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More people die after surgery worldwide than from HIV, TB, and malaria combined

January 31, 2019

Around the world, 4.2 million people die every year within 30 days of surgery, and this translates to the third leading cause of death worldwide, a new study reveals. Since…

New self-powered, smart implant may greatly reduce knee replacement surgeries

January 31, 2019

Knee replacement surgery is one of the world’s most common orthopedic procedures, but the implants don’t last forever. They can wear out, loosen or just fail to meet patient expectations…

Canada’s first groundhog was a bear

January 29, 2019

Move over Punxsutawney Phil, Wiarton Willie and Shubenacadie Sam – it turns out the earliest animal to predict the coming of spring in North America was not a groundhog, but…

Injection of opioids linked to significant increase in bacterial heart infections

January 28, 2019

People who inject drugs are at a high risk for a number of health issues. In a new study from ICES, Lawson Health Research Institute and Western University, researchers discovered…

Ever-abundant sulphur may be answer for more powerful (and cheaper) electric vehicles

January 24, 2019

There’s a more powerful (and potentially cheaper) alternative to the batteries traditionally used for electric cars, but it’s not a viable option (yet) because it runs too hot with increasing…

Western’s CPSX supports new space mission led by CSA astronaut David Saint-Jacques

January 22, 2019

While in space, Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut David Saint-Jacques is using his vantage point from aboard the International Space Station to explore Earth. Saint-Jacques is observing our planet to…

New study of twins shows that loneliness is genetic but not necessarily hard-wired

January 17, 2019

A new Western University study of more than 750 pairs of adult twins shows that loneliness, for some, is more than just a feeling. It’s actually part of a person’s…

Leveraging technology to diagnose psychiatric disorders

January 15, 2019

Psychiatric disorders are often difficult to diagnose. As research advances, we are learning there are multiple subtypes of illness that differ in symptoms and treatment needs, making classification even harder….

Western University-led team selected by Canadian Space Agency to study Mars minerals

January 15, 2019

Western University-led team selected by Canadian Space Agency to study Mars minerals “Planetary Instrument Concept Study” to develop a “Miniaturized In-situ X-Ray Diffractometer for Mineralogical Characterization of Planetary Surfaces (ISXRD)”…

Expert available to comment on formal investigation of head of Japan’s Olympic Committee

January 11, 2019

With news breaking that the head of Japan’s Olympic Committee is being formally investigated in France for alleged corruption in the awarding of the 2020 Games to Tokyo, Michael Heine,…