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2013-06-20 23:15:25

People can plan strategic movements to several different targets at the same time, even when they see far fewer targets than are actually present, according to a new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. A team of researchers at the Brain and Mind Institute at the University of Western Ontario took advantage of a pictorial illusion – known as the “connectedness illusion” – that causes people to...

Researchers Make Breakthrough In Arthritis Research
2012-12-03 20:21:52

University of Western Ontario Researchers at Western University have made a breakthrough that could lead to a better understanding of a common form of arthritis that, until now, has eluded scientists. According to The Arthritis Society, the second most common form of arthritis after osteoarthritis is "diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis" or DISH. It affects between six and 12 percent of North Americans, usually people older than 50. DISH is classified as a form of degenerative...

2012-11-07 08:33:51

OTTAWA, Ontario, Nov. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Internationally recognized as one of the top business schools, the Richard Ivey School of Business (Ivey) at Western University, has chosen and deployed Magor's visual collaboration solution for its superior quality video experience and technical support over other solutions on the market today. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121107/LA07668) Darren Eveland, Manager, of IT at Ivey, wanted a new solution that would deliver...

The Fireballs Of February
2012-02-23 04:23:03

Feb. 22, 2012:  In the middle of the night on February 13th, something disturbed the animal population of rural Portal, Georgia. Cows started mooing anxiously and local dogs howled at the sky. The cause of the commotion was a rock from space. "At 1:43 AM Eastern, I witnessed an amazing fireball," reports Portal resident Henry Strickland. "It was very large and lit up half the sky as it fragmented. The event set dogs barking and upset cattle, which began to make excited sounds. I...

2011-12-22 07:30:15

A commentary by Dr. David Spence of The University of Western Ontario and Dr. Meir Stampfer of the Harvard School of Public Health in today's Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) argues that vitamin therapy still has a role to play in reducing stroke. Vitamin B therapy was once widely used to lower homocysteine levels. Too much of this amino acid in the bloodstream was linked to increased risk of stroke and heart attack. But several randomized trials found lowering...

2011-12-16 12:21:08

Spinal degeneration is an unavoidable part of aging. For some, it leads to compression of the spinal cord which can cause problems with dexterity, numbness in the hands, the ability to walk, and in some cases, bladder and bowel function. Now, new research from The University of Western Ontario looks beyond the spinal cord injury in these patients to better understand what is happening in the brain. Researchers Robert Bartha, Dr. Neil Duggal and Izabela Kowalczyk found patients with spinal...

2011-11-29 08:00:00

WUHOU DISTRICT, CHENGDU, China, Nov. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Recently, a 10-people delegation led by Mayor of London City of Canada Mr. Joe Fontana, the Chairman of London Chamber of Commerce Mr. Joaquim Balles, the Director of Surgery department of the University of Western Ontario Mr. John Denstedt paid a visit to West China Hospital of Sichuan University. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20111129/CN13550 ) On the morning of November 24, a grand welcoming ceremony was...

Research Targets Brain Region Affected By Parkinson's
2011-11-09 10:21:29

[ Watch the Video ] Eliminating specific neurotransmitter may improve motor function A team of researchers at The University of Western Ontario has demonstrated that elimination of one of the neurotransmitters in the part of the brain associated with Parkinson's disease may improve brain function without major adverse effects. The research has been published in the November edition of the prestigious journal PLoS Biology. Marco Prado, Vania Prado and a team of researchers at the...

2011-11-07 16:55:06

Research led by Dr. Vladimir Hachinski of The University of Western Ontario reveals just how important it is for patients to be referred to a stroke prevention clinic following either a mild stroke or a transient ischemic attack (TIA). The study, published in the journal Stroke in November, showed a 26% reduction in one-year mortality rates among those referred to a stroke prevention clinic. The risk of stroke after a TIA may be as high as 20% in the first three months. Half of the strokes...

2011-08-17 23:57:22

New research from Neurologist Dr. David Spence of The University of Western Ontario has shown that using 3-D ultrasound to identify ulcers in the carotid arteries is an effective way to pinpoint the small number of high-risk patients with asymptomatic carotid stenosis (ACS) who would benefit from surgery to prevent stroke. ACS is a blocking or narrowing of the carotid artery in the neck from which there have been no symptoms such as transient ischemic attacks (TIAs). The research is published...