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THE NEW YORK TIMES | What We Don’t Know About I.V.F.

Most existing research has been able to compare only the postpregnancy health of women who have conceived using fertility treatments with that of those who did not. “But, of course, that crude comparison is not comparing apples to apples,” says Dr. Natalie Dayan, an obstetric internist and assistant professor of medicine at McGill University. “It’s comparing women with infertility who have tried multiple times and then became pregnant through A.R.T.

Published: 17 Dec 2019

CTV NEWS | McGill puts call out to seek replacement for their men's varsity team name

The Men's Varsity Teams Naming Committee is asking students, staff, alumni, coaches or other athletes at McGill to send ideas for a new name after the committee met Nov. 26 to discuss the process after the Redmen moniker was dropped.

Published: 16 Dec 2019

MONTREAL GAZETTE | The draw of nicotine: With rise in youth vaping, history repeats itself

Michael Pollak, an oncologist and director of the McGill University-Jewish General Hospital Cancer Prevention Centre, says vaping should be sold by prescription and only to those trying to quit smoking.

“I would expect (vaping) to be less carcinogenic than tobacco. But the flavours, after they have been heated, are there carcinogens in there that might cause trouble five or 10 years later?

Published: 16 Dec 2019

BNN BLOOMBERG | Miracle Cancer Drugs Are Making Big Pharma Billions. Others Are Getting Left Behind

Only about 1 in 20 cancer patients participates in trials of experimental therapies. Doctors and drugmakers should be prudent about continuing to test products in desperate, hard-to-find patients when they haven’t shown significant benefits in multiple earlier studies, said Jonathan Kimmelman, a biomedical ethicist at McGill University in Montreal.

Published: 12 Dec 2019

MONTREAL GAZETTE | Christopher Labos: Why people with lower incomes have more heart disease

Many studies have shown that low socioeconomic status is tied to cardiovascular disease. To put it simply, if you have more money, you are less likely to have a heart attack. There are many possible ways to explain this association. It might be that more money means you can afford better medical care.

Published: 11 Dec 2019

CBC | Astronomers surprised to find a star similar to our sun devouring the atmosphere of a giant planet

Eve Lee, an assistant professor in McGill University's physics department, is intrigued by the findings. "It tells us about the future possibility of how our solar system will look," she said. It also sheds light on different stellar systems and their possible planets. "We know stars evolve and they come in many different varieties," Lee said. "It is interesting to look at what is the evolution of the planet in tandem with the evolution of the star."

Published: 10 Dec 2019

RADIO CANADA INTERNATIONAL | Artificial turf playing fields and crumb rubber toxicity

The original concept of artificial turf held a theoretical number of advantages. The tiny pellets of rubber infill made from recycled tires diverted thousands of those tires from landfill sites, while the fields eliminated the need for pesticides, fertilizers and watering. Since the arrival of artificial turf however, there have been ongoing concerns about the toxicity of crumb rubber. That concern has been increased through a new study by researchers in Montreal.

Published: 10 Dec 2019

THE NEW YORK TIMES | Fractured Forests Are Endangering Wildlife, Scientists Find

A study published on Thursday may help resolve what has been a strident debate, showing why many species are vulnerable to the fragmenting of forests while others are not. Animals in places with a long history of disturbances are relatively resilient, the researchers found. Species that have existed in stable habitats for thousands of years are far more sensitive.

Published: 6 Dec 2019

CBC | Scientist who linked Nunavut water to Mars exploration wins lifetime award

Scientists looking for water on other planets may learn from an award-winning researcher who's spent 40 years studying permafrost in Canada's Arctic. Wayne Pollard has won a lifetime achievement award from the W.

Published: 5 Dec 2019

MONTREAL GAZETTE | McGill's diploma program will train expert pot growers for $24,000

Call it a sign of the times: McGill University will teach students how to grow the perfect pot plant starting next year. McGill’s Diploma in Commercial Cannabis program launches in June and it’s meant to train biologists to cultivate weed, design strains, protect them against contaminants and understand the legal framework of Canada’s burgeoning weed industry.

Published: 4 Dec 2019

THE NEW YORK TIMES | How Life on Our Planet Made It Through Snowball Earth

Oxygen needs to be present for iron to rust. It also needs to be present for animals and many other organisms to survive. If the iron rocks below the ancient oceans rusted, then there was also oxygen in those oceans. And if there was oxygen, then oxygen-breathing life-forms had a lifeline they could cling to.

Published: 3 Dec 2019

CANADIAN LAWYER | McGill agrees to “JD” for common law degrees, in response to requests

The designation for common law degrees from McGill's Faculty of Law has been changed to JD from the previous LLB, effective immediately. According to a news release from the law school’s official website, starting from the spring 2020 convocation, graduates will receive two degrees: a Bachelor of Civil Law and a Juris Doctor. The program will now be called BCL/JD, and no longer BCL/LLB.

Published: 29 Nov 2019

C2 Montréal’s new digs at McGill: A site for a celebration of innovation

Some might say it’s a relationship that was meant to be. Part of its continued growth and evolution, C2 Montréal is reinventing itself once again with the help of one of Canada’s most storied institutions of higher learning, McGill University.

Published: 26 Nov 2019

CTV NEWS | Canada seeks peace in space as U.S. prepares to weaponize it

"Because of Canada's alliance with the United States, there might be some pressure to adopt or toe a very similar line to the United States," said David Kuan-Wei Chen, executive director of the Centre for Research in Air and Space Law at McGill University. "But so far, I think the political leadership and people at the Department of National Defence have resisted that."

Published: 25 Nov 2019

THE CONVERSATION | Lack of equity and diversity still plague global health research

"The field of global health has evolved from colonial and military medicine, tropical medicine and international health. While it is evolving for the better, research shows that global health is still struggling to shake off its colonial past", says Madhukar Pai, Director of Global Health & professor at McGill University, in an article he wrote in The Conversation.

Published: 22 Nov 2019

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