Health & Medicine

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.

Healthier kids: Insights from twin research

Volume 11 Number 1 January 12 - February 8 2015

 

Twin researchers gathered in Melbourne during December to share ways in which research with twins can advance science. By Lynette Walker.

Investing in cancer control saves lives – and makes financial sense

Volume 11 Number 1 January 12 - February 8 2015

 

In December, world cancer leaders from UN agencies, ministries of health and finance, research institutes, international cancer organisations and private sector organisations gathered in Melbourne to make an economic case for investment in cancer prevention. By Elizabeth Brumby

Melbourne’s new graduate doctors

Volume 10 Number 12 December 8 2014 - January 11 2015

 

As the first cohort of the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program graduates this month, Kate Dukes speaks to four members of the class about their experience and next steps.

Engineering a better recovery

Volume 10 Number 12 December 8 2014 - January 11 2015

 

The interface between medicine and engineering is growing ever stronger and clinicians are using new technologies to improve outcomes for patients. University of Melbourne experts have joined forces with the rehabilitation staff at the Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH) to work with patients recovering from stroke or other nervous system injury. Annie Rahilly reports on the hands-together approach to this important initiative.

Building the allure of a country practice

Volume 10 Number 12 December 8 2014 - January 11 2015

 

Stav Psonis speaks with health economist Anthony Scott about research designed to inform decision-making about attracting GPs to rural practice.

Indigenous students get the opportunity to RISE

Volume 10 Number 12 December 8 2014 - January 11 2015

 

Indigenous high school students from across Australia gathered at the University last month for a week of hands-on science experiences. By Nerissa Hannink.

Making a difference in Uganda

Volume 10 Number 12 December 8 2014 - January 11 2015

 

University of Melbourne health and law graduates from Uganda are making significant contribution to their country’s professional skills base, thanks to investment from the federal government’s Australia Awards program, and Melbourne scholarships. By Elizabeth Brumby

Enhancing the nursing workforce

Volume 10 Number 12 December 8 2014 - January 11 2015

 

Nursing is changing as fast as the science and technology that is the foundation of health professions. Liz Banks-Anderson reports on how specialised nursing training is enhancing the nursing workforce’s skills base.

Teeth Tales tells a story

Volume 10 Number 11 November 10 - December 7 2014

 

Research into the oral health of children from migrant backgrounds has found significant barriers to parents accessing mainstream care and information. By Annie Rahilly.