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One in four women experience domestic violence before age 50

Over one in four women (or 27 per cent) experience intimate partner violence before the age of 50, according to a worldwide analysis led by researchers from McGill University and the World Health Organization. The largest of its kind, the analysis covers 366 studies involving more than 2 million women in 161 countries.

Published: 24 Mar 2022

Martha Crago Awarded the German Order of Merit

On March 22, Martha Crago, Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation, was presented with the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. The award was handed over by Germany’s Ambassador to Canada, Ms. Sabine Sparwasser, at a special ceremony at McGill University.

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Published: 22 Mar 2022

McGill University's New Vic Project moves to next level with support from Quebec government

McGill University welcomes the Quebec government's renewed commitment to its New Vic project as part of the 2022-2023 budget documents.

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Published: 22 Mar 2022

Amid war and disease, World Happiness Report shows bright spot

In this troubled time of war and pandemic, the World Happiness Report 2022 shows a bright light in dark times. According to the team of international researchers, including McGill University Professor Christopher Barrington-Leigh, the pandemic brought not only pain and suffering but also an increase in social support and benevolence.

Published: 18 Mar 2022

LSD, a future anti-anxiety pill?

The craze for psychedelics used for therapeutic purposes is real. However, the scientific evidence supporting their effectiveness and explaining their mode of action in treating mental health disorders is still very thin. A new study led by Dr.

Published: 17 Mar 2022

Largest ever psychedelics study maps changes of conscious awareness to neurotransmitter systems

Applying machine learning to a database of testimonials uncovers how drug-induced changes in subjective awareness are mechanistically rooted in the human brain

Psychedelics are now a rapidly growing area of neuroscience and clinical research, one that may produce much-needed new therapies for disorders such as depression and schizophrenia. Yet there is still a lot to know about how these drug agents alter states of consciousness.

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Published: 16 Mar 2022

More than half of students who took part in survey on Law 21 say they will leave Quebec to find work

Researchers from McGill and Concordia universities have teamed up to examine how Quebec's secularism law, Law 21, is affecting the career choices and experiences of discrimination of students, particularly in the province's faculties of law and education. The law, which bans some public servants, including teachers in the public system and prosecutors, from wearing religious symbols at work, was implemented in June 2019.

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Published: 16 Mar 2022

Compulsive exercise is a socially acceptable prison cell

Compulsive exercise (CE) gets little attention, despite being a fairly common and serious condition. There is no universally recognized definition of compulsive exercise, though it involves being obsessed and all-consumed by exercising, and those who suffer from it often describe themselves as being miserable, in pain, or depressed all the time.

Published: 15 Mar 2022

Société des Alcools du Québec (SAQ) & Bensadoun School join forces

Consumer behaviour has changed dramatically during the pandemic. Public health restrictions have played a major role, but a trend toward e-commerce and omni-channel retail was already underway. It has only accelerated.

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Published: 12 Mar 2022

Stemming the tide of invasive species

Ballast water release from ocean vessels has introduced hundreds of invasive species to coastal ecosystems worldwide, causing major disruptions to fisheries and biodiversity. Attempts to control aquatic invasions have met with mixed success in general.

Published: 11 Mar 2022

Artificial intelligence tutoring outperforms expert instructors in neurosurgical training

Machine learning algorithms enhanced technical performance and learning outcomes during simulated brain tumor removal

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented both challenges and opportunities for medical training. Remote learning technology has become increasingly important in several fields. A new study finds that in a remote environment, an artificial intelligence (AI) tutoring system can outperform expert human instructors.

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Published: 22 Feb 2022

Face masks impair nonverbal communication between individuals

Since the onset of the worldwide pandemic, face masks have been widely adopted to control the spread of COVID-19. While masks are critical for mitigating disease contagion, they hide parts of our faces which are used for nonverbal communication to express our emotions and intentions.

Published: 21 Feb 2022

Child marriages violating statutory rape laws in many U.S. states

In many U.S. states, children can legally marry at an earlier age than they can consent to sex, leading to situations where sex between spouses may be a criminal act. Some states exempt sex between married spouses from their definition of statutory rape, which may create perverse incentives for child marriage, according to researchers from McGill University.

Published: 17 Feb 2022

Prioritizing supports to specific neighbourhoods is key to curbing COVID-19 transmission

The COVID-19 pandemic has uneven impacts across cities and provinces, with some regions struggling more than others. A new study shows hotspots of COVID-19 infections across Canadian cities are linked to occupation, income, housing, and markers for structural racism.

Published: 14 Feb 2022

Understanding how your romantic partner sees your emotions may help couples cope with conflict

A study by researchers at McGill University is shedding new light on the importance of the perception of emotion in romantic relationships. The all-McGill team found that, regardless of how an individual is truly feeling, knowing their partner sees their emotions as a typical reaction to a given situation may lead to better relations within a couple − especially in situations of conflict.

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Published: 13 Feb 2022


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