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2011-05-31 11:55:00

Researchers said that the woolly mammoth may have mated with a much larger elephant species. Woolly mammoths roamed the planet for over a million years, ranging from Europe to Asia to North America.  Nearly all these mammals vanished from Siberia about 10,000 years ago, although dwarf mammoths survived until 3,700 years ago. Although woolly mammoths lived in the cold of the tundra, the Columbia mammoth preferred the more temperate regions of southern and central North America. "We are...

2011-05-11 19:30:50

New research from McMaster University may answer a controversial question: do the blind have a better sense of touch because the brain compensates for vision loss or because of heavy reliance on their fingertips? The study, published in the most recent edition of the Journal of Neuroscience, suggests daily dependence on touch is the answer. Twenty-eight profoundly blind participants"”with varying degrees of Braille expertise"”and 55 normally sighted adults were tested for touch...

2011-04-25 12:39:07

An over-the-counter drug used to treat diarrhea combined with minocycline, an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections, could one day change the lives of those living with cystic fibrosis. Researchers at McMaster University have discovered this creative approach to tackle antibiotic resistance to bacterial infections, a frequent complication of those with cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis is the most common, fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults. "Antibiotic...

2011-04-04 22:10:52

In the future you may hear the doctor say: "Give me your arm and I'll do some heart surgery." A landmark international study coordinated by the Population Health Research Institute of McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences has found accessing blocked arteries through the forearm compared to groin led to fewer vascular complications and similar success rates for angioplasty. The large, multi-centre randomized trial "“ the first of its kind to compare radial access and femoral...

2011-03-31 10:43:00

Poll highlights need to transform 'risk' into true opportunity To view the Social Media Release, click here: http://smr.newswire.ca/en/microsoft-canada/canadian-business-leaders-who-innovate TORONTO, March 31 /PRNewswire/ - A large majority of Canadians and Americans believe business leaders need to be open to take more intelligent risks in order to create innovation, a Microsoft Canada survey conducted by Harris/Decima revealed today. The survey polled senior and...

2011-03-25 19:03:34

Energy audit model developed can apply to other schools A two-year energy audit of Hamilton schools has identified energy conservation measures that could reduce their energy costs by almost $2.4 million annually. The audit was conducted by engineering faculty and students at McMaster University The measures, presented today to officials from the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board and the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board, range from recaulking windows, adding insulation...

2011-03-23 20:53:57

'Cross-talk' between bacteria in our gut and our brain A lot of chatter goes on inside each one of us and not all of it happens between our ears. Researchers at McMaster University discovered that the "cross-talk" between bacteria in our gut and our brain plays an important role in the development of psychiatric illness, intestinal diseases and probably other health problems as well including obesity. "The wave of the future is full of opportunity as we think about how microbiota or bacteria...

2011-03-16 18:33:45

Children and adolescents growing up with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are less fit than their peers, says a study by researchers at McMaster University and the McMaster Children's Hospital. The study, published in the Journal of Pediatrics online, shows children and youth with the most common forms of inflammatory bowel disease have aerobic fitness levels 25 per cent lower than other children their age, and their muscle function is 10 per cent lower. "Raising a child with a chronic...

2011-02-28 16:34:00

HAMILTON and MARKHAM, Ontario, Feb. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it is collaborating with McMaster University to improve the energy uses and supplies in its buildings campus-wide. The new technology, which will debut at McMaster University, will assess, simulate and forecast energy consumption from 60 campus buildings and a university hospital using the latest modeling techniques in physics, mathematics and statistics. (Logo:...

2011-02-10 15:43:50

New findings from a McMaster University-led study of a drug recently identified to prevent stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation have been published in the high-impact New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) today. The investigators are now reporting that, in high risk patients who have already had a stroke or warning stroke, apixaban reduces stroke or embolism from 8.3% per year on aspirin to 2.5% per year. This means that one stroke would be prevented, each year, for every 20 of these...


Word of the Day
penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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