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2009-05-25 07:43:54

It appears that some superbugs have evolved to develop the ability to manipulate the immune system to everyone's advantage.A team of researchers at The University of Western Ontario, led by Joaquin (Quim) Madrenas of the Robarts Research Institute, has discovered some processes that reduce the lethal effects of toxins from superbugs, allowing humans and microbes to co-evolve. This discovery may lead to novel alternatives to antibiotics that specifically target the toxic effects of these...

2009-04-21 08:15:43

Research performed by Nicole Lauzon and Dr. Steven Laviolette of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at The University of Western Ontario has found key processes in the brain that control the emotional significance of our experiences and how we form memories of them. A lack of proper brain function in this area is what lies beneath such conditions as Schizophrenia and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  In people who suffer from these conditions emotional experiences can...

2009-04-06 13:12:21

Research led by David Hess of the Robarts Research Institute at The University of Western Ontario has identified how to use selected stem cells from bone marrow to grow new blood vessels to treat diseases such as peripheral artery disease. It's one of the severe complications often faced by people who've had diabetes for a long time. Reduced blood flow (ischemia) in their limbs can lead to resting pain, trouble with wound healing and in severe cases, amputation. The research is published in...

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2009-03-20 09:39:48

A newly published study found patients actually have more control of their high blood pressure (hypertension) when treated with less medication. The study led by Dr. Ross D. Feldman, a clinical scientist with the Robarts Research Institute at The University of Western Ontario recommends a simplified and more effective method of treating hypertension using low doses of single pill combinations, rather than multiple pills. The "Simplified Treatment Intervention to Control Hypertension" (STITCH)...

2009-01-22 08:00:00

TORONTO, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Softchoice Corporation (TSX: SO), a leading North American provider of technology solutions and services, is pleased to announce the appointment of Gilles Lamoureux to the Board of Directors for the Company. "It gives me great pleasure to extend a warm welcome to the newest member of our board," said Larry Tapp, Chairman of the Softchoice Board. "Mr. Lamoureux has enjoyed a long and noteworthy career within the financial community. We are very...

2008-11-18 14:45:25

Canada's only supervised injection facility has extended lives of drug users and saved the healthcare system millions of dollars, a study indicates. When examining the cost-effectiveness of Insite, an injection facility in a Vancouver, British Columbia, neighborhood where about 5,000 injection drug users live, University of Western Ontario researchers said they found the facility saved about $14 million in healthcare costs and added about 920 life-years during a 10-year period. The study...

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2008-08-21 19:35:00

Using pain treatments which contain codeine may be risky for some breastfeeding mothers, according to researchers at the University of Western Ontario, and the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto. Lead author Dr. Gideon Koren published research in the journal, Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics which suggests that the codeine used in some pain relief drugs can actually have harmful and even fatal results for infants when ingested by some breastfeeding mothers. "With nearly...

2008-06-26 18:02:54

ST. PAUL, Minn. and LONDON, Ontario, June 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Following the launch at BIO International in San Diego last week of NanoInterventions, their cardiovascular joint venture partnership, Nanocopoeia and WORLDiscoveries(TM) are pleased to announce their broader agreement to co-develop the biomedical uses of arborescent polyisobutylene-based block copolymers. Nanocopoeia, a drug delivery company specializing in therapeutic coatings for medical devices, will lead the development...

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2008-06-21 16:13:08

A new discovery by a scientist from The University of Western Ontario provides conclusive evidence which supports decades-old evolutionary doctrines long accepted as fact. Since renowned British biologist Richard Dawkins ("The God Delusion") introduced the concept of the 'selfish gene' in 1976, scientists the world over have hailed the theory as a natural extension to the work of Charles Darwin. In studying genomes, the word 'selfish' does not refer to the human-describing adjective of...

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2008-04-17 09:25:00

The extra fat we carry around our middle could be making us hungrier, so we eat more, which in turn leads to even more belly fat. Dr. Yaiping Yang and his colleagues at the Lawson Health Research Institute affiliated with The University of Western Ontario found abdominal fat tissue can reproduce a hormone that stimulates fat cell production. The researchers hope this discovery will change in the way we think about and treat abdominal obesity.Yang identified that the hormone Neuropeptide Y...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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