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McGill must improve the medical notes system

At 8:30 on weekday mornings, coughs and sniffles fill the McGill Health Services clinic. Sick students, looking miserable to their core, sit and wait—some for strep tests, others for a prescription. Many, however, have braved the negative temperature and icy sidewalks to wait for nothing but a medical note to save their GPA. It’s an… Keep Reading

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Student of the Week: Claire Motyer

“I’ve been playing violin since I was four, so I’ve always defined myself as a musician,” Claire Motyer, U3 Music, said. Motyer spent her whole life immersed in musical performance, until she injured herself in her first semester at McGill University from over-rehearsing. “I was […] practicing four hours a day plus rehearsals, so up to… Keep Reading

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The future of birth control must include all genders

The results of a trial for male birth control, published in the Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism, have sparked outrage and frustration. After 20 of 320 men dropped out of the study due to adverse side effects, the trials were discontinued. Altogether, the men participating in the trial reported 1,491 adverse symptoms, including mood disorders… Keep Reading

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Streamlining of McGill Counselling and Mental Health Services leaves gaps in medical notes procedures

As part of the integration of McGill Mental Health and Counselling Services (MHCMS), medical notes are no longer available for students who use drop-in appointments unless their case falls under the criteria for the newly designated “Safety Appointment.” Although the change prioritizes support for students who urgently need it in order to be safe, questions remain… Keep Reading

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Anatomy and Cell Biology launches Mental Health Support Program

On Nov. 18, the McGill Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology launched the Mental Health Support Program. The department-based project offers students a chance to meet with individuals who were selected to be supporters. These volunteers include graduate and undergraduate students, administrative personnel, and professors trained by McGill Counselling and Mental Health Services (MCMHS). Department… Keep Reading

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Marijuana legalization poses significant risks for youth

One of Justin Trudeau’s flashiest policies has been his promise to legalize marijuana. Taking advantage of 4/20 this past April, his government announced that it will be instated in the spring of 2017—only one year later. We’re halfway through that time, and his policy remains vague and shallow. Trudeau is waiting on results from the… Keep Reading

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Quebec promises to abolish health care accessory fees by early 2017

On Sept. 14, Quebec Minister of Health Dr. Gaetan Barrette announced that as of January 2017, Quebec doctors will no longer be allowed to charge accessory fees—additional fees on services already provided by the Quebec health insurance. Accessory fees have generally been charged for services such as eye drops, injections, and stitches. According to Barrette,… Keep Reading

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Fighting to end AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria: A discussion of global health professionals

A third of the world is currently infected with tuberculosis (TB). Last year, over a million people died as a result of AIDS-related illnesses and half a million from malaria. Mortalities from these epidemics are staggering, despite improved knowledge of effective prevention and treatment methods. The solutions for eradicating the world’s most devastating epidemics are… Keep Reading

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