Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Friday, March 8th, 2019

Pam Haasen

CAMPUS:

  • An interdisciplinary team of scientists and medical practitioners from Western University’s Bone and Joint Institute have made a major breakthrough into better understanding a highly prevalent spine disease that affects an astounding 25 to 30 per cent of North American men over 50
  • Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis – more commonly known as DISH – occurs when ligaments and connective tissues harden along the spine
  • And despite its relatively high level of pervasiveness, very little was known about the disease until now
  • One long held belief about DISH was that it was new bone growth between the spine’s vertebrae that was causing the moderate to severe back pain and stiffness
  • A new study led by Cheryle Séguin from Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, which examined spines from human cadavers, shows that the growths (observed clinically on X-ray) leading to a diagnosis of DISH are, in fact, not always new bone growth but sometimes hyperdense calcified deposits
  • The appearance of these tissues by micro-CT also suggests that this process may not be limited to conventional new bone formation
  • These important findings have been published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research
  • While DISH occurs most commonly in the spine, it can affect almost any part of the skeleton, including hips, knees, ankles, feet, shoulders, hands and ribs
  • The most common symptoms are pain, stiffness and reduced range of motion

LOCAL:

  • The London Public Library is taking delivery of The London Free Press’s extensive internal collection, curated for decades by staff and used by reporters for research, as the paper plans a major move deeper into the city’s downtown core this spring
  • Newspapers have been called a “rough draft of history” and The Free Press is no different
  • The cabinets of photos, dozens of boxes of vintage newspaper clippings and subject indexes for microfilm copies of the newspaper will have a new home at the library’s downtown branch near its local history archive, the London Room
  • Once the collection touches down in the library, The Free Press archive will be digitized and made available to the public
  • Every day, Free Press library staff cut out as many as six copies of the same story, then filed the clippings under different keywords and categories so they could be found easily later on
  • The Free Press library staff also carefully tracked where stories appeared on microfilm copies of the paper, so someone looking for details on a specific topic can narrow their search instead of scrolling through reels and reels of film
  • On Jan. 2, The Free Press celebrated the 170th anniversary of its first edition, in 1849
  • More and more readers are migrating to the newspaper’s website, which draws the largest reader audience in Southwestern Ontario

SPORTS:

  • As the Western Track & Field team starts their pursuit of the podium at the U SPORTS national championship, the national governing body announced their major award winners on Thursday
  • Shaelyn Laurie was announced as the winner of the Student Athlete Community Service Award
  • Laurie turned in a 1.61m high jump effort at the OUA Championships, good for a fourth-place finish
  • While she has jumped to a No. 5 ranking across the country, she has shone even brighter with what she has done in the community
  • The fourth-year student-athlete, who has earned Academic All-Canadian and Dean's Honour List recognition each year, has been part of the United Way Young Leaders program, serving as a youth board member for the Learning Disabilities Association of London; has been a campus ambassador at her high school; raises funds and awareness for Autism Ontario as a volunteer; and contributes annually to the school's Indigenous track and field days
     
  • Tonight your Western Mustangs men’s hockey team is in our nation’s capital to take on the Carleton Ravens at the Ice House for the OUA Bronze Medal
  • The winner of this game will get the finally entry into the U Sports National Championship tournament in Lethbridge, Alberta next week
  • You can catch all the action right here on your ‘Original voice of the Western Mustangs’ 94.9fm starting at 6:50pm, as we set you up for the 7pm puck drop 

WEATHER:

  • Today will be a mainly sunny one, as we reach our daytime high of 0 degrees
  • The weekend will get warm and windy though, as Saturday is slated to have a high of 2 degrees with a mainly sunny sky, but wind gusts up to 50km/h and Sunday we could reach 6 degrees, but with a 70% chance of us seeing some mixed precipitation
  • Monday welcomes you back to your work week with a high of 2 degrees with a few flurries