Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Thursday, July 4th, 2019

Navaneeth Mohan

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.