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Parents shouldn’t worry if their infant doesn’t sleep through the night by 6-12 months of age

New parents often expect their baby to start sleeping through the night by around six months of age. Indeed, they often receive messages from paediatricians and others about the importance of early sleep consolidation. But authors of a study in the December 2018 issue of Pediatrics found that a large percentage of healthy babies don’t reach that milestone by six months of age, or even at a year old....

Published: 12 Nov 2018

ALS Quebec launches Taking Care, a virtual learning environment for caregivers

Montreal, Thursday, November 8, 2018 – With the financial support of L’Appui national pour les proches aidants d’aînés and the collaboration of McGill University’s Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning (SCSIL), the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Society of Quebec is proud to launch a virtual education program Taking Care, intended for those caring for someone living with ALS.

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Published: 8 Nov 2018

Leading digital media scholar, Taylor Owen, appointed to McGill’s Max Bell School of Public Policy

The Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University is excited to announce that leading scholar of media, technology and public policy, Taylor Owen, will be joining the Max Bell School in January 2019 as an Associate Professor and the holder of the Beaverbrook Chair in Media, Ethics and Communications. Taylor Owen’s research focuses on the policy and governance challenges created by the rapid changes to the digital media and technology environment.

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Published: 6 Nov 2018

Key molecule responsible for learning and memory discovered

Unlike old dogs, old adults can indeed learn new tricks thanks to a protein molecule called netrin.

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Published: 5 Nov 2018

Music improves social communication in autistic children

Engaging in musical activities such as singing and playing instruments in one-on-one therapy can improve autistic children’s social communication skills, improve their family’s quality of life, as well as increased brain connectivity in key networks, according to researchers at Université de Montréal and McGill University.

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Published: 5 Nov 2018

Entre-Nous with Dr. Mark Ware

In July 2018 Dr. Mark Ware took a leave of absence from his position as Associate Professor in the Departments of Anesthesia and Family Medicine at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine in order to become the Chief Medical Officer for the Canopy Growth Corporation. On November 7 he returns to McGill where he will deliver the 41st annual Osler Lectureship “100 years of cannabis: a journey from William Osler to the modern era,” beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Charles F....

Published: 2 Nov 2018

For new HPV DNA test, study finds there may be little benefit in screening women aged 55 with a negative test

Regular cytology screening (pap or smear test) is still the most commonly used HPV screening method, and can prevent cancers up to age 75 years, although benefits decline with age For the newly introduced HPV DNA test, which offers a higher degree of accuracy, women aged 55 who have a negative test were predicted to be at low risk of cervical cancer 

A single negative human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA test – a newly introduced test which can detect c...

Published: 2 Nov 2018

Cundill History Prize jury pushes the boundaries of history writing with finalists that are "Great Literature"

Three exceptional American historians – writing passionate, innovative works of history about new frontiers at times when the world was undergoing dramatic change – have been named as finalists for the world’s leading history prize, run by McGill University.

Making the announcement on behalf of the jury at an exclusive event in Toronto this evening, eminent Canadian journalist and author Jeffrey Simpson said:

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Published: 31 Oct 2018

Hairy nanotechnology provides green anti-scaling solution

A new type of cellulose nanoparticle, invented by McGill University researchers, is at the heart of a more effective and less environmentally damaging solution to one of the biggest challenges facing water-based industries: preventing the buildup of scale.

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Published: 31 Oct 2018

What do Canadians want from their news?

The Max Bell School of Public Policy commissioned a study examining whether or not there are significant differences in what facts Canadians believe, what media types they consume, and how much Canadians trust traditional media sources, compared to new ones. 

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Published: 30 Oct 2018

Scientific breakthrough: promising new target for immunotherapy

Following the 2018 Nobel Prize for Medicine, global attention is now more than ever turned toward the promise of immunotherapy in oncology. An international team’s work has shed new light on a molecule called TIM-3 that might play a key role in the regulation of the immune response....

Published: 30 Oct 2018

Alterations to seabed raise fears for future

The ocean floor as we know it is dissolving rapidly as a result of human activity.

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Published: 29 Oct 2018

The spiders who came in from the cold

A sprawling study of spiders across northern Canada has turned up more than 100 species in provinces or territories where they had never before been recorded. The findings, by researchers from McGill University, provide a valuable new benchmark for monitoring biodiversity across Canada’s vast northern expanses.

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Published: 29 Oct 2018

Safe cannabis pain relief without the “high”

In the wake of cannabis legalization, a team of scientists at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and McGill University have delivered encouraging news for chronic pain sufferers by pinpointing the effective dose of marijuana plant extract cannabidiol (CBD) for safe pain relief without the typical “high” or euphoria produced by the THC. The findings of their study have been published in the journal PAIN.

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Published: 25 Oct 2018

Naomi Azrieli, Ken Dryden to receive honorary degrees

Naomi Azrieli, a passionate champion of support for brain research, and hockey great-turned-public servant Ken Dryden will be honoured at McGill University’s Fall Convocation ceremonies.

The two honorary doctorate recipients will address graduating students at the Nov. 26 ceremonies at the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts. In all, more than 1,640 students will be graduating this fall.

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Published: 24 Oct 2018

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