Health Sciences in the News

  • Short-term exercise equals big-time brain boost

    December 21, 2017
    A 10-minute, one-time burst of exercise can measurably boost your brain power, at least temporarily, researchers in the School of Kinesiology have found.

  • New Western Research Chair looks to ease pain for millions

    December 08, 2017
    Michele Crites Battié has dedicated her career to studying spine disorders and lower-back pain. And, despite decades of study, and dedicated research in the field worldwide, she knows plenty of work remains as there is still no consensus on causes, diagnoses and treatment for a condition that debilitates many.

  • PhD student using research award funds to study Parkinson's disease

    December 07, 2017
    Health & Rehabilitation Sciences PhD student Anita Abeyesekera won the 2017 Porridge for Parkinson's Graduate Student Award and is using the $40,000 in funding to advance her research.

  • Can light waves produce better-sounding hearing aids?

    November 23, 2017
    Researchers at Western University’s National Centre for Audiology are amplifying their expertise in independent product testing, as they examine the first commercial hearing aid to use light-pulse technology.

  • Western mourns passing of Nursing student

    November 13, 2017
    The Western community is mourning the death of Cara Ellen Soules Farquharson, 19, a Nursing student from Toronto, who died Thursday, Nov. 9, in London.

  • Caregiver support, training at heart of initiative

    October 05, 2017
    Marie Savundranayagam wants to dispel the notion that ‘person-centered care’ is merely a patient-focused approach. In health-care settings, she stressed, both the patient and their caregiver must figure into the equation.

  • Seniors shaping the way we live, cities grow

    September 14, 2017
    Senior citizens are shaping the way neighbourhoods evolve and grow, all in the name of maintaining deeper connections to their communities as they age, according to one Western researcher’s work inside a pair of London neighbourhoods.

  • Communication Sciences and Disorders professor earns CFI backing

    August 16, 2017
    A researcher from Western's School of Communication Sciences and Disorders has been awarded $200,000 through the Canadian Foundation for Innovation's John R. Evans Leaders Fund to support bilateral hearing assessments of cochlear implant subjects.

  • Mind-body maximized benefits of exercise to seniors

    August 03, 2017
    By 2035, a third of the Canadian population will be over 60 years old. And Kinesiology PhD student Nárlon Boa Sorte Silva wants to make sure every one of them stays active and engaged in life via exercise.

  • Chair up to challenge of easing pain for millions

    July 18, 2017
    To move freely and without pain. Such a simple wish that goes unrealized for the 1.7 billion people around the world suffering from musculoskeletal disorders of the bones, joints and muscles. These conditions don’t discriminate. They can impact anyone at any age, on any continent, in any community, at any time.

  • Challenges of mobility aids and dementia explored

    May 10, 2017
    It seems counterintuitive that the use of a mobility aid, such as a cane or a walker, can actually increase the risk of falls in older adults. Yet in individuals with dementia, that’s exactly the case. In fact, people with dementia are three times more likely to suffer a fall when using a mobility aid versus not using one at all.

  • Health Studies alum helps create musical works without barriers

    May 08, 2017
    School of Health Studies graduate Adrian Moody, BHSc'05, is helping facilitate collaboration between aspiring artists with disabilities and a community of musicians, artists, technologists and disability-support personnel.

  • New research group takes sport beyond play

    April 20, 2017
    The School of Kinesiology has launched a Sport and Social Impact Research Group to bring together researchers who explore sport and its impact on individual and community wellbeing.

  • Smaller cities offer different insights into sex work

    April 20, 2017
    Health Studies professor Treena Orchard has been studying women engaged in sex work on the streets of small- and mid-sized cities to improve social services available to this marginalized section of the population.

  • Dr. Peter Rechnitzer, CCAA co-founder, dies at 91

    April 17, 2017
    The Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging (CCAA) is sad to announce the passing of CCAA co-founder, Dr. Peter Rechnitzer on April 15, 2017.

  • Health Sciences students recognized as part of Western's Ideas for Sustainability and Environment (WISE) competition

    April 06, 2017
    A pair of undergraduate students in the Faculty of Health Sciences were recognized for their innovative ideas to address today's most pressing environmental concerns.

  • Blended courses to offer the 'best of both worlds'

    April 06, 2017
    Launched in the fall of 2016 as part of Western’s Blended Learning Strategy, the Supported Course Redesign (SCoRe) program – which supports faculty members in the transformation of fully face-to-face large-enrollment courses into blended offerings – will see its first three course offerings this September.

  • Annual ICOS lecture to offer historic insight beyond the Games

    March 23, 2017
    Zinon Papakonstantinou, from the University of Illinois-Chicago, will deliver the Ion Ioannides Memorial Lecture, Greek Athletes in the Roman Mediterranean: Mobility, Competition, Cultural Agency, at 3:30 p.m. Mar. 31 in the Sonia & Arthur Labatt Health Sciences Building, Room 35.

  • Tackling childhood obesity by supporting physical activity in childcare environments

    March 16, 2017
    Trish Tucker, a professor in the School of Occupational Therapy, is currently working on a study, Supporting Physical Activity in the Childcare Environment (SPACE), which aims to increase the physical activity levels of preschoolers during childcare hours.

  • Researcher tuning into media representations of disability

    March 09, 2017
    Laura Misener, a professor of Kinesiology in the Faculty of Health Sciences, is part of an international team of researchers examining media coverage of para-sports to analyze how coverage influences attitudes towards people with disabilities.

  • Emergency rooms may benefit from addition of physiotherapy presence

    March 09, 2017
    According to Kinesiology student Emma Pearson, musculoskeletal injuries, such as injuries to discs, ligaments, muscles or tendons, could be better addressed in emergency rooms by physiotherapists, which would help reduce wait times and allow for quicker diagnosis and treatment options.

  • Western's School of Kinesiology named among global elite

    March 08, 2017
    The latest QS World University Rankings saw Western's School of Kinesiology ranked among the top 50 programs in the world.

  • Role of sport in residential schools assimilative, cathartic

    February 16, 2017
    Kinesiology graduate student Fatima Ba'abbad is studying the role of sport in Canada's residential schools.

  • Researchers: supervised injection sites needed in London

    February 16, 2017
    Nursing professor Abe Oudshoorn lends his thoughts to the debate surrounding safe injection sites in the City of London.

  • Physical therapy professor says Ontario opiod strategy demonizes people

    January 17, 2017
    Western Physical Therapy professor and pain expert, Dave Walton, is critical of Ontario's move to de-list high-strength opioid painkillers for people on social assistance, saying the plan lacks empathy, demonizes pain suffers and risks driving people towards suicide as the only way out.