October 1, 2003  
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Researching to not forget sooner

New research at Western is attempting to delay and prevent stroke and Alzheimer's disease.

The two gentlemen leading the way are Dr. Vladimir Hachinski, a neurologist at London Health Sciences Centre and Dr. David Cechetto of Western's department of anatomy.

Hachinski explained the researchers have used animal models and noticed that when a stroke is produced, the levels of the protein amyloid increase and cause inflammation.

"[To combat this], drugs can be given to reduce inflammation to prevent the development of Alzheimer's after a stroke," Hachinski noted.

The second area they are looking into are risk factors. "Only one in five of those with high blood pressure and high cholesterol have it normalized," Hachinski said. In order to control these factors, researchers have used nurses and trained volunteers to work with high risk patients.

Hachinski is the first president of the International Society for Vascular Behavioural and Cognitive Disorders. The new organization is attempting to delay and prevent Alzheimer's, vascular cognitive impairment and even depression.

E-mail about books, no wait

Employees, it seems, are wasting company time on things other than Internet porn.

Christina Cavanagh, professor of management communications at the Richard Ivey School of Business, has published a new book entitled Managing Your E-mail: Thinking Outside the Inbox. "The book is about workplace e-mail, all the issues we have surrounding electronic mail and the overuse of it," she said.

Cavanagh said she had been doing workshops and guest speaking since 2000 and found a hungry audience looking for solutions. She said she felt her book offered a lot of solutions.

She also noted while e-mail was seen to be a tool to increase productivity, it has meant longer hours taken to read and respond to e-mails.

The book targets the end user and is meant to look at how we use this channel productively without creating more stress, Cavanagh explained. While she said she felt there are many problems with e-mail overuse, there is no cookie-cutter solution and it depends on the individual situation.

"I'm not anti-e-mail," Cavanagh clarified, in an attempt to dispel any "anti-digitalite" rumours which have arisen.

- Dan Dedic

People walk for people who can not

Children with disabilities will receive a large boost if people get off their butts and walk.

The Easter Seals of Canada will be holding a charity walk on Oct. 5 at Elgin Hall, said Erin Schned, volunteer co-ordinator of the event for Easter Seals at Western, noting registration for the event will begin at 10 a.m. and the walk will commence at 12 p.m.

The University Students' Council is co-sponsoring the event and the hope is there will be a considerable student turnout, Schned said.

"All the money goes to children with disabilities," Schned explained, citing the money will be used to buy equipment for the 350 children in the London area who rely on the donations from the charity.

According to Schned, the goal for the walk will be $5,000 for disabled youth in London, "It doesn't matter if you bring two bucks or five bucks, just come out," she added.

-Marshall Bellamy



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