NEWSCAST - Thursday, July 4th, 2019
With campus news…
- A new study from Western University aims to provide coping mechanisms and communication strategies for patients and caregivers of Alzheimers disease.
- Often, someone with the degenerative neurological disease will become irrational, annoyed or angry. They may verbally or physically lash out with no apparent provocation.
- The accompanying agitation with Alzheimer’s is a significant source of stress and is often difficult to treat. If left untreated it gets worse.
- Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry professor Amer Burhan has developed a pair of interventional studies to provide relief for patients and caregivers.
- The first identifies patients early in their diagnosis and applies a combination of effective communication and medication to manage agitation.
- The second study aims to standardize care for agitated patients whose disease has progressed to the point where they are in hospital or in long-term care.
- Such structured approach is essential for caregivers. Even if caregivers are primed to expect this symptom, few are trained to manage the emotional stress of it.
- The study is in collaboration with Parkwood Institute, a part of St. Joseph’s, that is one of multiple sites across Canada and the United States to participate in Dr. Burhan’s studies.
- London’s biggest summer festival is kicking off today. For the 25th consecutive year, Sunfest will support diversity and artistic excellence in music, dance and the visual arts, here in London.
- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to address the crowd at 6:15 p.m today.
- Sunfest is the largest multicultural event in North America. Last year, Sunfest drew about 110,000 people to Victoria Park during four days.
- Sunfest’s Thursday lineup kicks off with performer Valerie Ekoume. Also on the bill Thursday are the Turbans, 47Soul and the Brooks. The music lasts until Sunday.
- The opening of Sunfest coincides with a Liberal fundraiser in London with a ticket price of $1,500. The event is billed as a pre-election opportunity to hear from the Prime Minister.
- Canada into quarter-finals at International Basketball Federation U-19 World Cup. The defending champions beat Senegal yesterday, 90-79. A.J Lawson came out with 31 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists.
- Meanwhile Canadians at the Grand Slam, Denis Shapovalov and Eugenie Bouchard lost back-to-back matches on Court 14, part of an 0-3 day for Canadian players at the third Grand Slam of the season.
- Also making a quick exit are the Canadian women at the soccer World cup. The Swiss beat the Canadians 1-0 in round 16. The victory lands Sweden a spot in the quarter finals.
- Today afternoon will be a balmy 29 degrees feeling more like 37. The high humidity brings a risk of thunderstorms today and tomorrow. The thunderstorm could possible extend into the weekend as well.