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2012-11-09 12:24:42

Publishing house acclaimed for record of invigorating and broadening the field of Canadian History TORONTO, Nov. 9, 2012 /CNW/ - Between the Lines books (BTL) has been awarded the prestigious annual $10,000 Wilson Prize for Publishing Canadian History "for its record of invigorating and broadening the field of Canadian History."  With this prize, the Wilson Institute for Canadian History at McMaster University recognizes BTL's "outstanding books on Canadian history, society, and...

Swimming With Hormones Ancient Urges That Drive The Social Decisions Of Fish Unraveled
2012-10-09 17:54:11

Researchers have discovered that a form of oxytocin–the hormone responsible for making humans fall in love–has a similar effect on fish, suggesting it is a key regulator of social behavior that has evolved and endured since ancient times. The findings, published in the latest edition of the journal Animal Behaviour, help answer an important evolutionary question: why do some species develop complex social behaviors while others spend much of their lives alone? "We know how...

2012-08-20 23:01:30

Dr. James Orbinski, a globally recognized humanitarian practitioner and advocate, as well as a leading scholar in global health, has been appointed as Director of the Africa Initiative at The Centre for International Governance Innovation. Waterloo, Ontario (PRWEB) August 20, 2012 Dr. James Orbinski has been appointed Director of the Africa Initiative, effective September 2012, The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) announced today. He also will be a senior adviser to...

2012-07-10 06:25:50

Ranked as one of the top clinical GI journals BETHESDA, Md., July 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Journal of Gastroenterology increased its impact factor from 6.88 in 2010 to 7.28 in 2011, a measure of the number of citations a journal receives to articles published in the past two years. With this strong showing on a quantitative measure of a journal's importance and standing within its field, AJG ranks sixth out of seventy-four scientific journals in gastroenterology...

2012-06-06 10:26:54

A simple blood test can help identify people who are at high risk of dying within the month after non-cardiac surgery, a study by McMaster University researchers has found. Knowing who is at risk through the test called Troponin T (a protein marker of heart injury) can help physicians target patients who need enhanced observation or interventions, says the major study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Currently, troponin levels are not commonly measured...

2012-05-25 23:00:51

Mohawk College brings together Ontario college and university students to find solutions for healthcare technology issues. (PRWEB) May 25, 2012 With 100 industry professionals from over 20 attending organizations, and more than 60 students from colleges and universities from across Ontario, Mohawk College´s second annual AppsforHealth event was a much anticipated success. The two-day event provided students and professionals with the opportunity to interact and discuss varying...

New Drug Kills Cancer Cells Without Toxic Effects
2012-05-25 05:22:38

Connie K. Ho for RedOrbit.com A group of researchers from McMaster University have found a new drug that can kill cancer stem cells in humans while avoiding the toxic side effects of other traditional cancer treatments. Over the past 15 years, researchers have thought that stem cells were the cause of many cancers. Canadian researchers first discovered cancer stem cells in particular types of leukemia in 1997. Since then, cancer stem cells have been found in blood, breast, brain,...

2012-05-09 21:03:41

After completing the first study of its kind, researchers at McMaster University have discovered that very early musical training benefits children even before they can walk or talk. They found that one-year-old babies who participate in interactive music classes with their parents smile more, communicate better and show earlier and more sophisticated brain responses to music. The findings were published recently in the scientific journals Developmental Science and Annals of the New...

2012-04-30 10:25:38

Editors: links to video, a still image and the research paper appear below. HAMILTON, ON, April 30, 2012 /CNW/ - Urban beach closures due to coliform outbreaks have become disturbing signs of summer, yet water-testing technology has never been fast enough to keep up with changing conditions, nor accessible enough to check all waters. Now, Sentinel Bioactive Paper Network funded researchers at McMaster University have developed a rapid testing method using a simple paper strip...

2012-04-30 14:41:44

Urban beach closures due to coliform outbreaks have become disturbing signs of summer, yet water-testing technology has never been fast enough to keep up with changing conditions, nor accessible enough to check all waters. Now, researchers at McMaster University have developed a rapid testing method using a simple paper strip that can detect E. coli in recreational water within minutes. The new tool can close the gap between outbreak and detection, improving public safety. Scientists...