NEWSCAST - Thursday, May 9th, 2019
- Everyday nearly 3 million Canadians struggle with asthma. A chronic inflamatory disease of the airways. Until recently, it was thought that the disease affected men and women similarly but, a team of Western researchers has shown that is not the case.
- Dr. Lauren Solomon, a postdoctoral researcher at the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine group found that the traditional treatment of steroids was ineffective against and even aggravated the disease for women.
- The reason was found to be Estrogen, the predominant sex hormone in women.
- Dr. Solomon first suspected this when she noticed that women’s white blood cell demography was different from men’s.
- She then took her work to the lab where she added estrogen and steroids to cell cultures obtained from blood donors. The tests confirmed her suspicion. Though the women were being prescribed the maximum allowable dose, the steroids were effective only for a day. The next day, when the cells were exposed to an allergent, they produced more of the molecules that cause inflammation.
- The next stage of her study is to identify whose medication is not working and make them candidates for alternative therapies. Dr. Solomon is on it already.
- A sinkhole has surfaced on Philip Aziz Avenue, forcing a road closure from Western Road to Huron Drive.
- Officials say it will not take very long to make that repair.
- Sinkholes are usually caused when the underlying pipes crack, causing a drastic drop in the pressure immediately below the surface. They are far more common in the rainy season when the ground is soft and pliable to pressure.
- Right now, as your are tuning into the 94.9FM the city of London will be testing its emergency communications system by issuing a message to everyone with a residential phone line and all others who have signed up to receive alerts.
- Today’s emergency notification was just a test. No need to panic. In the circumstance that it is an actual emergency, the notification will include specific information pertaining to the emergency.
- If you wish to be notified of such emergencies via text or email, you can sign up to receive alerts at www.london.ca/AlertLondon
- The London Nationals fell in overtime last night 3-2 in Game 7 of the Sutherland Cup Championship to the Waterloo Siskins. London led 2-1 in the third period, when Sam Spaedt of the Siskins capitalized on Waterloo’s only power-play of the game.
- Over 15 minutes into overtime, Alec Tiley took a point shot that got deflected and went into the London net, winning the Sutherland Cup Championship for the Waterloo Siskins.
- It is Waterloo’s GOJHL-leading 12th Sutherland Cup but their first since 1994. The Nationals have been in the Sutherland Cup Championship series three of the past four years but have not won it since 2013.
- After yesterday’s sunny skies and cool night, the Forest City dwellers can expect a downpour tonight.Fortunately, the thunderstorm will be short-lived.
- Tomorrow will be a mix of clouds and sun, perfect for the London Majors home opener at Labatt Park. Some light rain is expected on Sunday.