Highlights/McGill

Health, International, Internet, Science and Technology, Society

Cannabis: the young developing mind and later depression and suicidal tendencies

A new study finds an apparent association between consuming cannabis when young and a later incidence of depression and suicidal tendencies in young adults. Lead author of the study is Dr Gabriella Gobbi (PhD, M.D.). She is a professor of» 

Health

Deadly allergy from unknown cause not always well treated: study

An estimated 2.5 million Canadians live with anaphylaxis, that is the possibility they could die from an extreme allergic reaction, but some of them don’t know what the trigger is. Others may be tested and find out they are severely» 

Environment, Internet, Science and Technology

Making biodegradable plastic from animal shells

Scientists at McGill University have found a way to make plastics on a large scale from the shells of lobster, shrimp and other crustaceans as well as insects. There already are plastics that are biodegradable but the process of breaking» 

Health, Internet, Science and Technology

Pregnancy with no embryos linked to three genes

Scientists have puzzled over human pregnancies with no embryos since the time of Hippocrates, says scientist Rima Slim and now, she and other Canadian researchers have found three genes responsible for these so-called molar pregnancies. Searching for a genetic connection» 

Arts and Entertainment, Indigenous, Society

McGill University pressured to change sports team name

For almost 100 years some of the sports teams of Montreal’s McGill University have been had the nickname the “Redmen”. For the past few years that name has been labelled by some as being disrespectful to indigenous students. The Student» 

Health

Fewer babies sleep through the night than people may think: study

People in Canada and the western world tend to think babies should sleep through the night by the time they are six months to 12 months old. But a study out of McGill University found that many do not and» 

Health, International, Internet, Science and Technology

World first: blasting heart blockages

Innovation in medical procedure (video illustration at bottom) A new Canadian invention has been used to clear blocked heart arteries. The new technology has been used successfully for the first time at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). Dr. Stéphane» 

Health, International, Internet, Science and Technology

Another step toward defeating resistant/tolerant bacteria

Researchers in Canada have found a potential weakness in one of the most common, serious, and even deadly bacteria that has been difficult to treat with antibiotics. Dr. Dao Nguyen (MD. MSc), is a scientist from the Translational Research in» 

Health, International

Obesity: it’s in the mind and in brain anatomy (genes)

Uku Vainik (PhD) is a researcher at McGill University’s Montreal Neurological Institute, and at the Institute of Psychology, University of Tartu, Estonia. The typical thinking is that obesity is the result of overeating. The new study goes deeper into the» 

Health, Internet, Science and Technology, Society

Health myths debunked in new book

At a time when so many people believe crazy things they read on the internet, a McGill University professor has written a book to explain science and why people should put their faith in that instead. No, explains Joe Schwarcz,»