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Study aims to visualize invisible injury

Study aims to visualize invisible injury

Recognizing the toll the pandemic has taken on many health-care workers’ mental health, Dr. Ruth Lanius is examining the role that moral injury plays, and its effects on the brain. “The one thing we are trying to do is look at what happens in the br …

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

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.

Discovery, campaign help halt HIV outbreak

Discovery, campaign help halt HIV outbreak

Researchers and local health officials are applauding how the discovery of a simple intervention to halt outbreaks associated with a newly discovered HIV transmission method was moved from the lab to the street quickly.

Study: Brain injuries hiding in ICU patients

Study: Brain injuries hiding in ICU patients

Brain injuries may be prevalent among patients exiting intensive care units (ICU), even if they entered the hospital for non-brain-related injuries or ailments, according to a new study by Western University and Lawson Health Research Institute.

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

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.

Discovery, campaign help halt HIV outbreak

Discovery, campaign help halt HIV outbreak

Researchers and local health officials are applauding how the discovery of a simple intervention to halt outbreaks associated with a newly discovered HIV transmission method was moved from the lab to the street quickly.

Study: Brain injuries hiding in ICU patients

Study: Brain injuries hiding in ICU patients

Brain injuries may be prevalent among patients exiting intensive care units (ICU), even if they entered the hospital for non-brain-related injuries or ailments, according to a new study by Western University and Lawson Health Research Institute.