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VOX | Oxytocin, the so-called “hug hormone,” is way more sophisticated than we thought

“People with a lot of interpersonal insecurities — whether they have prior experiences with negative relationship, or even in borderline personality disorder, where you have extreme concerns about being abandoned by others — in those individuals, oxytocin [may] amplify those interpersonal fears and concerns,” Jennifer Bartz, a McGill psychologist, told me in 2016.

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Published: 15 Feb 2019

THE GLOBE AND MAIL | Teens who use cannabis at a higher risk of developing depression, suicidal behaviour: study

The findings, published Wednesday in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, suggest a greater need for education about the mental-health risks associated with cannabis, says lead author Gabriella Gobbi, a researcher at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre.

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Published: 14 Feb 2019

THE GLOBE AND MAIL | McCall MacBain family announces $200-million scholarship fund for studies at McGill

A new $200-million scholarship fund set up by a Canadian couple who made a fortune reinventing classified ads will allow students from coast to coast to pursue higher learning at McGill University that otherwise may have been out of reach.

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Published: 13 Feb 2019

HOW STUFF WORKS | Lava Tubes on Earth Could Prepare Us for Life on the Moon and Mars

As the outermost portion of the hot lava flow comes into contact with the cold air, it cools rapidly, forming a hardened crust, explains Dr. Richard Léveillé. Léveillé is an adjunct professor at McGill University's Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and a member of the McGill Space Institute. But liquid lava continues to flow like water in a channel underneath this newly hardened surface....

Published: 12 Feb 2019

BBC FUTURE | Can this technology put an end to bullying?

Abusive speech is notoriously difficult to detect because people use offensive language for all sorts of reasons, and some of the nastiest comments do not use offensive words. Researchers at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, are training algorithms to detect hate speech by teaching them how specific communities on Reddit target women, black people and those who are overweight by using specific words.

Published: 11 Feb 2019

MONTREAL GAZETTE | Montreal software company Lightspeed files for IPO

“It’s really one of the great high tech success stories in Montreal,” said Karl Moore, a professor at McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management.

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Published: 8 Feb 2019

THE GLOBE AND MAIL | Impact of ice sheet retreat on Canadian weather is being underestimated, study suggests

“We’re underestimating the impact of the ice sheets on the climate system,” said Natalya Gomez, a professor at McGill University and co-author of a paper published Wednesday in the journal Nature.

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Published: 7 Feb 2019

MONTREAL GAZETTE | Opinion: It's up to retailers to make new technologies work for shoppers

The world of retail is changing at a dizzying pace, and the transformation extends far beyond online shopping. A report issued by the World Economic Forum in 2017 on the future of consumption noted that retail is becoming more “inspirational, exciting, simple and convenient” to meet the needs of the empowered consumer....

Published: 6 Feb 2019

THE HILL TIMES | Personalized medicine is the future of health care

It’s small wonder that buying drugs is expensive. The federal government is consulting on whether a national pharmacare program can reduce costs, while providing coverage to vulnerable populations. But there is a complementary avenue to be explored that promises to lower healthcare costs and revitalize Canada’s pharmaceutical industry—personalized medicine.

Published: 5 Feb 2019

NATIONAL POST | IVF linked to slightly higher risk of maternal complications: study

We found that 30.8 per 1,000 of the women in our study who received an infertility treatment experienced a severe pregnancy complication,” said lead researcher Dr. Natalie Dayan, director of obstetric medicine at McGill University Health Centre.

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Published: 4 Feb 2019

CBC NEWS | Plagued by concussions, former Wildcat sought help for new treatment and the reply was huge

"It's not easy for people that have had concussions," said Dr. Alain Ptito, a neuropsychologist at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital and director of the Department of Psychology at the McGill University Health Centre.

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Published: 1 Feb 2019

FINANCIAL POST | Two Canadian engineering giants are headed in starkly different directions

Construction-contract bidding can reap profits exponentially greater than design work, “but they need to make sure that they get it right,” said Karl Moore, an associate professor at McGill University’s business school.

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Published: 31 Jan 2019

WASHINGTON POST | The risks of redundancy

Jacob T. Levy is an outstanding political theorist who is also, full disclosure, a good friend. During the Trump years, he has written more and more for a wideraudience, to great effect.This past weekend, however, he expressed some weariness on Twitter about writing for a public audience in the Age of Trump....

Published: 30 Jan 2019

CTV NEWS | McGill to launch $14M student wellness hub

McGill University has announced a significant investment into providing more mental health services for its students.The announcement of a new $14-million student wellness hub is funded in part by the Rossy Foundation. “This means providing students with timely mental health care of the highest quality, while also creating opportunities for students to promote their own well-being through awareness, prevention, and early intervention programs,” said Stephanie Rossy of the Rossy Foundatio...

Published: 29 Jan 2019

THE WASHINGTON POST | Los Angeles teachers just proved that the common wisdom about unions is wrong

Just off the 101 freeway in downtown Los Angeles, a billboard urges teachers to “read this before spending another $1,000 on union dues.” The ad touts, a site sponsored by the Koch-backed California Policy Center that offers instructions on how teachers can leave their union, along with testimonials from people identified as teachers recounting how much freer they felt after leaving their union.

Published: 28 Jan 2019