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Health, Internet, Science & Technology

Saliva tests are as good as nose swabbing for COVID-19: studies

Research indicates that saliva testing for COVID-19 is as good as nasopharyngeal (nasal) swabbing, but it is cheaper and easier to do. Studies from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) yield findings that could influence testing »

Health, Internet, Science & Technology

Could antidepressant slow the progression of COVID-19, ask researchers

Researchers in Montreal are studying whether the antidepressant fluvoxamine can reduce the severity of lung problems suffered by people COVID-19 infection. The Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal has been testing different drugs already approved for »

Health, Internet, Science & Technology

Canadian research identifies walking speed as predictor of dementia

The speed at which you walk, or the so-called gait speed, might be a predictor of dementia, according to new research by Canadian scientists. Researchers had long identified problems with memory and cognition as a predictor of dementia. However, a »

Health, Internet, Science & Technology

Canadian research finds clues to what makes some more vulnerable to COVID-19

What makes the elderly and people with underlying conditions more vulnerable to COVID-19? Why does the coronavirus infect certain animals but not the others? Finding answers to these questions could be the key to unlocking new treatments and therapies for »

Health, International, Internet, Science & Technology

McGill leads trials of drug to treat COVID-19

At the same time as scientists work at breakneck speed to develop vaccines to prevent COVID-19 infection, they are also researching drugs to treat people who have developed the disease. The Research Institute of the McGill University Health centre in »

Environment & Animal Life, Society

Research network created to safeguard national parks

The Canadian government has announced the creation of a Pan-Canadian Parks and Protected Areas Research Network. The network will to work to safeguard parks and protected areas and improve the management of them. Participants will include scientists, researchers, Indigenous knowledge »

Environment & Animal Life

Polar bear field research cancelled due to pandemic

For the first time since 1980, important field research on polar bears near Churchill, Manitoba will not take place and this, because of the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions.  Usually, in September, scientists get transportation by government helicopter so they »

Health

New Canada Post stamps honour medical contributions of six Canadians

Canada Post has issued a set of five commemorative stamps to honour the contributions made in the medical field by six Canadian physicians and researchers; Drs. Bruce Chown, Julio Montaner, Balfour Mount, M. Vera Peters, James Till and Ernest McCulloch.  »

Health, International, Internet, Science & Technology, Politics

Russia denies involvement in alleged hacking of COVID-19 vaccine research

Russia is denying claims by Canada, the U.K. and the U.S. that its intelligence services were behind a group of cyber hackers that tried to steal research into a possible vaccine for the virus that causes COVID-19. Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry »

Health, International, Internet, Science & Technology, Politics

Russian hackers targeted COVID-19 vaccine research, intelligence agencies say

A hacker group that “almost certainly operates as part of Russian intelligence services” has tried to steal COVID-19-related vaccine research in Canada, the U.K. and the U.S., according to a joint assessment by intelligence agencies in all three countries. The »