Health Sciences in the News

  • On Thin Ice: Sheldon's Story

    February 16, 2018
    A group of Western scientists, including members from the Faculty of Health Sciences, are at the forefront of discoveries related to concussions and are working to help those who experience a concussion return to, and fully experience daily life.

  • New chair sees health literacy as social justice issue

    February 15, 2018
    Nursing professor Lorie Donelle, whose research addresses issues of health literacy, social justice and digital health, is the new Arthur Labatt Family Chair in Nursing at Western.

  • Russian doping about more than one Olympic Games

    February 15, 2018
    Kinesiology PhD student Mikael Gonsalves shares his views on the Russian Olympic doping scandal that has dominated headlines leading up to and during the 2018 Pyeonchang Olympic Games.

  • Tour answers physio's questions, raises more

    February 09, 2018
    School of Physical Therapy professor Dave Walton hopes the good, bad and the ugly he gleaned from more than 150 physiotherapy clinicians, clients and administrators will have an impact on the practice of physiotherapy in Canada and internationally.

  • Early help at shelters cuts homelessness, study finds

    February 06, 2018
    A new study led by Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing professor Cheryl Forchuk found that catching families just before they head to an emergency shelter - and providing them some intensive help - prevented most from falling into homelessness over the long term.

  • Study shows massive scope of persistent pain experienced by firefighters

    February 01, 2018
    A recently released study by Physical Therapy professor Joy MacDermid is providing an eye-opening look into how physical pain and discomfort have become a way of life for many firefighters across the country.

  • Overdose prevention a key local health tool

    February 01, 2018
    Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing professor Abe Oudshoorn said plans for a permanent supervised-injection site in London – also dubbed an overdose prevention site – is essential for the city in fostering health and preventing overdose deaths.

  • Research project is a sound collaboration

    January 25, 2018
    A new collaboration is bringing together researchers from across Western, with the goal of changing how people hear the world around them.

  • Astronauts’ circulation woes can cue better health for all

    January 19, 2018
    Kevin Shoemaker, Associate Dean of Research in the Faculty of Health Sciences, examined how the lack of gravity for astronauts affects normal circulation and distribution of blood inside the body, and the problems it can cause when they return to Earth. Some of his finding could prevent falls among frail elderly people.

  • Against the Dying Light

    January 16, 2018
    At Western, researchers are working across the spectrum of dementias - from the cellular level, to caregiver support to big questions about end of life. Discover how Western is tackling a disease that could costs the Canadian health-care system more than $16 billion by 2031.

  • Standing up for your health

    January 16, 2018
    Sedentary Canadians can put their prolonged chair-sitting days behind them with a few simple, strategic behavioural changes, says a new study by Western University researchers.

  • How to build better nurses, through smarter tech

    January 15, 2018
    Nursing professor Richard Booth believes introducing greater technology into health care – even robot nurses – is not an ‘if’ but a ‘when.’ He is looking to bring this new technology and nursing students together with the creation of an intelligent, assistive technology home-of-the-future for older adults, to be built in a simulation lab in the School of Nursing.