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
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
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,
"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.