Health & Medicine

Memory concern in the age of [too much] information

Volume 11 Number 6 June 8 - July 13 2015

Neuropsychologist Michael Saling explains that even though concerns about memory function are frequently expressed by generally well people, we probably don’t need to worry as much as we do about minor forgetfulness.

Box jellyfish first aid guidelines stay put despite doubts over vinegar antidote

Volume 11 Number 5 May 11 - June 7 2015

Derrick Krusche, a graduate of the University of Melbourne’s Masters of Journalism course, won last year’s Ossie Award for Best Print Story. The Ossie Awards are given each year by the Journalism Education & Research Association of Australia. His story here was originally published in the Centre for Advancing Journalism’s The Citizen, and reprinted also in the Cairns Post. Mr Krusche was one of a number of students who won awards for their work.

Know your foods!

Volume 11 Number 5 May 11 - June 7 2015

Andi Horvath explores the various categories of plant foods, including legumes, nuts, fruits and flowers. Did you know a pumpkin is really a fruit, and a peanut is a legume? Researchers working in food safety care a lot, and explain why correct classification is important to inform decision-making for food storage and transportation.

Paradigm shift: now targeting dormant as well as growing cancer cells

Volume 11 Number 5 May 11 - June 7 2015

New discoveries in the activity of stem cells and proteins in bowel cancer herald major advances in treatments. By Christina Tait.

Call for ingredient disclosure in everyday cleaners

Volume 11 Number 5 May 11 - June 7 2015

Andi Horvath speaks with researcher Anne Steinemann about the pollutants we encounter from everyday products.

The difference 1000 days make in the life of a child

Volume 11 Number 5 May 11 - June 7 2015

Lisa Mamone explores a research project that seeks to establish an evidence-based data set to support health planning for Indigenous children from conception to age two … the first 1000 days.

Talking about sexual health in a new century

Volume 11 Number 4 April 13 - May 10 2015

Annie Rahilly introduces a new book that looks at sex and sexual health from an interdisciplinary perspective.

How old are we really?

Volume 11 Number 4 April 13 - May 10 2015

Andi Horvath explores the biological and environmental factors that contribute to human ageing.

Grants support vital research in epilepsy, cancer and malaria

Volume 11 Number 4 April 13 - May 10 2015

Melbourne medical researchers have welcomed new federal government grants to support Australia’s health. By Annie Rahilly.

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.