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Flameproof Falcons and Hawks

A Cooper’s hawk, found in Greater Vancouver, is the most polluted wild bird that has been found anywhere in the world. The levels of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in the contaminated Cooper's hawk were 196 parts per million, significantly...
22-Apr-2015 3:05 PM EDT

Arctic Beetles May Be Ideal Marker of Climate Change


Researchers need to find ways to measure how the changes in climate are affecting biodiversity. One of the best places to look may be down at our feet, at beetles. That`s because, as a McGill research team discovered after doing the first...
20-Apr-2015 6:05 PM EDT

Could Maple Syrup Help Cut Use of Antibiotics?

A concentrated extract of maple syrup makes disease-causing bacteria more susceptible to antibiotics, according to laboratory experiments by researchers at McGill University. The findings suggest that combining maple syrup extract with common...
16-Apr-2015 12:05 PM EDT

Domestic Violence Deters Contraception


A major study published in PLOS One showed that women who are abused by their partner or ex-partner are much less likely to use contraception; this exposes them to sexually transmitted diseases and leads to more frequent unintended pregnancies and...
31-Mar-2015 11:05 AM EDT

Genetics: No Evidence of Role in Racial Mortality Gap


There is still no evidence of genetic difference between blacks and whites to account for the health disparities in cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to a new study by McGill University researchers. Published in the American Journal of...
16-Mar-2015 10:05 AM EDT

Honey I Shrunk the Ants: How Environment Controls Size


Until now scientists have believed that the variations in traits such as our height, skin colour, tendency to gain weight or not, intelligence, tendency to develop certain diseases, etc., all of them traits that exist along a continuum, were a...
10-Mar-2015 5:00 PM EDT

Brain Development Controlled by Epigenetic Factor

McGill researchers have discovered, for the first time, the importance of a key epigenetic regulator in the development of the hippocampus, a part of the brain associated with learning, memory and neural stem cells.
10-Mar-2015 5:05 PM EDT

Most Information in Drug Development Is Lost

Lots of potentially useful medical information is getting lost. McGill researchers discovered this when they looked into the lack of reporting of information from “stalled drug” trials in cancer, cardiovascular and neurological diseases.
9-Mar-2015 11:05 AM EDT

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