Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

Navaneeth Mohan

  • One of the most common knee injuries plaguing athletes is an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear. This usually happens when athletes change directions or make sudden stops. A recently published study born out of the collaboration of Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and Lawson Health Research Inst delivers a new life for injured athletes. 
  • In a clinical trial led by professor Alan Getgood, researchers showed that by performing a surgical procedure in addition to ACL surgery – called a lateral extra-articular tenodesis (LET) – may reduce the risk of ACL re-injury in patients under the age of 25.
  • LET creates a new ligament-like structure outside of the knee to provide additional support. 
  • The study was the largest of its kind, involving 624 participants from nine centres across Canada and Europe. 
  • Half the study participants received standard care, consisting of ACL reconstruction, while the other half received ACL reconstruction with the additional LET procedure. 
  • Re-injury occurred in 11 per cent of patients receiving the standard care only, compared to only 4 per cent of patients who received both procedures. That is a 65% risk reduction. 
  • The research team also studied a number of other outcomes, including pain, muscle strength and athletic function. Although the LET procedure resulted in slightly higher levels of post-operative pain and slightly decreased muscle strength in the three months following surgery, these complications did not persist. There were no differences in outcomes one and two years after surgery.
  • Alan Getgood’s research, aptly titled The Stability Study, was awarded Best Scientific Paper by the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine 
  • Getgood has received funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to conduct a follow-up study, which will compare ACL reconstruction with and without LET using two other types of grafts – patellar tendon grafts and quadriceps tendon grafts.
  • Friends of the Gardens (FOGs) is a group of volunteer gardeners at Western University.  And today is their big annual sale. 
  • For as low as a dollar, you could pot your house with a variety of perennials, trees, shrubs, herbs, and even vegetables. 
  • The plant sale will be located at their gardens, East of the Biological & Geological Sciences Building by the parking lot outside the Grad Club. 
  • Please note that payment is acceptable only by cash or personal cheque. The proceeds from the sale go towards annual student bursaries and FOGs operating expenses.
  • The sale is open from 12 to 2:30 pm today. Tomorrow and the day-after it will be open from 12-1pm and every Thursday there on. For more information, check out FOGSUWO.CA


  • With a growing number of measles reports in Ontario and Michigan, the London-Middlesex public health officials are on high alert. 
  • Last week, Toronto and Montreal reported new cases of Measles. In both cities, the outbreak was travel related. Officials suspect that as any as 400 people might have been exposed to the virus. 
  • Across the border, at least 40 measles cases have been reported in Detroit since mid-March.
  • The measles virus can be spread by coughing or sneezing and can live for up to two hours in the air. Symptoms include fever, a red blotchy rash, red watery eyes and white spots in the mouth. The disease can cause serious and potentially fatal complications.
  • The best way to prevent a measles infection is to get the dual dose vaccination. Those travelling abroad should check with their family physicians that they have received both. 


  • Last night’s Game 4 of the Conference finals saw the Raptors tie the series with the Bucks. 
  • Right from the get-go, the Raptors took flight and maintained a comfortable lead over the bucks. 
  • Despite Kawhi Leonard coming out a little short with only 19 points in his 34 minutes of gametime, the raptors Kyle Lowry, Norman Powell, Marc Gasol, and Serge Ibaka held a strong offense. 
  • The bucks leading scorer was Khris Middleton with 30 points in 36 minutes. Their forward Giannis scored 25 points in 34 minutes.
  • The Raptors will be on the road for Game 5 tomorrow. Jump ball at 8:30pm 
  • Today’s cloud coverage confirms a wet day for the Forest city starting out with a drizzle in the afternoon that will turn into a thunderstorm in the evening. The moisture also brings with it the risk of foggy patches overnight. 
  • The wet days will continue into the weekend. 
  • Today's low of 10 degrees is behind us and we can expect the mercury to peak at 20C degrees in the evening.