November 12, 2003  
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NEWS

No bones is good... if you're a worm

The hip bone's connected to the backbone...

November is osteoporosis awareness month. Osteoporosis is a serious disease concerning inadequate bone cell replacement. There are 1.4 million Canadians who currently suffer from osteoporosis and 40 per cent of women and 15 per cent of men will experience some effects of the disease during their lives.

"Our bones are very dynamic structures that are constantly remodeling" said Patricia Watson, assistant professor of the departments of medicine and physiology & pharmacology at Western.

Bone remodeling relies on sex hormones and as people age, the amount of bone cells replaced is lower as the hormone supply decreases, Watson said. The remodelling reaches a peak when people are in their 30s and after the balance of bone cell replacement falls out.

Research is intensive right now; currently there are 12 clinical trials studying osteoporosis, Watson said. To reduce the risk of getting osteoporosis, she suggested high calcium intake and exercise to increase bone mass.

-Scott Legree

Cutting off her hair to buy a cow

A Western professor will be and donating 12 inches of her own hair to support HIV/AIDS research.

"The week of Nov. 24 is HIV/AIDS awareness week," said Kathleen D. Kevany, director of the Centre for New Students and adjunct professor of political science at Western. She said she is collecting donations which will go to support the Western Heads East program.

The program seeks to send Western students to Tanzania to do internships and research led by Greggor Reid's work in probiotics. "Probiotics are positive bacteria found in yogurt - they have been found to increase immunity in people with HIV/AIDS," Kevany explained.

"The money raised will also buy resources for the project," Kevany said, adding what is needed is a cow or a goat to provide milk. This will be a sustainable resource, as well as providing economic development for the community, she said.

Anyone who wishes to support Kevany in her fundraising efforts can bring donations to the front desk of the Centre for New Students in Rm. 65 of the Stevenson-Lawson Building.

Ivey students share the (intellectual) wealth

The China Teaching Project wants to be your one-stop shopping solution.

This project aims to send Ivey masters of business administration students to Beijing and Shanghai to teach business to local students. "[We will be dealing with] students at the two best business schools in mainland China," said Francois Girard, a first-year MBA student.

In an effort to fundraise for the project, a catalogue full of various gift items will be available. "They are all below retail prices," Girard said. The items are available to order at a booth in the atrium of the business school, he added, noting orders can be picked up at the University Community Centre. The sale will end on Nov. 16, he said.

The China Teaching Project would have been in its 11th year but it was cancelled last year due to SARS, Girard said. It is aimed to be a rich experience for MBA students as well as the students in China, he noted, adding the Ivey case study method will be taught.

To get more information about this fundraising effort, contact chinateachingproject@yahoo.ca or go to http://groups.ivey.uwo.ca/chinateachingproject/Fundraising.asp.

-Laura Katsirdakis

They hate hate and march against hate

Do you hate hatred? Then come on out to a ceremonial and educational event tomorrow.

A candlelight hate crimes vigil will be held on Thu., Nov. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m., said USC VP-campus issues Adrienne Kennedy. "It's about empowering students to combat hate on campus," she said.

Hate crimes can include any verbal, written or physical attacks on individuals or property, Kennedy said. "[They are] generally biased against religion, culture or sexual orientation."

Kennedy said the vigil will start on the Concrete Beach and will feature a variety of speakers from organizations such as the Association for the Elimination of Hate, B'nai Brith and the Womens' Issues Network. There will be an informative media presentation followed by a walk around campus, she added.

Bandannas and buttons commemorating the vigil will be sold at the event while refreshments will be provided for free.

-Anton Vidgen

 

 

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