Research has suggested that a particular gene in the brain’s reward system contributes to overeating and obesity in adults. This same variant has now been linked to childhood obesity and tasty food choices, particularly for girls, according to a new study by Dr. Patricia Silveira and Prof. Michael Meaney of McGill and Dr. Robert Levitan of the University of Toronto.
If a man and a woman of similar age walk up a steep hill side-by-side, the woman will most likely run out of breath faster than her companion. That’s because the smaller size of a woman’s lungs, her narrower air passages, and weaker respiratory muscles make breathing during exercise, quite literally, more work for her. A new study led by Prof. Dennis Jensen of McGill’s Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education explains why this is the case.
It used to be we were impressed by phones that could tell us where the nearest pizzeria was located. Now, thanks to an award-winning self-screening strategy developed by Dr. Nitika Pant Pai and her team, smart phones have become essential tools to help people test themselves for the Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Yes, smart phones just got a whole lot smarter.
A joint Ēcole Polytechnique-McGill discussion paper on energy recommends key changes to Québec government thinking on energy policy to encourage more innovative, long-term solutions and lessen the impact of politics on decision-making.
In a new study from The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital and McGill with colleagues at the Université de Montréal, researchers have discovered that nerve cells have a special ‘pre-assembly’ technique to expedite the manufacture of proteins at nerve cell connections (synapses), enabling the brain to rapidly form memories and be plastic.
If the northern ecosystem is going to keep on keeping carbon out of the atmosphere, says a group of international scientists that includes McGill’s Nigel Roulet, half of Canada’s 5.8-million-square-kilometre boreal forests must be protected from any kind of development.
What exactly happened 150 million years ago to turn dinosaurs into the fine feathered friends we know today? New fossil data shows that every time a dinosaur grew its limbs, a bird got its wings.
A team of scientists from Arizona State, McGill, Colorado State, and Yale universities are launching a new collaborative project to learn how human behaviour, market forces and ecological systems interact over time to affect the outcomes of locust swarms. The researchers will conduct studies in China, Senegal and Australia — countries that depend on livestock production and each home to locust outbreaks that may be linked to degraded livestock pastures.
The brown, smog-filled skies that engulf Beijing have earned China a poor reputation for environmental stewardship. But a study by an international and interdisciplinary team of environmental scientists, including McGill’s Brian Robinson, has found that a government-run clean water program is providing substantial benefit to millions of people in the nation’s capital.
The age at which children learn a second language can have a significant bearing on the structure of their adult brain, according to a joint study by the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – The Neuro at McGill University and Oxford University.