More from McGill In The Headlines


THE GUARDIAN | Hit the mute button: why everyone is trying to silence the outside world

Last month, the taxi company Uber began trialling a suite of new features for users of its Exec service – including a button you can activate if you want to mute your driver. “Quiet preferred” is the euphemism Uber is using (you can also toggle it to “happy to chat” – lucky driver). But it appears to bring the dream of being able to choose who and what we listen to a step closer.

Published: 12 Jun 2019

MONTREAL GAZETTE | Why we vaccinate babies against hepatitis B

There is a common perception that hepatitis B is a disease of adults, transmitted via sexual intercourse or needles. If that were the case, vaccinating babies would be nonsensical.

Published: 12 Jun 2019

NATIONAL POST | Canadian MDs to restart hearts of the recently dead as new source of donor hearts

Doctors in Canada are preparing to restart the hearts of the recently declared dead, a move experts say will lead to a desperately needed new source of donor hearts.

But that raises an ethically fraught question: How can you be dead if your heart is still beating?

Published: 11 Jun 2019

GLOBAL NEWS | Montrealers cheer for Toronto Raptors on Peel Street

Thousands of Montrealers are out on Peel Street Monday night doing the unthinkable: cheering for a Toronto sports team.

“Let’s go Raptors” and “We the North” cheers could be heard for several blocks around the downtown area, where a portion of Peel Street is closed to become Montreal’s own Jurassic Park. 

Published: 11 Jun 2019

CTV | Couples struggling to conceive are better off not smoking pot

Men and women who smoke marijuana could be adding to their infertility woes if they are already struggling to start a family, says an obstetrician-gynecologist who is calling for more research into reproductive aspects of the recreational drug that may be increasingly used in Canada since it was legalized.

Published: 10 Jun 2019

GLOBAL NEWS | Entomologists fear urban beekeeping could be putting wild bees at risk

Some entomologists are sounding the alarm that native bees could be in danger of being wiped out, because of the popularity of urban beekeeping.

“The danger is that we’re probably losing species and don’t even know it,” says Gail MacInnis, a PhD entomology candidate at McGill University.  Something needs to be done, she says, to control the number of honeybees being raised.

Published: 10 Jun 2019

THE SUBURBAN | McGill's Elliot Lifson, Amanda Abrams honoured for teaching excellence

Elliot Lifson, Professor of Practice and Desautels Faculty Advisory Board member at McGill University, was honoured for teaching excellence at the university’s Desautels Faculty of Management Convocation ceremony last week.

Published: 6 Jun 2019

CBC | 'She's still living, in some sense': McGill computer scientist's app Opal wins award, days after her death

When Laurie Hendren found out she had breast cancer in 2014, she wanted to learn everything she could about her condition, but she soon realized how hard it is for patients to access their own medical information. The McGill University computer science professor, who had dedicated her career to research and sharing knowledge, shared her intense frustration with her radiation oncologist, Dr. Tarek Hijal.

Published: 5 Jun 2019

THE TORONTO STAR | Canada's changing climate - Open for business

n 2007, a team of mining executives and geologists prospecting about 540 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay hit a motherlode of high-grade nickel, copper, platinum and palladium in the 2.7-billion-year-old rock. The area the dozers and graders could soon be heading into is a vast but delicate carbon reservoir that cleans the air we breathe and helps to regulate the temperature of the planet.

Published: 3 Jun 2019

MONTREAL GAZETTE | EpiPens are not used enough in severe allergic reactions, study shows

The study, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice, shows clearly for the first time that epinephrine in a pre-hospital setting is superior to antihistamines, lead author Dr. Moshe Ben-Shoshan, a pediatric allergist and immunologist at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, said in an interview Thursday.

In most cases, antihistamines are used in place of epinephrine, “but epinephrine should always be first.”

Published: 31 May 2019

YAHOO | INFINITI Announces Top 10 Canadian Finalists for the 2019 INFINITI Engineering Academy

Recruitment for the 2019 INFINITI Engineering Academy closes on a high note with another Canadian student registration record. 10 finalists from across Canada will compete next week to secure one of the seven, one-year placements with INFINITI and Renault F1® Team. The two-day finals will take place on June 5th and 6th in Montreal, trackside prior to the FORMULA 1 PIRELLI GRAND PRIX DU CANADA 2019. One of the finalists is Thomas Lee from McGill University. 

Published: 31 May 2019

YAHOO NEWS | In the Americas, right to learn a second language gains support

“In the 21st century with so much internationalism, we really need to be giving all children the opportunity to learn another language,” says Fred Genesee, an expert on dual-language education in Canada at McGill University in Montreal. “We’re not talking about icing on the cake anymore. We’re talking about a life skill that actually gives these kids a real advantage.”

Published: 31 May 2019

THE STAR | Canadian universities find new models to boost funding for women’s sports

In the fall, Guelph and McGill announced new multimillion-dollar initiatives focused on gender equity and advancing women in sport.

Research in the United States shows that male alumni donate more money — double, on average — to their college teams than women. American law mandates that educational institutions provide equal opportunities and a proportional level of funding for each gender to participate in sports. In Canada, no such law exists.

Published: 30 May 2019

CNN | Just 4,400 steps a day tied to women living longer, study says

Women whose step counters reached 4,400 each day had a 41% lower rate of death than women who took 1,700 fewer steps each day, a new study of older women found.

Published: 30 May 2019

GLOBAL NEWS | McGill students push for free menstrual products in Quebec schools

A group of McGill medical students want to change the way young women experience their periods.

Carolanne Gagnon, Ariane Litalien and Alicia Lessard are lobbying the provincial government to make menstrual hygiene products free in all Quebec schools. They say their En Règle initiative would improve the experience of young girls at school.

Published: 29 May 2019