Highlights / McGill

Health, Internet, Science and Technology

New technique greatly improves amputees’ quality of life

A new technique to improve the lives of amputees was performed for the first time in Quebec recently. It involves a titanium rod inserted into the femur and extending outside the body. A prosthesis is then attached to the rod.» 

Health, International, Internet, Science and Technology

When a common medical research tool is not entirely accurate

Medical research into the complex and detailed field of cell function, genetics, and related diseases use antibodies to detect where proteins are in the cell and their number.  Proteins are biomolecules that translate information from an organism’s genes into the» 

Economy, Health, Society

Premium tea: Are you drinking microplastics?

It what may be a surprising if not alarming study, drinkers of premium teas could be ingesting substantial amounts of microplastics. The study from McGill University in Montreal examined the use of so-called “silken” teabags instead of typical paper teabags.» 

Health, Internet, Science and Technology

Training brain surgeons with VR and AI

It’s a technology that is revolutionising surgical training. When a surgeon starts to work on you, you’d like them to be experienced. Typically though that comes with practice. Now as in the airline industry, that practice and dealing with unexpected» 

Economy, Society

Airbnb and effect on rental housing market

Looking to rent an apartment or home and finding options limited and costs rising quickly? A new study seems to confirm earlier studies that suggest Airbnb and other short-term rental services are the cause. The latest report from McGill University» 

International, Politics

Iran-US tensions, cranked up another two notches

World oil prices climbed today on the news that Iran shot down a U.S. drone in a further incident in the latest escalation of tensions between the two countries. The U.S. has already accused Iran of attaching mines to oil» 

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»