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Category Archives: Health Sciences

Teen terminal illness blurs boundaries

Teen terminal illness blurs boundaries

Blurring professional and personal boundaries can sometimes happen when it comes to caring for adolescents and young adults (AYA) with a terminal illness, according to a Flinders University palliative care expert. Ms Kim Devery, a lecturer in the Department of Palliative and Supportive Services, and colleague Mrs Sharon Bowering last week presented a keynote addressContinue Reading

Detox diets don’t work

Detox diets don’t work

Detox diets are just another weight loss wonder, says Flinders University’s Head of Human Physiology, Professor Simon Brookes. With Christmas fast approaching – one of the busiest times on the social calendar – Professor Brookes warns that quick-fix detox drinks and liver-cleaning potions will do little to flush toxins from the body after weeks ofContinue Reading

Remember your health before travel

Remember your health before travel

Those heading overseas should allow at least a few weeks before they travel, to ensure they are properly prepared in terms of health and vaccination, a James Cook University academic has warned. Australian residents made a record eight million short-term trips overseas in 2011-12, often lured overseas by strong Aussie dollar and cut price airfares,Continue Reading

The longevity of Olympic medalists in the modern era

The longevity of Olympic medalists in the modern era

Olympians live longer than the general population research from the University of Melbourne and published in the British Medical Journal today, has found. The study found Olympic medalists live an average of 2.8 years longer than the general population, regardless of country of origin, colour of medal won, or type of sport played. Researchers comparedContinue Reading

Disease ‘threatens’ fastest-growing food production industry

Disease ‘threatens’ fastest-growing food production industry

Two leading marine ecologists have warned that, without strategic management, disease has the potential to threaten food security in tropical aquaculture. Aquaculture is currently the fastest-growing food production industry in the world, and is rapidly replacing wild fisheries in supplying the world’s population with fish and shellfish. However, infectious disease continues to pose a majorContinue Reading

Salt a new target for reducing overweight and obesity in children

Salt a new target for reducing overweight and obesity in children

Salt may be lurking as a silent contributor to the growing childhood obesity epidemic, Deakin University health researchers have found. In a study of more than 4,200 Australian children, the researchers with Deakin’s Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research have found that children who consume high amounts of salt are also likely to drinkContinue Reading

Depression: a two-sided challenge for sufferers and loved ones

Depression: a two-sided challenge for sufferers and loved ones

If you are feeling depressed and have thought about suicide, please take the following steps to start feeling better. Go to your regular doctor, or one you feel you can trust, and talk to them about a referral for professional counselling. Confide in a close friend or family member. Know that talking about feeling depressedContinue Reading

New research shows an interesting twist in the fight against malaria

New research shows an interesting twist in the fight against malaria

New research published in the prestigious ­Science journal has challenged previous notions about how the body fights against malaria infection. Scientists have discovered that platelets, normally known for their role in preventing bleeding, can actually target and kill the parasite that causes malaria as it grows inside red blood cells. The key to these latestContinue Reading

Brain imaging identifies bipolar risk

Brain imaging identifies bipolar risk

Researchers from the Black Dog Institute and University of NSW have used brain imaging technology to show that young people with a known genetic risk of bipolar but no clinical signs of the condition have clear and quantifiable differences in brain activity when compared to controls. “We found that the young people who had aContinue Reading

Excessive alcohol when you’re young could have lasting impacts on your brain

Alcohol misuse in young people causes significant changes in their brain function and structure. This and other findings were recently reviewed by Dr Daniel Hermens from the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Research Institute in the journal Cortex. “Young people are particularly vulnerable to the damaging effects of alcohol misuse,” said Dr Hermens. MostContinue Reading

Low back pain world’s highest contributor to disability

Low back pain is the highest contributor to disability in the world, according to a pivotal international study released today. A study published by The Lancet in the latest Global Burden of Disease Study, found lower back pain and osteoarthritis are now ranked second only to cancer as a leading cause of disease burden in Australasia. ProfessorContinue Reading

Diesel fumes increase risk of childhood brain tumours

Diesel fumes increase risk of childhood brain tumours

A link between brain tumours in children and their parents’ exposure to diesel exhaust fumes before birth has been found by researchers at The University of Western Australia-affiliated Western Australian Institute for Medical Research (WAIMR) and the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research (TICHR). The study, Parental Occupational Exposure to Engine Exhausts and Childhood Brain Tumours,Continue Reading

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