Potential gender bias against female researchers in peer review of research grants

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Female health researchers who applied for grants from Canada’s major health research funder were funded less often than male counterparts because of potential bias, and characteristics of peer reviewers can also affect the result, found a study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Safety concerns over tungsten

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New research shows how and where tungsten accumulates in bones of mice exposed to the element through drinking water. The findings, by a team of chemists and biologists at McGill, could add to doubts over the once-universal assumption that tungsten poses little or no health risk to the general human population. 

Time for bed: Bad sleep habits start early in school-age children

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Bad sleep habits in children begin earlier than many experts assume. That’s the takeaway from a new study led by McGill researchers. The findings suggest that official sleep guidelines for young school children should be revisited – and that parents ought to maintain firm bedtime rules throughout children’s primary-school years.

Meet RIPK3: Good Cop, Bad Cop, all rolled in one

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A team of scientists from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) and McGill, led by Immunologist Dr. Maziar Divangahi, have discovered a protein that could soon help minimize the impact of the influenza season and become a critical player in the fight against lung infections.

We’re not addicted to smartphones, we’re addicted to social interaction

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Neurobiology of mobile-device habits stems from a healthy human need to socialize, rooted in evolution, McGill researchers find

Unusual lung structures may raise risk of pulmonary disease

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The internal anatomy of our lungs is surprisingly variable, and some of those variations are associated with a greater risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a new study led by researchers at McGill and the Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Shining new light on rare diseases

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French and Canadian scientists make discovery that could affect diagnosis, genetic counselling and therapeutic approaches in patients with a rare condition.

Canadian brain bank network to advance research on Alzheimer’s

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To advance our understanding of dementia and contribute to the search for new treatments, the Government of Canada announced yesterday that it is investing $2.5 million in research. A pair of projects, led by McGill researchers Howard Chertkow and Nahum Sonenberg, will benefit from the funding.

Being bilingual may help children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) often have a hard time switching gears from one task to another. But being bilingual may actually make it a bit easier for them to do so, according to a new study which was recently published in Child Development.

A repeating fast radio burst from an extreme environment

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New detections of radio waves from a repeating fast radio burst have revealed an astonishingly potent magnetic field in the source’s environment, indicating that it is situated near a massive black hole or within a nebula of unprecedented power.