From euphoric highs to debilitating lows. That’s life with Bipolar Disorder. For many people the symptoms of this mood disorder first appear in the prime of life and during their prime child-bearing years. Now Lawson Research is offering hope to women with Bipolar, but who worry about the possible consequences during pregnancy.


The Terry Fox Run London organizing committee is happy to announce the winners of the Terry Fox poster contest held in schools of the Thames Valley District and London District Catholic School Boards. In the Grades 1 – 5 category, the winner is Aikamdeep Singh Malhotra, a Grade 5 student at Princess Anne French Immersion School.

In the category of Grades 6 – 8, the winner is Shawn Kim, a Grade 7 student at Jeanne SauvĂ© French Immersion School.

The winner of the Grades 9 -12 group was Rachel Rin, a Grade
11 student at John Paul II Catholic Secondary School.

All submitted posters will be available for viewing by the public for the rest of the week, until Sunday, August 26, at Masonville Place shopping centre, next to the glass elevator. The organizing committee would like to thank the poster judges, who included: Jan Sims, host of CTV’s “Lifetime”; Daisy-Mae Hamelinck, School Development Officer, The Terry Fox Foundation; Pasqualina Cardu, morning show personality, FREE FM 98.1; Dan Walker, radio personality, BX93 FM; Lisa Kokenyesi, Learning Coordinator, Visual Arts and Drama, Thames Valley District School Board; Mary Holmes, Former Visual Arts Coordinator (Retired), London District Catholic School Board; Richard Rae, Chairperson, “Imadon Expressions In Chalk” (London Chalk Festival); Kalyn Rae, artist, “Imadon Expressions In Chalk”; and Ian Gillespie, City Columnist, The London Free Press.

The Terry Fox Run will be held on Sunday, September 16, at Springbank Gardens on Wonderland Road. Registration is open from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., and the official start is at 10:00 a.m. Pledge forms can be picked up at Shoppers Drug Marts and Home Hardware stores, or online at

As summer comes to a close so begins the peak season for stings by insects like wasps, bees, and hornets. And the allergy clinic at St. Joseph’s Hospital in London has some advice on how to take the sting out of late summer. Cases of insect stings peak in September. That’s because the cooler weather makes the insects slower and more likely to come into contact with humans. A non-allergic reaction to stings is pain and localized swelling which can be treated with over the counter remedies. But the clinic warns to be alert for signs of a severe reaction which can include swelling, hives, itching and respiratory problems. The good news is that there is treatment for those who have had severe anaphylactic reactions to bee venom in the past.

We all know it’s dangerous to leave pets in the car on a hot summer day, now a new invention may help pet owners keep their best friend safe. Jonelle Merrill explains how it works.

It’s expected some 550 Ontario women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer this year. And today, new screening guidelines were announced affecting the age at which women routinely get pap smears. Previous guidelines recommended screening every 2 to 3 years when a woman became sexually active. Cancer Care Ontario now recommends that pap smears be administered starting at age 21. The tests would be given every three years until a woman reaches the age of 70. The guidelines are supported by the Canadian Cancer Society.

A provocative new study by a Western University researcher takes aim at eating egg yolks comparing the cholesterol in the yolks with smoking cigarettes as a risk factor for heart disease.

Technology that’s fueled the gaming world could be a game changer for people with Parkinson’s Disease. Lawson Researchers have developed a virtual world to help people with Parkinson’s perform day to day tasks. It’s a project that could one day be used as a template to help people navigate their everyday world with greater command and confidence.

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