Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Monday, May 13th, 2019

Navaneeth Mohan



  • A new study led by Western and Lawson Health Research Institute has revealed that mothers of epileptic patients are also at an increased risk of depression. 
  • While this may not sound surprising, surely a good mother puts her child’s health before her own, the depressive symptoms persisted even when the child had been seizure free for more than 5 years. 
  • The study rang the bell for adopting a holistic view when it came to tackling epilepsy. Physicians have to consider the health and well-being of the entire family when treating children with epilepsy. Afterall, the family’s health can impact the child’s health as well. 
  • The research was conducted by Klajdi Puka, an Epidemiology and Biostatistics PhD candidate in Dr. Kathy Speechley’s lab at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. 
  • The study followed the lives of 356 mothers of children with epilepsy, over a 10 year period following the diagnosis. During this time, the family’s environment was assessed as well. The research has shown that 57 percent of the mothers were at risk for major depressive disorder at some point during the decade. 
  • The research team is now expanding on its work by piloting an eight-week intervention program for both children with epilepsy and their parents. This community-based treatment program will be delivered to 100 families of children with epilepsy, focusing on mindful awareness, social-emotional learning skills, neuroscience and positive psychology.
  • Puka recently received a $5,000 fellowship grant from the Canadian Mental Health Association to continue his research into the long-term mental-health implications of childhood-onset epilepsy. He estimates more than 15,000 youth with epilepsy in Ontario stand to benefit from targeted interventions.


  • In a big move by cycling advocates, the city’s civic works will review a report for work on London’s Thames Valley Parkway. The project is expected to cost 6.3 million dollars and aims to  connect Richmond and Adelaide streets along the north branch of the Thames River.
  • This will save 50,000 cyclists and walkers the dangers of using a busy stretch of Richmond street. 
  • As part of the proposed connection, the city would build two bridges over the river.
  • The first of the two bridges would be built through Ross Park, while the second one would be built through the driveway entrance to the North London fields.
  • Such projects have faced challenges in the past due to the environmental costs associated with building bridges.
  • According to staff estimates, construction of the first phases of the project, for which the city has received $3.3 million from the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling program, is expected to begin in the fall.
  • The installation of the bridges isn’t expected to be completed before next spring, with the entire project being completed by the end of September 2020.


  • Tonight is the launch of Green Economy London, the city’s hub for business sustainability hosted by the London Environmental Network. 
  • The launch party will see attendance by business leaders who have built a credible brand while also reducing emissions.
  • The event will be held at the London Convention Centre from 4pm to 6pm. 


  • The London Majors began their season with their home-opener at Labatt Park on Friday night against the Hamilton Cardinals. A four-run 8th inning by Hamilton was the difference in the 7-2 loss by London. Greg Bowman was at the game and spoke with manager Roop Chanderdat and starting pitcher, Owen Boon, who had a no-decision going five and two-thirds innings, giving up two earned runs on six hits while striking out seven batters. He talked about the start for his team:
  • The Majors also played yesterday, falling to the five-time defending IBL champion Barrie Baycats 11-6. The Majors will be in action on Friday back home when they host the Brantford Red Sox.


  • This Monday started off on a drowsy note with cloudy skies and wet roads. The clouds will break this afternoon with a light drizzle that will extend into the evening. Tonight’s low of 5C will create the right conditions for foggy patches. 
  • The skies will remain clear for the week beginning with tomorrow’s high of 15 degrees.