Is biodiverse agriculture an anachronism? Or is it a vital part of a food-secure future? Given the need to feed an estimated 2.4 billion more people by the year 2050, the drive toward large-scale, single-crop farming around the world may seem inexorable.
A new study by McGill will examine whether vaccinating only one partner in a couple against the human papillomavirus (HPV) can help prevent transmission of HPV to the unvaccinated partner. The study aims to determine the efficacy of an HPV vaccine in reducing transmission of genital, anal, and oral HPV infection in unvaccinated sexual partners of vaccinated individuals.
The groundwater footprint. If you haven’t heard that term yet, read on, because it soon could become as familiar as “carbon footprint.”
Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most common and deadly form of primary malignant brain cancer accounting for approximately 15 per cent of all brain tumours and occurring mostly in adults between the ages of 45 and 70. A new study from the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital identifies two specific key players in the growth of GBM.
Mothers get all the attention. But a study led by McGill researcher Sarah Kimmins suggests that the father’s diet before conception may play an equally important role in the health of their offspring. It also raises concerns about the long-term effects of current Western diets and of food insecurity.
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.