More from McGill In The Headlines


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

NATIONAL OBSERVER | A new study says there are 'strikingly high' rates of cancer in some Ontario industrial cities

For years, residents in some of Canada’s largest industrial cities have wondered whether toxins from petrochemical plants and other manufacturers are making them sick.

Published: 29 May 2019

MARKETWATCH | You may need a measles or shingles vaccination, especially if you’re older

You probably know there’s a measles outbreak. And you may have heard that there’s a shortage of the most effective vaccine to prevent shingles, a cousin of the childhood disease chickenpox.

“If you don’t know you’re immune, you can have your antibodies levels checked. If you’re not immune, you might need a booster,” says Dr. Christopher Labos, an associate with the McGill Office for Science and Society in Montreal.

Published: 29 May 2019

DOCTOR NDTV | How Safe Are Herbal Products? Know What Happens If You Overuse Them

Herbal products can have harmful side effects too, says a study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. It was corroborate by an incident in Canada when a man landed up in a hospital for high-blood pressure emergency after over-consuming homemade tea made from licorice root.

Published: 28 May 2019

MONTREAL GAZETTE | Google chief sees continuous learning as key to overcoming ‘disruption anxiety’

“Disruption anxiety is in every single field,” Sabrina Geremia said Friday during an exchange with Jui Ramaprasad, a professor of information systems at McGill University. “Part of the anxiety is rooted in the pace of change. It is moving fast. Right now, your life is the slowest it’s ever going to be.”

Published: 27 May 2019

HUFFPOST | Georges Awaad Can Speak 19 Languages. He's Only 20

At the age of 20, the Montreal linguistics student can already speak 19 different languages, most of which he taught himself through a combination of internet videos, music and conversation with friends.

“I’m a very auditory person, so I try to expose myself as much as possible to the language, by listening to music, videos, films if I find them, and by listening to conversations and having them with friends,” he said in a phone interview.

Published: 27 May 2019

UNDER TECHNOLOGY | Canadian researchers on promising path towards developing flu treatment using lipid target

How can we help our immune system to balance the two main host defense strategies: attacking pathogens (called host resistance) and preserving our own tissue (called disease tolerance)? Dr. Erwan Pernet and Dr. Maziar Divangahi from te Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC), have identified a lipid target to “tone down” the hyper-active immunity to influenza infection.

Published: 24 May 2019

MONTREAL GAZETTE | Immigrant war survivor brings inspiring message to students

Thomas Hecht’s memories of his first school days in Montreal weren’t pleasant. He was bullied because he looked different, dressed differently and spoke no English.

Published: 24 May 2019

NEW ATLAS | Flipper-legged robot runs, swims, and is ready to hit the bigtime

Back in 2013, we heard about an all-terrain walking robot known as RHex. Designed in a collaboration between McGill University and the University of Pennsylvania, it used six flipper-like legs to scamper around. Now, its successor is taking to the briny depths. 

Called the Aqua2, the new robot is soon to be commercially manufactured by McGill spinoff company Independent Robotics.

Published: 24 May 2019

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL | When a City’s Mood Brightens, People Take More Risks

Unexpected happy occurrences in everyday life—say, an underdog local sports team wins or the sun emerges after several days of rain—can lift the collective mood of a city’s residents. That’s the good news. The bad news is that it also increases the likelihood that people will engage in risky behaviors.

Published: 22 May 2019