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RADIO-CANADA INTERNATIONAL | Environmental activists face high risk of violence and assassination: study

Activists defending their communities and the surrounding environment against development of extractive industries and land grabs for agrarian use face high rates of criminalization, physical violence and murder around the world, according to a study published this month in the journal Global Environmental Change.

Published: 7 Jul 2020

CTV NEWS | Loneliness can directly impair immune system, increase risk of death: study

The findings, published in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences earlier in June, show how social isolation can negatively affect the health of the brain as well as the immune system.“Social isolation, or a lack of social opportunity, gives rise to a sense of loneliness. Directly or indirectly, this feeling has many wide-ranging consequences for our psychological well-being as well as our physical health, even our longevity,” the study states.

Published: 17 Jun 2020

NATIONAL POST | Hydroxychloroquine study finds drug is no more effective than placebo

Hydroxychloroquine is not effective in preventing the development of COVID-19 in people exposed to the novel coronavirus, a new study involving Canadian researchers concludes. The results are published today in the New England Journal of Medicine. The clinical trial was led in Canada by Dr. Todd Lee and Dr. Emily McDonald of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, in conjunction with partners at the University of Manitoba and University of Alberta.

Published: 4 Jun 2020

THE LANCET | A history of the medical mask and the rise of throwaway culture

Thomas Schlich, James McGill Professor in the History of Medicine, co-authored this research with Bruno J. Strasser from the University of Geneva. 

Published: 29 May 2020

THE STAR | Getting ahead of the curve: A comprehensive COVID-19 testing strategy for Canada

Dick Menzies, professor of medicine and of epidemiology and biostatistics at McGill University, and Tim Grant Evans, director of the McGill School of Population and Global Health, co-authored this article.

Published: 29 May 2020

GLOBAL NEWS | Coronavirus pandemic exposing health inequities among Canadians, experts say

The ongoing coronavirus crisis is exposing health inequities that have long existed in Canada. As well, Canadian charities and agencies are busy trying to meet the increased need brought on by the pandemic.

Published: 26 May 2020

CTV NEWS | COVID-19 pandemic unites Canadians like no other event in recent history: study

The COVID-19 pandemic has united Canadians more than any other event in decades, according to a new study by McGill University and University of Toronto researchers. The study found that among Canadians, there is cross-partisan consensus on the threat the virus poses and measures that need to be taken to battle it.

Published: 25 May 2020

GLOBAL NEWS | Research to examine emotional well-being of physicians, nurses during pandemic

Jason Harley, a psychologist who is currently an assistant professor at McGill University’s Department of Surgery and a member of the university’s Institute for Health Sciences Education, said the goal of the research is to find ways to better support hospital-based physicians and nurses during this crisis.“There’s a lot of added stress, a lot of added factors associated with trying to rapidly and effectively adapt protocols — especially those in hospitals — to deal with COVI

Published: 25 May 2020

CTV NEWS | Hundreds of Canadians willing to be infected with coronavirus to speed vaccine research

Thousands of healthy volunteers, including hundreds of Canadians, have offered to try getting injected with a potential vaccine and then purposely becoming infected with COVID-19 to test if the vaccine works. Jonathan Kimmelman, a professor of biomedical ethics at McGill University, expressed concerns about the risks.

Published: 19 May 2020

TORONTO STAR | Research says Tyrannosaurus rex was built for distance, not speed

Tyrannosaurus rex, one of the most feared predators in the Age of Dinosaurs, may have been built for endurance, not speed. A paper published Wednesday takes recent research on how mammals move and applies it to dinosaurs. Its conclusions support theories that the massive meat-eaters hunted in packs and opens a window into the ecology of the ancient forests they roamed.

Published: 14 May 2020

THE GLOBE AND MAIL | COVID-19 pandemic prompts urbanites to rethink 'grand bargain' of dense city living

The current pandemic will change cities, experts predict, the way infectious disease outbreaks influenced the development of urban centres in decades past. McGill University urban planning professor David Wachsmuth said cities have historically gone through cycles of densification and what he called “spaceification” — for example, after the Second World War when the federal government encouraged people to move from city centres to the “healthier” suburbs.

Published: 11 May 2020

CBC | A pioneer in the fight against HIV/AIDS, star Quebec researcher turns to quest for COVID-19 immunity

When Catherine Hankins first arrived in Montreal in 1986, she never expected she'd get into a spat with the provincial health minister. But eight months into a job in Montreal's public health department she made headlines for doing just that. The Alberta-born community medicine specialist had moved to Montreal just as a mysterious and little-understood new disease was terrorizing the gay community.

Published: 11 May 2020

PSYCHOLOGY TODAY | Happiness and the COVID Pandemic

« What has the science of happiness got to do with our current coronapocalypse? Plenty, of course. It is interesting that much of what is being discussed now about how to stay sane, connected, and even happy while locked up, or out of a job, is what economists studying “happiness” have been advocating for years.

Published: 5 May 2020

THE GLOBE AND MAIL | Canada’s immunity task force takes aim at pressing COVID-19 questions

After one week on the job, members of the federal government’s new immunity task force say they are coming to grips with a towering wall of uncertainty that obscures the true extent of COVID-19 in Canada.

Published: 4 May 2020

CBC | Health expert warns reopening provincial economies will be 'tricky'

Some provinces will begin reopening their economies next week, a move one public health expert described as a delicate experiment — because so little is known about how many people are immune to the COVID-19 virus, or how long such immunity might last. "This is all going to be tricky," said Dr. Catherine Hankins, who co-chairs the leadership group of the COVID-19 Immunity Task Force — part of the federal government's anti-pandemic research strategy.

Published: 4 May 2020

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