Health Sciences in the News

  • Weighing in on the benefits of fascia treatments

    August 12, 2019
    Jackie Sadi, Acting Director of the School of Physical Therapy, spoke with Global News to provide a scientific look at the evidence supporting treatments for fascia.

  • Love, lust and digital dating

    August 06, 2019
    Health Studies professor Treena Orchard uses her background researching sexuality, gender and health to examine what online dating says about feminism and gender in contemporary dating culture.

  • Graduate student's work helping to build a nation

    July 24, 2019
    Health and Rehabilitation Sciences PhD student Lisbeth Pino hopes her research, focusing on rural communities and nutrition, will help broaden the knowledge base for single mothers trying to raise healthy children with limited resources.

  • How 'smart homes' could help Ontarians with mental illness

    July 23, 2019
    A pilot project underway in London and led by Nursing professor Cheryl Forchuk is setting patients up with a suite of smart devices and paving the way for high-tech mental-health treatment.

  • Training gives control back to the caregivers

    July 16, 2019
    Delivering proper care to thousands living with dementia means personal-support workers must understand more than patients’ medical histories.

  • Study finds keys to exercise in music

    July 16, 2019
    Music can be that key to getting people moving – and selecting the proper style of music for people to move to can lead to a more beneficial and fulfilling workout.

  • Writing the ABCs of language disorder

    July 11, 2019
    A pair of researchers in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders recently targeted a much younger audience for their work on Developmental Language Disorder.

  • Guideline serves as model for researchers and health care providers

    June 24, 2019
    Kinesiology professor Michelle Mottola was the co-lead on a three-and-a-half year project that led to the development of the 2019 Canadian Guideline for Physical Activity throughout Pregnancy.

  • PhD student leading study to understand attitudes toward cycling

    June 20, 2019
    Health and Rehabilitation Sciences PhD student Rebecca Henderson is leading a research project to understand what residents of the City of London think about cycling.

  • Rowing inspires Kinesiology grad's business idea

    June 14, 2019
    Nicole Baranowski is graduating with a degree in Kinesiology and Sports Management, an invitation to national rowing tryouts and a business start-up for a novel, customizable hair tie.

  • Promoting public health and preventing chronic disease

    June 11, 2019
    As a guest on Western's new podcast, Health Studies professor Jacob Shelley discusses the proper limits and role of law in promoting public health and preventing chronic disease.

  • Kinesiology professor appointed inaugural Hayden Chair in Sport and Social Impact

    June 06, 2019
    The quest to develop a better understanding of how sports and physical activity benefit people with intellectual and developmental disabilities got a major boost with the appointment of a Kinesiology professor David Howe to a new research position at Western.

  • Homelessness stemmed by transition 'helping hand'

    June 05, 2019
    Tackling homelessness following a hospitalization is possible, but it will take a concerted community effort to lessen the ongoing burden to the health-care system and local emergency shelters, according to the findings of a Western-led study.

  • Weese lands International, Leader Academy roles

    June 05, 2019
    Kinesiology professor JIm Weese was named to a pair of posts – Acting Associate Vice-President (International) and Executive Director of the Western Leader Academy – and will help lead Western into the future.

  • Paying people to get healthy...it works!

    June 04, 2019
    In an op-ed for The Conversation Canada, Kinesiology professor Marc Mitchell discusses new research that shows paying people for increasing their daily physical activity can increase long-term activity levels.

  • Tech brings home insight into mental health

    May 30, 2019
    Nursing professor Cheryl Forchuk is leading a unique Smart Home Community Model project, outfitting affordable Canadian Mental Health Association housing units in London and Middlesex County with smart technologies for people dealing with severe mental illness.

  • Constant headphone use can cause hearing damage – here's how to prevent it

    May 27, 2019
    Susan Scollie, Director of Western's National Centre for Audiology, spoke with Global News to discuss about the dangers of headphone use and strategies for avoiding hearing loss.

  • Drones support remote village medical treatment

    May 24, 2019
    An international team of health-care investigators, including Health Studies professor Elysée Nouvet, is piloting a new medical-delivery system that uses a ‘surgical strike’ approach to solve pandemic problems.

  • 3MT champ stands up to sitting down

    May 23, 2019
    Health Sciences PhD student Yoah Sui’s presentation, Sofa, so good? Maybe not, took top spot at Western’s 3MT competition, moved through the Ontario regional finals at McMaster University, and now will compete at the 3MT National Competition June 3.

  • Nursing student awarded Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

    May 17, 2019
    Amanda Houston, a graduate student in Nursing, is one of four PhD candidates from Western to be awarded 2019-2020 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships.

  • Study: Cents make sense for physical activity

    May 15, 2019
    It may take only a handful of change to make a lifetime of positive changes in the lives of many when it comes to sustaining physical activity, according to a study led by Western Kinesiology professor Marc Mitchell.

  • Offering insight into speech, stuttering

    May 08, 2019
    With May being Speech and Hearing Month, graduate student Marika Robillard offers her thoughts on stuttering and its impact on lives.

  • Study shows that opioid crisis is burning out doctors

    May 06, 2019
    As the opioid crisis take a deadly toll in human lives, the complex needs of patients in chronic pain are also leaving their doctors increasingly exhausted and overwhelmed, a new study led by Western Nursing professor Fiona Webster says.

  • Ingrid Johnsrude named Director of Brain and Mind Institute

    April 30, 2019
    Ingrid Johnsrude, a professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, is the new Director of Western's Brain and Mind Institute. Her research aims to understand human behaviour through speech, language and hearing.

  • The opiod crisis is not about pain

    April 26, 2019
    According to Physical Therapy professor Dave Walton, the opiod crisis gripping much of North America is not about pain, but more about under-managed mental illness and unresolved emotional trauma.

  • Study seeks to fireproof workers against PTSD

    April 23, 2019
    Physical Therapy professor Joy MacDermid is exploring the effectiveness of a mental health and resiliency program called Resilient Minds on the well-being of firefighters in both Vancouver and Prince Edward Island.

  • Expert sounds warning about child hearing in Canada

    April 22, 2019
    As chairperson of the Canadian Infant Hearing Task Force, Communication Sciences and Disorders professor Marlene Bagatto said Canada receives a failing grade when it comes to prioritizing child hearing health.

  • Health Sciences students shine in Three-Minute Thesis Competition

    April 04, 2019
    Graduate students from the Faculty of Health Sciences claimed two of the top three spots in Western's Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, including Kinesiology PhD candidate Yoah Sui, who took home first-place honours.

  • Celebrating Teaching Excellence: Aleksandra Zecevic

    April 02, 2019
    In a series of stories highlighting teaching excellence at Western, Health Studies professor Aleksandra Zecevic is featured for approach to bring students together from around the world.

  • Celebrating Teaching Excellence: Barbara Sinclair

    April 01, 2019
    In a series of stories highlighting teaching excellence at Western, Nursing professor Barbara Sinclair's work with technology in the classroom showcases how innovation is helping students learn more effectively.

  • Laura Misener named Kinesiology director at 'exciting time'

    March 28, 2019
    After two years in an acting role, Laura Misener has been named Director of Western’s School of Kinesiology, effective July 1. She will be the first woman to occupy the role.

  • Collaborative event builds bridges between health sectors

    March 27, 2019
    An collaborative symposium, presented in part by the FHS Office of Interprofessional Education and Practice, brought together nearly 800 students in an effort to build bridges between health sectors.

  • Funding backs unique shelter-to-housing plan

    March 25, 2019
    Nursing professor Abe Oudshoorn is leading a 14-month demonstration project with the Salvation Army Centre of Hope, looking to transform emergency shelter space into affordable housing with supports.

  • Health Sciences faculty members earn prestigious Western recognition

    March 19, 2019
    Nursing professor Marilyn Ford Gilboe (pictured), and Communication Sciences and Disorders professor David Purcell were recently the recipients of two of Western's most prestigious awards, recognizing their contributions to the academy.

  • Change allows for fuller picture of Nursing applicants

    March 18, 2019
    Applicants to the Labatt Family School of Nursing will be able to present a fuller picture of themselves to reviewers thanks to the addition of a cutting-edged personality assessment to standard entry criteria.

  • Recognizing excellence in the classroom

    March 12, 2019
    A trio of faculty members from the Faculty of Health Sciences have been awarded Western’s highest honours for inspiring active and deep learning in their students.

  • New study aims to understand team-based care for chronic disease management

    March 05, 2019
    Shannon Sibbald, an assistant professor in the School of Health Studies and associate scientist at Lawson Health Research Institute, is leading a study to better understand integrated health care teams for chronic disease management and factors that help successful implementation.

  • All exercise intensities benefit older brains

    March 01, 2019
    Older adults who engage in short bursts of physical activity can experience a boost in brain health even if the activity is carried out at a reasonably low intensity, according to a new study led by Kinesiology professor Matthew Heath.

  • New journal gets young scholars 'through the door'

    February 07, 2019
    Started by Western Kinesiology PhD candidates Taylor KcKee, Andrew Pettit and Jared Walters, The Journal of Emerging Sport Studies launched last fall for both emerging scholars and emerging perspectives in the field of sport scholarship.

  • Words don't let math add up for some students

    January 24, 2019
    Health Sciences graduate student Alexandra Cross is the lead author of a new paper that suggests kids who have issues with some math problems may in fact have language delays.

  • Professor's work looks to celebrate difference

    January 23, 2019
    David Howe, a four-time Paralympian, joined the Faculty of Health Sciences’ School of Kinesiology as a professor in November. His love of sport led him on a path to athletics, academia and advocacy.

  • Initiative builds academic, personal resilience

    January 21, 2019
    The Smart Healthy Campus initiative, led by Kinesiology professor Kevin Shoemaker, aims to help students feel more connected, more accepted and better equipped to deal with academic and personal change.

  • Learning more about how Syrian refugees are faring in Canada

    January 17, 2019
    A four-year study led by Nursing professor Abe Oudshoorn is underway to learn more about how Syrian refugees are settling in Canada. The research, which began in 2017, has now received federal funding for several more years and includes London, Fredericton and Calgary. (Photo: CBC London)

  • Study: Social media sways exercise motivation

    January 16, 2019
    A new study, led by Western PhD graduate Alison Divine and Physical Therapy professor Susan Hunter, showed that providing supportive physical activity environments within Facebook may be a successful avenue to get students exercising.