Media Releases Archives: February 2021

Child sleep experts up all night – so parents don’t have to be 

February 26, 2021

A recent study found that more than 90 per cent of parents want to change something about their child’s sleep….

Human rights law provides transparent, fair framework for vaccine allocations

February 24, 2021

Study recommends governments adopt an intersectional approach to understanding how vulnerabilities and disadvantages affect a person’s health.

Study pinpoints role of language disruptions in psychosis

February 18, 2021

Patients with psychosis may experience communication difficulties because non-language parts of the brain are trying to manage communications tasks, new research from Western and Lawson Health Research Institute shows.

‘Perseverance’ pays off for Western Space alumnus

February 17, 2021

Western alumnus Raymond Francis serves as an engineer on NASA’s science operations team for the Perseverance rover, which is set to land in Jezero crater on Mars.

Dialysis patients four times more likely to die from COVID-19 infection

February 11, 2021

Patients with chronic kidney disease on dialysis are particularly vulnerable to contracting and dying from COVID-19, a Western-led study found.

Bats may hold the key to vaccines for future pandemics

February 10, 2021

Western researchers are joining forces with Royal Ontario Museum bat biologists to create a ‘vaccine bank’ that could be used…

Project mines new frontiers in outer-space law

February 4, 2021

Science is outpacing policies for responsible resource extraction in space.

Most instructions for inserting COVID-19 nasopharyngeal swabs don’t go deep enough, research finds

February 3, 2021

There are wide discrepancies in the instructions for how deep the nasopharyngeal swabs used to test for COVID-19 are to…

New process can extend lifetime of metals

February 2, 2021

Western materials engineer Hamid Abdolvand and his team discovered important factors into the deformation of metals used in automobiles and nuclear reactors, and developed new models to predict the lifetimes of these materials.

Expert Explainer: Art Poon, PhD, on coronavirus ‘variants of concern’

February 2, 2021

As new coronavirus variants emerge, scientists are keeping a close eye on how the virus continues to evolve. Recent studies…