Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Thursday, February 28th, 2019

Roger Cumberbatch


  • In a review published today in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences, researchers explore the age-old chicken-or-the-egg conundrum but this time looking at whether obesity reduces self-control or if reduced self-control leads to obesity
  • The authors argue that the short answer is both, and it is largely due to activity in the prefrontal cortex, which is not only affected by our dietary choices, but can also influence it
  • Obesity neuroscience has primarily focused on dysfunction in the brain’s reward pathways, 
but recent studies have found that individual differences in the function and structure of the prefrontal cortex may be of equal importance
  • The extent by which that region of the brain is activated when making decisions has been shown to predict a person’s susceptibility to desiring high-calorie foods
  • Someone with reduced activity in the prefrontal cortex may be more prone to eat more, especially when presented with food cues (e.g., media advertisements), which can cause more changes in the brain that would then cause overeating to occur in the future, and so on, in a loop
  • Improving prefrontal cortex activity by making behavior-based therapies, like exercise and mindfulness, prescribed as the norm is an attractive approach to combating obesity, the authors write
  • However, how to implement these therapies will require further research, as there is currently no conclusive data on how to most effectively apply them
  • The study was supported by the BrainsCAN Postdoctoral Fellowships at Western University and funded by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund and the Australian Research Council

  • An upcoming study looks to understand if epileptic seizure sufferers – especially those for whom previous medications have failed – can find much-needed relief by adding cannabis oil to their regular medication routine
  • In a Health Canada-approved study, researchers will assess whether CBD, plus a low dose of THC, decrease the number of motor seizures in adults with drug-resistant epilepsy, when that combo is used in combination with other anti-epileptic drugs
  • THC and CBD are found naturally in the resin of the cannabis plant. THC is the psychoactive compound – responsible for the ‘high’ people feel – while CBD is not psychoactive and thought to be responsible for many of the medical benefits associated with cannabis
  • A total of 80 participants – 40 assigned to treatment, 40 to a control group – are being recruited for the two-year study from Toronto Western Hospital and University Hospital in London
  • EpLink, the epilepsy research program of the Ontario Brain Institute, initiated a clinical study in partnership with the London Health Sciences Centre, along with Toronto Western Hospital neurologist Peter Tai and EpLink Co-director W. McIntyre Burnham


  • From blush to fuscia, Londoners donned pink shirts on Tuesday as part of a national stand against bullying
  • Canada’s Pink Shirt Day started in 2007 when two Nova Scotia teenagers urged other students to wear the coloured clothing item to support a peer who was being bullied for wearing a pink shirt
  • The shirts are now an anti-bullying symbol, recognized across Canada and in many other countries around the world
  • The annual event raises awareness about bullying, the importance of speaking up if you’re a bystander and the need to treat people with kindness
  • In the London area, the Thames Valley District school board and London District Catholic school board were celebrating pink shirt day yesterday, encouraging staff and students to don the hue
  • London police also joined in the campaign, posting photos on social media of special pink uniform decals they’re wearing to mark the occasion


  • Last night the women’s hockey team started their second round of the OUA playoffs
  • Three final frame University of Toronto goals secured the Varsity Blues' 3-0 win against the Western Mustangs Wednesday evening at Thompson Arena
  • Kiyono Cox, Mathilde De Serres, and Taylor Trussler marked Toronto's three third period goals
  • One minute into the second period, Alyssa Chiarello picked up a rebound and put it top shelf, but the referee blew the play dead just a few moments before and did not count the goal
  • With eight minutes of play to go, De Serres deflected the puck into the Mustangs' net while on the power play
  • Trussler scored an empty-netter and the Varsity Blues' final marker with 45 seconds left to end the score 3-0 for U of T
  • Tonight the Western Mustangs men’s hockey team continues their Queen’s Cup playoff journey, with Game #1 tonight of the OUA West Finals against the Guelph Gryphons
  • The two teams splits their regular season series at 1-1
  • If you can’t make it to Thompson Arena, don’t worry, you can listen to the game here on your “original voice of the Western Mustangs” 94.9fm starting at 6:50pm as our pregame show sets you up for the 7pm puck drop


  • A mainly sunny morning will turn into a partly sunny afternoon as we reach our daytime high of -3
  • Things drop down to -11 overnight with clear breaks and more clouds in the evening
  • Friday is going to be a mainly sunny day, with a surprising high of +4 degrees
  • Saturday and Sunday are +1 with flurries and -3 with snow respectively