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New study shows need for better awareness, training and intervention on sex trafficking in the healthcare system

Victims’ agency and needs, independent of their desire to exit trafficking, should be the focus of healthcare services for individuals who have been sexually exploited, concludes a new study by researchers with McGill University’s Ingram School of Nursing (ISoN).

Published: 30 Aug 2023

Is digital media use a risk factor for psychosis in young adults?

On average, young adults in Canada spend several hours on their smartphones every day. Many jump from TikTok to Netflix to Instagram, putting their phone down only to pick up a video game controller. A growing body of research is looking into the potential dangers of digital media overuse, as well as potential benefits of moderate digital media use, from a mental health standpoint.

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Published: 30 Aug 2023

A global observatory to monitor Earth's biodiversity

At a time of unparalleled rates of biodiversity loss, a new interconnected system to monitor biodiversity around the world is needed to guide action quickly enough to target conservation efforts to where they are most needed.

Published: 28 Aug 2023

The search for the super potato 

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Published: 23 Aug 2023

Why men, wealthy people and maritime residents are more likely to develop skin cancer  

A new study led by McGill University examines why people living in Atlantic regions are more at-risk for developing melanoma than other Canadians, providing lessons on skin cancer prevention for the whole country.  

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Published: 22 Aug 2023

How will the REM impact transportation across the Montreal metropolitan region?

As Montreal's new light rail or LRT system is set to open its first branch of service this summer, researchers at TRAM, a transportation research group at McGill University, have released an overview of how Montrealers say they plan to use (or not use) the new system, based on surveys conducted between 2019 to 2022.

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Published: 31 Jul 2023

Why do people gaslight their romantic partners?

A new study by a McGill University PhD student is looking into the effects of gaslighting in romantic relationships. The term is used to describe a form of psychological abuse in which a person or group causes someone to question their own sanity, memories, or perception of reality.

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Published: 27 Jul 2023

Working to identify mislabeled penicillin allergies

About one in 10 people are reported to have a penicillin allergy. Those patients are more likely to be prescribed alternative antibiotics that are often less effective against certain infections. This can lead to treatment failure, increased risks of antibiotic resistance and the development of superbugs. Yet, fewer than five per cent of patients labelled with a penicillin allergy are truly allergic. 

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Published: 24 Jul 2023

A new model to identify and predict chronic pain

Chronic pain is a complex condition that affects millions of individuals worldwide and understanding its causes and predicting its trajectory remains difficult. However, findings from a recent McGill-led study published in Nature Medicine could improve the understanding and management of chronic pain.

Published: 20 Jul 2023

McGill University and Moderna to expand collaborations with new projects in Lipid Nanoparticle research

McGill University today announced it has signed agreements with ModernaTX, Inc., a biotechnology company pioneering messenger RNA (mRNA) therapeutics and vaccines, to support two innovative research projects in the area of lipid nanoparticles (LNPs). LNPs are critical components in mRNA medicines such as vaccines, as they are the primary delivery method of mRNA strands to the target cells.

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Published: 19 Jul 2023

A stronger placebo effect for those who believe sham medical treatments are personalized

If you believe a medical treatment was developed specifically for you, it may be more effective, especially if you want to be seen as unique, according to new research from McGill University.

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Published: 13 Jul 2023

Searching for signs of alien life in our own solar system

Scientists have long been captivated by the possibility of discovering evidence for extraterrestrial life in the universe. While many of the world’s largest telescopes are pointed toward distant galaxies and star systems, however, some think there’s a strong possibility that life could be detected much closer to home.

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Published: 13 Jul 2023

Alien invasion: Study reveals alarming economic costs of biological invasions to the European Union

Biological invasions are a major threat to ecosystems, biodiversity, and human well-being, resulting in ecosystem degradation and causing economic costs in the multi-trillions of euros globally. A study led by McGill University sheds light on the stark economic cost resulting from biological invasions in the European Union (EU).

Published: 13 Jul 2023

Interactive exhibition InSomnolence shows sleep is more social than it seems

From an artist’s attempt to tame troubled sleep with AI, to sounds and objects as artifacts of other people’s dream, to a radio station that transforms the dread of insomnia into curiosity and collective listening, the exhibition InSomnolence by the research collective The Sociability of Sleep asks: how does sleep bring us together?

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Published: 5 Jul 2023

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