. Treg cells, as they are often known, control and regulate our immune system to prevent excessive reactions....

Published: 5 Jul 2017

Cancer researchers overestimate reproducibility of preclinical studies

Cancer scientists overestimate the extent to which high-profile preclinical studies can be successfully replicated, new research from McGill University suggests.

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Published: 29 Jun 2017

No detectable limit to how long people can live

Emma Morano passed away last April. At 117 years old, the Italian woman was the oldest known living human being.

Super- centenarians, such as Morano and Jeanne Calment of France, who famously lived to be 122 years old, continue to fascinate scientists and have led them to wonder just how long humans can live. A study published in Nature last October concluded that the upper limit of human age is peaking at around 115 years.

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Published: 28 Jun 2017

Erasure of negative memories one step closer to reality

Scientists have known for some time that a memory is stored in the brain through changes in the strength of particular synapses, the structures that pass signals between neurons. However, how the change in strength persisted remained a mystery. Solving this mystery has important implications for remedying neurological and psychological disorders.

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Published: 27 Jun 2017

Biofilms—the eradication has begun

Canadian scientists take a step forward in the fight against microbial armour‎. Read more here.

Published: 26 Jun 2017

$3 million for research to help farmers cut greenhouse gas emissions

Two McGill University research projects aimed at helping farmers mitigate greenhouse gas emissions will receive nearly $3 million in funding from the Government of Canada, federal officials announced. 

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Jean-Claude Poissant, and Francis Scarpaleggia, Member of Parliament for Lac-Saint-Louis, made the announcement today at McGill’s Macdonald Campus in Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Que.

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Published: 13 Jun 2017

A more sustainable way to refine metals

A team of chemists in Canada has developed a way to process metals without using toxic solvents and reagents....
Published: 7 Jun 2017

Brain area involved in addiction activated earlier than previously thought in recreational cocaine users

Even among non-dependent cocaine users, cues associated with consumption of the drug lead to dopamine release in an area of the brain thought to promote compulsive use, according to researchers at McGill University.

The findings, published in Scientific Reports, suggest that people who consider themselves recreational users could be further along the road to addiction than they might have realized.

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Published: 23 May 2017

Teaching practices could play an important role in preventing bullying

Classrooms that encourage competition between students may inadvertently be creating settings where bullying is more likely to take place. That’s one of the conclusions that can be drawn from work led by McGill University researchers Maria Di Stasio and Robert Savage, who recently published a paper on the subject in the Journal of Adolescence. But it’s only part of the story.

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Published: 23 May 2017

Turning skin cells into brain cells

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Published: 17 May 2017

Diabetes drug may help symptoms of autism-associated condition

Metformin, the most widely used drug to treat type 2 diabetes, could potentially be used to treat symptoms of Fragile X syndrome, an inherited form of intellectual disability and a cause of some forms of autism.

A new study led by researchers at McGill University, the University of Edinburgh and Université de Montréal has found that metformin improves social, behavioural and morphological defects in Fragile X mice.

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Published: 15 May 2017

McGill University set to become world leader in retail management education thanks to a $25-million gift from the Bensadoun Family Foundation

Retail icon and philanthropist Aldo Bensadoun has stepped forward with a visionary gift to his alma mater, McGill University, aimed at creating new knowledge and developing leaders for the rapidly changing retail industry....
Published: 12 May 2017

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