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THE CONVERSATION | A memory pill? Cognitive neuroscience’s contributions to the study of memory

During the first weeks of the new year, resolutions are often accompanied by attempts to learn new behaviours that improve health. We hope that old bad habits will disappear and new healthy habits will become automatic. But how can our brain be reprogrammed to assure that a new health habit can be learned and retained? 

Published: 22 Jan 2019

BBC NEWS | How socially-charged adverts could become the norm

“Anything done too much is going to saturate. If you take any advertising technique – sex, celebrities – that’s used consistently for a long period of time, people tune it out,” says Ashesh Mukherjee, an associate professor of marketing at McGill University. The hot-button issues-driven format simply is not common enough for now; we’re not near oversaturation yet.

Published: 21 Jan 2019

NATIONAL POST | McGill science group takes aim at pharmacies for selling 'quack' flu remedy

A McGill University science communication group is taking aim at a commonly available homeopathic flu remedy and questioning why pharmacies continue to sell what it calls “quack remedies.”

Published: 18 Jan 2019

THE GLOBE AND MAIL | For Indigenous kids' welfare, our government knows better; it just needs to do better

This week, the story of a newborn baby removed from her family in Manitoba added to a litany of reports about the over-representation of First Nations children in child welfare care. The number and persistence of these stories lead many to believe this is a problem without a solution. But real answers have been on the books for decades – governments just need to implement them.

Published: 17 Jan 2019

CTV NEWS | National dementia strategy should include input from patients, caregivers: report

"The report is not a plan," said Dr. Howard Bergman of McGill University, who chaired the six-member panel. "It will inform those preparing the plan by looking at the evidence and then assessing the best practices."

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Published: 16 Jan 2019

CBC NEWS | Canada's new justice minister is a Montrealer: Meet David Lametti

Colleagues of Canada's new Justice Minister David Lametti say that, before his career in politics, he was known for his generosity and mentorship as a law professor at McGill University. At McGill, Lametti focused his academic work on intellectual property, even pioneering it as a field of research in law at the university, according to Richard Gold, the associate dean of the McGill Faculty of Law graduate studies program.

Published: 15 Jan 2019

THE SWADDLE | Men and Women Remember Physical Pain Very Differently

After a physically painful experience, men’s memories can exaggerate the pain, which makes them more stressed about and sensitive to pain in the future, researchers at McGill University and the University of Toronto, Mississauga, have found. Women, on the other hand, handled pain like champs. 

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Published: 14 Jan 2019

CBC News | Signal from deep space is probably not aliens, just 'exotic physics': prof

The detection of a signal coming from deep space is definitely something to be excited about — but it's probably not aliens, warns one of the professors who helped build Canada's CHIME telescope.

Published: 14 Jan 2019

PLOS Biology | Ethical Oversights in Ethical Oversight of Animal Research

Article by Jonathan Kimmelman, Director of the Biomedical Ethics Unity in the Department of Social Studies of Medicine at McGill University, and is a member of the PLOS Biology Editorial Board.

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Published: 14 Jan 2019

CTV NEWS | App helps doctors measure, treat patients' wounds

Dr. Sheila Wang, a dermatologist at the McGill University Health Centre, came up with the idea for the app when she was in medical school and noticed that the standard practice was to measure wounds with rulers or other handheld instruments.

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Published: 19 Dec 2018

C2C JOURNAL | How to Take Back the Charter

Conversations among Canadian conservatives often drift into grumbling about the courts. Their complaint is with the judiciary’s decades-long campaign to remake the country in its progressive image, a process that began soon after adoption of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1982....

Published: 18 Dec 2018

NBC NEWS | Can't put down the phone? How smartphones are changing our brains — and lives

Veissiere and Carr are among researchers and public figures calling attention not just to the more widely discussed impacts of our phones — such as dinner disruptions and distracted drivers — but also to their subtler effects, which some fear could result in profound changes to our brains and to society.

Published: 17 Dec 2018

THE TYEE | Want to Fix Foster Care? Ask Kids Who Have Been Through the System

Those recommendations were all included in Relationships Matter for Youth “Aging Out” of Care, a report from Melanie Doucet, a McGill University social work PhD student, and eight youth from care in B.C.

Published: 14 Dec 2018

THE CONVERSATION | Is the next Standing Rock looming in northern B.C.?

Ground zero in the global battle against climate chaos this week is in Wet'suwet'en territory, northern British Columbia. As pipeline companies try to push their way onto unceded Indigenous territories, the conflict could become the next Standing Rock-style showdown over Indigenous rights and fossil fuel infrastructure.

By Leah Temper, Research Associate at McGill

Published: 13 Dec 2018

THE NEW YORK TIMES | The Democrats' Best Response to Republican Power Grabs

Op-ed by Jacob Levy

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Published: 12 Dec 2018