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Early childhood education expert available to comment on federal budget and national childcare

April 19, 2021

Western University expert in early childhood education focused on environmental and racialization issues in child care has been studying the effectiveness of such a program for nearly 20 years with collaborators from across the country.

Ethics of mandatory vaccinations: benefits may not outweigh challenges

April 19, 2021

New WHO policy brief led by Western’s Maxwell Smith provides ethical guidance for countries and organizations.

Study shows how chronic stress may inhibit the body’s cancer-fighting ability

April 14, 2021

Hormones triggered by chronic emotional and psychological stress impair the ability of the immune system’s ‘emergency responders’ to fight cancer.

Fighting infection by harnessing the competitive nature of bacteria

April 8, 2021

Researchers have discovered a compound that can inhibit the growth of Staphylococcus aureus, a deadly bacterium that has become resistant…

Western space scientists identify fastest-spinning “failed stars” ever found

April 7, 2021

Using data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, a team led by Western space scientists Megan Tannock and Stanimir Metchev has identified the three fastest-spinning brown dwarfs ever found.

Nearly 40,000 kids in the U.S. who lost a parent to COVID-19 need immediate support

April 5, 2021

New international study reveals one in every 13 COVID-related deaths results in a child under 18 years of age losing a parent.

Neuroscientists show planning ahead is key for controlling movement on and off the court

March 31, 2021

Western neuroscientists found improving planning can have a dramatic effect on the quality of performance and adjust ongoing behaviours.

Trans PULSE Canada highlights diverse experiences of trans and non-binary Canadians

March 31, 2021

A nationwide survey on the health and wellbeing of trans and non-binary Canadians is pinpointing the unique experiences of diverse groups within those communities, including Indigenous people, immigrants and newcomers, and sex workers.

Global study shows elective surgery patients should be prioritized for COVID-19 vaccines

March 30, 2021

A new global modelling study estimates that global prioritization of vaccination for elective surgery patients could prevent 58,687 COVID-19-related deaths in one year.

Hockey FIT reaches fans from coast to coast

March 30, 2021

Now in 32 communities across Canada, Hockey Fans in Training (Hockey FIT), is a 12-week program and research study that uses fan culture to encourage men across Canada to eat healthier foods and become more physically active.