High incidence of bowel disease seen in people with lung conditions

Research and Discovery

People with airway diseases, including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), have a higher incidence of inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, according to the findings of a new study. The research is the first population-based study to examine the association between airway diseases and the incidence of bowel disease.

Oral cancer-causing HPV may spread through oral and genital routes

Research and Discovery

Oral human papillomavirus (HPV) infections were more common among men who had female partners with oral and/or genital HPV infection, suggesting that the transmission of HPV occurs via oral-oral and oral-genital routes, according to a McGill University study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

Innovation Week challenges participants to ‘take the normal path and bend it’

News

For the second year in a row, McGill students, graduates, professors and professionals gathered around a series of events as part of McGill Innovation Week. Fourteen events played out during the first week of November, offering activities both on the McGill campus, as well as in Montreal’s Quartier de l’innovation (QI).

Total recall: Science or science fiction?

Research and Discovery

Is it possible to change the amount of information the brain can store? Maybe, according to a new international study led by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC). Their research has identified a molecule that puts a brake on brain processing and when removed, brain function and memory recall is improved. Published in the latest issue of Cell Reports, the study has implications for neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative diseases, such as autism spectral disorders and Alzheimer’s disease.

Long-term benefits of popular diets are less than evident

Research and Discovery

Research conducted at the Lady Davis Institute concludes there is insufficient, and conflicting, data to determine if popular diets such as Atkins, South Beach, Weight Watchers, and Zone are more beneficial for weight loss and heart health

Study sheds light on genetic architecture of kidney cancer

Research and Discovery

A new study on a large cohort of kidney cancer patients in Europe sheds light on the genetic architecture of the disease — and reveals an apparent link between exposure to aristolochic acid and incidence of kidney cancer, particularly in Romania.

Lowering cholesterol early is key to preventing aortic valve disease – MUHC researchers

Research and Discovery

An international research team led by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre and Lund University has provided new evidence that aortic valve disease may be preventable. The findings show that so-called “bad” cholesterol or low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (LDL-C) is a cause of aortic valve disease – a serious heart condition that affects around five million people in North America and is the most common cause for valve replacement.

Hiring freeze will help McGill keep salary-increase promises – Masi

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Imposing a hiring freeze for administrative staff at the University will help McGill to keep its promises and meet its obligations with regard to salary increases, while still respecting the provincial government’s demand that universities trim their administrative salary mass, Provost Anthony C. Masi told Open House forums on McGill’s financial situation held Monday.

Queen Victoria reigns supreme, off to finals of Canada’s Smartest Person

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Victoria Leenders-Cheng, a Communications Officer in the Faculty of Law, made a huge comeback in the final event in her episode of CBC’s Canada’s Smartest Person show to qualify for the finals, which will be aired on Nov. 23.

Why your brain makes you reach for junk food

Research and Discovery

Will that be a pizza for you or will you go for a salad? Choosing what you eat is not simply a matter of taste, conclude scientists in a new study at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre. As you glance over a menu or peruse the shelves in a supermarket, your brain is making decisions based more on a food’s caloric content.