Health & Medicine

A ‘Beary’ friendly hospital

Volume 11 Number 4 April 13 - May 10 2015

A record number of over 800 student volunteers from the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at The University of Melbourne, staged the increasingly popular Teddy Bear Hospital ‘Kids Big Day Out 2015’ to raise funds for the Royal Children’s Hospital’s Good Friday Appeal.

$10m from Bloomberg Philanthropies for global health data

Volume 11 Number 4 April 13 - May 10 2015

A new gift to the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences seeks to make the information that resides in major research institutions like the University of Melbourne available to all who need it in developing nations. By Christina Tait.

Dog and human parasite gene-mapped

Volume 11 Number 3 March 9 - April 12 2015

 

Scientists have mapped the genome of a disease-causing canine parasite, leading to hopes for development of targeted treatments. By Louise Bennet.

Efficient osteopath regulation = improved care

Volume 11 Number 3 March 9 - April 12 2015

Tessa Shaw reports on collaborative research with Oxford University into the regulation of the practice of osteopathy in Australia and the UK.

 

Re-authoring stories of self: how narrative therapy works

Volume 11 Number 3 March 9 - April 12 2015

 

Katherine Smith speaks with Social Work’s Professor Louise Harms about the rise in interest in narrative therapy from training as well as therapeutic perspectives.

Proteins that pack a punch

Volume 11 Number 3 March 9 - April 12 2015

 

Andi Horvath speaks with medical researcher Michael Parker about new understandings of how protein toxins interact with bacteria.

$5 million gift to fire health innovations

Volume 11 Number 3 March 9 - April 12 2015

 

A gift to the University of Melbourne from Leigh and Sue Clifford will drive innovation in the field of Neural Engineering. By Chris Weaver.

Mental health care starts in the womb

Volume 11 Number 3 March 9 - April 12 2015

 

Andi Horvath speaks with a leading expert in maternal-child health who has shown that intervention before birth to protect mental health has benefits for both mother and baby.

Early palliative support critical for end-of-life care outcomes

Volume 11 Number 3 March 9 - April 12 2015

 

Research shows palliative care earlier rather than later in a severe illness is beneficial to all involved. By Catriona May.

Why can’t we sleep when the weather is warm?

Volume 11 Number 2 February 9 - March 8 2015

 

Andi Horvath asks sleep experts why we struggle with sleep when the weather is warm.

From pole to pole: exploring bipolar

Volume 11 Number 2 February 9 - March 8 2015

 

Bipolar disorder is a complex group of psychiatric illnesses that burdens the lives of millions around the world. In a recent episode of the University’s research podcast, UpClose, leading bipolar disorder researcher Professor Allan Young from King’s College London, discussed some of the key issues surrounding the disorder, including its genetics, links to physical ill-health and available treatments. Following is an edited extract.

Nanoscale tech for better drug delivery

Volume 11 Number 1 January 12 - February 8 2015

 

Ben Hibbs explains how researchers will be able to revolutionise drug delivery by looking at it at the nanoscale.