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Rapid test for E.coli keeps contaminated food off grocery store shelves

November 22, 2018

The goal is to identify E. coli in your food before it ever leaves the processing plant, ensuring that it never makes it to the shelves of your neighbourhood grocery…

Cardiac surgery and addictions counselling linked to significantly reduced mortality in injection drug users with heart valve infection

November 21, 2018

Cases of endocarditis – infection of the heart valves – have risen dramatically in recent years as a result of the opioid crisis. In London, Ontario 55 per cent of…

Granddaughter’s epilepsy battle inspires $2.5-million donation

November 20, 2018

Spurred on by their granddaughter’s ongoing battle with epilepsy, Western Chancellor Jack Cowin, BA’64, LLD’00, and his wife Sharon have made a substantial $2.5-million gift to epilepsy research at Western…

Pollen DNA provides potential new window for forensic information

November 15, 2018

For one Western University researcher, DNA found in pollen grains can provide a fingerprint to determine their precise origin. Bogumil Karas, PhD, an assistant professor at Western’s Schulich School of…

Western’s 2018 International Week to highlight environment, global health and migration

November 12, 2018

MEDIA ADVISORY WESTERN UNIVERSITY NOVEMBER 12, 2018 Western’s 2018 International Week to highlight environment, global health and migration Western University’s annual International Week kicks off today, with a focus on…

Western University and faculty union reach tentative agreement

November 9, 2018

Western University and its Faculty Association (UWOFA) have reached a tentative agreement which the negotiating teams have jointly agreed to recommend to their respective parties. The tentative deal means there…

Researchers uncover gene that regulates fat accumulation and obesity

November 5, 2018

As obesity continues to be the leading cause of deaths world-wide, researchers are working to understand what role genetics play in a person’s predisposition for obesity. New research is shedding…

Severe breastfeeding pain experienced by new mothers can impact infant health

October 30, 2018

Breastfeeding pain is not often recognized as a problem, but a majority of first-time mothers experience this type of pain, which may lead some to stop breastfeeding altogether. A new…

New clinical protocol after general surgery cuts opioid prescribing in half

October 24, 2018

In recent years deaths from opioid overdoses have become one of the most common injury-related deaths in North America. The continent also has the highest per capita rate of opioid…

New Western Chair in Sport and Social Impact honours Special Olympics pioneer

October 22, 2018

Western University is poised to lead research on the role sport plays in benefiting those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, thanks to a generous $1.5 million donation.   The gift,…