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Bond punctuated for first all-female graduating class

Bond punctuated for first all-female graduating class

Two small dots hold a lot of meaning for General Surgery residents Drs. Ally Istl, Martina Mudri, Elaine Tang and Lucy Yang. Permanently inked on their wrists, the colon – of the punctuation variety – represents their special bond as co-resident. 

Study: Daily citrus may help combat obesity

Study: Daily citrus may help combat obesity

The equivalent of just two or three oranges or tangerines a day could reverse obesity and reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes – a benefit Western researchers attribute to nobiletin, a molecule found in popular citrus fruits.

Online tool eyes youth mental-health care

Online tool eyes youth mental-health care

A new online project aims to improve the experiences of young people entering the mental-health care system with an eye toward building better relationships between providers and youth.

Study: Controlled-release opioids linked to infections

Study: Controlled-release opioids linked to infections

Injection drug users prescribed controlled-release hydromorphone are three times more likely to develop endocarditis, a serious bacterial heart infection, when compared to those prescribed other opioids, according to a new study from Western, Lawson Health Research Institute and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES).

Schulich Scholars program doubles size

Schulich Scholars program doubles size

A doubling of the investment in one of the country’s most elite scholarship programs will mean double the opportunity for Canadian students.

Study: Stroke ups risks of heart complications

Study: Stroke ups risks of heart complications

Patients who suffer a stroke also face significantly higher risks of heart attack or other major cardiovascular events within 30 days of having a stroke, according to new Western-led research.

Study links popular muscle relaxant to confusion

Study links popular muscle relaxant to confusion

A popular muscle relaxant may be at the root of patients with low-kidney function being admitted to hospital with severe confusion and other cognitive-related symptoms only days after being prescribed the drug.

Program seeks local solutions to diabetes care

Program seeks local solutions to diabetes care

Communities from coast to coast to coast are discovering unique, local ways of providing relief for people living with diabetes thanks to a partnership between Western and Indigenous community leaders.

Study eyes minor surgery opioid prescriptions

Study eyes minor surgery opioid prescriptions

Men who filled a prescription for opioids after minor surgery were at significantly higher risk of persistent long-term opioid use and hospitalization for opioid overdose than those who did not, according to a Western-led study.

Probiotics may protect bees against fatal disease

Probiotics may protect bees against fatal disease

Microorganisms best known for promoting gut health in humans may be the key to saving honey bee colonies from collapse, according to a novel discovery by Western and Lawson Health Research Institute researchers.

Research explores next gen antimicrobial agents

Research explores next gen antimicrobial agents

Western researchers have developed a new way to deliver the DNA-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 into microorganisms in the lab, providing a way to efficiently launch a targeted attack on specific bacteria.

Study IDs offset to cannabis side-effects

Study IDs offset to cannabis side-effects

The development of safer, more effective cannabis for patients and recreational users prone to its more severe side effects may be possible, thanks to a ground-breaking study by Western researchers.

Med school admission changes open new doors

Med school admission changes open new doors

When Gabby Schoettle was 8 years old, her mother died of metastatic breast cancer. Soon afterward, her father became ill and was unable to work. The health-care providers who showed her compassion throughout this tragic journey left a lasting impact on her.

Study eyes role of ‘translator’ in disease

Study eyes role of ‘translator’ in disease

While errors in the genetic code dominate disease study, even a properly written code might lead to complications thanks to information getting ‘lost in translation’ as the body constructs its basic building blocks.

Depression drives substance use during pregnancy

Depression drives substance use during pregnancy

The discovery that depression is the single largest driver of substance use during pregnancy – more important than education, income, or age – highlights the need for greater supports for the mental health of mothers-to-be, according to Western researchers.

Bone and Joint Institute researchers celebrated

Members of Western’s Bone and Joint Institute were celebrated recently by the International Combined Orthopaedic Research Societies (ICORS) at the group’s annual meeting.

Why marijuana affects different people differently

Why marijuana affects different people differently

For some people, marijuana causes a rewarding high. For others, it produces serious psychiatric side effects. Whether a person enjoys the experience or suffers adverse impact from cannabis may well be a function of which region of the brain it’s lighting up, Western researchers have determined.

Researchers look to defuse cardiac ‘time bomb’

Researchers look to defuse cardiac ‘time bomb’

They have been called the ‘time bomb’ of cardiology – ascending aortic aneurysms. Now, researchers are digging deeper into the cause of these aneurysms looking to unlock possible ways of preventing them and saving thousands of lives.

Study: Address physician burnout in women

Study: Address physician burnout in women

While physician burnout has become a reality across the profession, its disproportionate impact on women should sound an alarm within the heath-care sector that more supports need to be offered, according to a recent Western study.

Research looks to halt stress-induced seizures

Research looks to halt stress-induced seizures

Western researchers have not only unlocked the secret to abnormal electrical activity in the injured brain tied to stress-induced seizures but, most importantly, found a way to stop it from occurring.