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A major new research partnership has been launched to explore ways of reducing health inequalities in cities around the world.
 
Classified as: society and culture, Jill Baumgartner, brian e. robinson, Christopher Barrington-Leigh, cities, environment, health, urban health, air pollution, wellcome trust, IHSP, McGill School of the Environment
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Published on: 6 Feb 2018

We all know people who, seemingly incapable of living without the bright screen of their phone for more than a few minutes, are constantly texting and checking out what friends are up to on social media.

These are examples of what many consider to be the antisocial behaviour brought on by smartphone addiction, a phenomenon that has garnered media attention in the past few months and led  investors and consumers to demand that tech giants address this problem.

But what if we were looking at things the wrong way? Could smartphone addiction be hyper-social, not anti-social?

Classified as: Smartphone, addiction, Samuel Veissière, social interaction, society and culture
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Published on: 6 Feb 2018

The internal anatomy of our lungs is surprisingly variable, and some of those variations are associated with a greater risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a new study led by researchers at McGill University and the Columbia University Irving Medical Center has found.

Classified as: copd, lungs, pulmonary disease, medicine, health and lifestyle, benjamin smith, McGill University, Columbia Medical Center, Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC)
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Published on: 6 Feb 2018

How do viruses that cause chronic infections, such as HIV or hepatitis C virus, manage to outsmart their hosts’ immune systems?

The answer to that question has long eluded scientists, but new research from McGill University has uncovered a molecular mechanism that may be a key piece of the puzzle. The discovery could provide new targets for treating a wide range of diseases.

Classified as: Chronic viral infection, immune system, martin richer, CD8+ T cells, cytokine, glycoprotein, Logan Smtih, science and technology
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Published on: 5 Feb 2018

Dr. Richard Tomlinson made philanthropic history for Canadian universities in 2000 when he donated $64 million to McGill. At the time, it was the largest gift ever made in support of higher education in Canada by an alumnus, and still ranks as the largest single gift McGill has ever received from an individual.

Classified as: richard tomlinson, McGill, philanthropy, Obituary, mcgill alumni, university advancement, tomlinson fellowships
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Published on: 3 Feb 2018
First published in 2006, Montréal's Top Employers is an annual competition organized by  the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers. This special designation recognizes the employers in Greater Montréal that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work. This year's winners, including McGill University, were announced on February 1, 2018 in a special magazine published in the Montreal Gazette.
 
Here are some of the reasons why McGill University was selected as one of Montreal's Top Employers (2018):
 
Classified as: Montreal, McGill, top employers, HR, on campus
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Published on: 1 Feb 2018
Comparing to a role model may help reduce burnout among teachers. 
 
With as many as four in 10 Canadian teachers leaving the field within their first five years, what can be done to keep more of them in the classroom?
 
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Published on: 31 Jan 2018
With as many as four in 10 Canadian teachers leaving the field within their first five years, what can be done to keep more of them in the classroom?
 
Classified as: teachers, education, psychology, sonia rahimi, nathan hall, health and lifestyle
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Published on: 31 Jan 2018

Team leader Marta Cerruti, using the tools of the Canadian Light Source, has examined the mineralized arteries of genetically modified laboratory mice and found that the pathway in the body that leads to what laypeople call “hardening of the arteries” is not what medical experts previously assumed.

Classified as: Marta Cerruti, calcium, arteries, bio-synthetic interfaces, Kidney disease, diabetes, Monzur Mushed, collagen, bio-synthetic surfaces, Canadian Light Source, Canada Foundation for Innovation, McGill University, Materials Engineering, science and technology
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Published on: 31 Jan 2018

Rare hereditary recessive diseases were thought to be expressed in offspring only when both parents carry a mutation in the causal gene, but a new study is changing this paradigm. An international research team led by scientists at the University of Lorraine in France along with McGill University and the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) in Canada discovered a new cause of a rare condition known as cblC, that they named “epi-cblC”. They reported it in patients from Europe and the United States.

Classified as: rosenblatt, epigenetics, muhc, inserm, RI-MUHC, Vitamin B12, science and technology
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Published on: 30 Jan 2018
A new report from McGill Urban Planning professor David Wachsmuth and his team provides an analysis of Airbnb activity in New York City and the surrounding region in the last three years (September 2014 - August 2017). Relying on new methodologies to analyze big data, here are some of the findings:
 
Classified as: Airbnb, David Wachsmuth, urban planning, new york city, society and culture
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Published on: 30 Jan 2018

How healthy is your almond milk really? It may taste good and may not cause you any of the unpleasant reactions caused by cow’s milk. But though plant-based milk beverages of this kind have been on the market for a couple of decades and are advertised as being healthy and wholesome for those who are lactose-intolerant, little research has been done to compare the benefits and drawbacks of the various kinds of plant-based milk.

Classified as: soy milk, nutrition, food and sustainability
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Published on: 29 Jan 2018

McGill's Desautels MBA program is ranked #1 in Canada and 78th in the world by the 2018 Financial Times Global MBA Ranking—one of only three Canadian schools which made the list, released January 29, 2018.
Every year, the FT ranks the world’s best 100 MBA programs using multiple criteria. Read more about the methodology here. The MBA Class of 2014 was surveyed for this ranking.
 

Classified as: Desautels, MBA, Global ranking, rankings, on campus
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Published on: 29 Jan 2018

Researchers at McGill University have discovered a new, more environmentally friendly way to make ketones, an important chemical ingredient in pharmaceuticals.  While ketones are found in a wide range of useful chemicals, they are commonly prepared through energy-intensive, multi-step technologies that create significant chemical waste.  In an article published online last month in Nature Chemistry, the McGill scientists demonstrate how carbon monoxide, a widely available by-product of combustion, can instead be used to form high-energy chemicals that react directly with benzene to

Classified as: Green Chemistry, ketones, science and technology, Bruce Arndtsen, chemicals, environment
Published on: 26 Jan 2018

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