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2009-09-01 12:40:00

Juice extracted from North American lowbush blueberries, biotransformed with bacteria from the skin of the fruit, holds great promise as an anti-obesity and anti-diabetic agent. The study, published in the International Journal of Obesity, was conducted by researchers from the Universit© de Montr©al, the Institute Armand-Frappier and the Universit© de Moncton who tested the effects of biotransformed juices compared to regular blueberry drinks on mice."Results of this study...

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2009-08-28 08:50:00

International investigation published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry Almost 15 percent of preschoolers have atypically high levels of depression and anxiety, according to a new study published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. The five-year investigation also found that children with atypically high depression and anxiety levels are more likely to have mothers with a history of depression. The study was conducted in Canada by an international team of...

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2009-08-13 10:35:00

Sounds and images share a similar neural code in the human brain, according to a new Canadian study. In the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), scientists from the Universit© de Montr©al and the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University explain how the same neural code in the brain allows people to distinguish between different types of sounds, such as speech and music, or different images.Participants were recruited to undergo...

2009-07-21 19:03:31

Women who have premature menopause because of medical interventions are at an increased risk of developing lung cancer, according to a new study published in the International Journal of Cancer. The startling link was made by epidemiologists from the Universit© de Montr©al, the Research Centre of the Centre Hospitalier de l'Universit© de Montr©al and the INRS"”Institut Armand-Frappier."We found that women who experienced non-natural menopause are at almost twice the...

2009-06-21 12:54:22

A discovery by a team of Canadian and American researchers could provide new ways to fight HIV-AIDS. According to a new study published in Nature Medicine, HIV-AIDS could be treated through a combination of targeted chemotherapy and current Highly Active Retroviral (HAART) treatments. This radical new therapy would make it possible to destroy both the viruses circulating in the body as well as those playing hide-and-seek in immune system cells. The study was led by Dr. Rafick-Pierre...

2009-06-16 10:51:00

Autistics are up to 40 percent faster at problem-solving than non-autistics, according to a new Universit© de Montr©al and Harvard University study published in the journal Human Brain Mapping. As part of the investigation, participants were asked to complete patterns in the Raven's Standard Progressive Matrices (RSPM) "“ test that measures hypothesis-testing, problem-solving and learning skills."While both groups performed RSPM test with equal accuracy, the autistic group...

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2009-05-28 11:29:27

Study from Universite de Montreal and University of Western Ontario published in Addiction Sipping wine, beer or spirits three to four times per week increases the risk of binge drinking, particularly among young men, according to a new study published in the journal Addiction. Researchers from the Universit© de Montr©al and the University of Western Ontario analyzed the drinking habits of Canadians and found that frequent alcohol consumption can lead to binge drinking among all...

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2009-05-28 07:20:54

Our brain is wired to identify gender based on facial cues and coloring, according to a new study published in the Journal of Vision. Psychology Professor Fr©d©ric Gosselin and his Universit© de Montr©al team found the luminescence of the eyebrow and mouth region is vital in rapid gender discrimination. "As teenagers, dimorphism (systematic difference between sexes) increases in the nose, chin, mouth, jaw, eyes and general shape of faces," says Nicolas Dupuis-Roy, lead...

2009-05-13 08:10:16

University of Montreal and Sainte-Justine Hospital Research Center lead research published in International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity A new study has sounded the alarm that the majority of Canadian adults are inactive over their lifespan and don't exercise enough during their leisure time. Published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, the study is unique in that it collected information over two decades from the 1981 Canada...

2009-05-06 10:28:47

Collaborative Canada-France study published in European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology Nausea and vomiting are telltale indicators of pregnancy, affecting more than 80 percent of future mothers. For a few moms-to-be, symptoms can become so severe that hospitalization is required. Yet a new medication protocol, introduced by the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Center, appears effective in improving symptoms more quickly and provides a safer option than those...


Word of the Day
out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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