Health & Medicine

Winning Melbourne research

Volume 9 Number 11 November 11 - December 9 2013

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Annie Rahilly, Andi Horvath and Camilla Orr-Thompson report on a range of science and technology awards and prizes won by Melbourne researchers recently.

Singing praises for leading leukaemia researcher

Volume 9 Number 11 November 11 - December 9 2013

 

Cancer researcher Andrew Roberts has been appointed the inaugural Metcalf Chair of Leukaemia Research.  Liz Williams and Andi Horvath profile the research careers of both appointee and the Chair’s namesake.

Living with hope, and Huntington’s risk

Volume 9 Number 11 November 11 - December 9 2013

 

Katherine Smith speaks with a University of Melbourne academic and Huntington’s Disease researcher Professor Martin Delatycki about living with risk and progress toward treatments.

Research to reduce malaria baby deaths

Volume 9 Number 11 November 11 - December 9 2013

 

Around the globe babies are dying due to their mothers having been infected with malaria during pregnancy. Simona John von Freyend learns of a new research discovery that sheds light on the condition and could prevent the deaths.

The heart of the matter

Volume 9 Number 11 November 11 - December 9 2013

 

There has been a huge increase in participation rates for mass sporting events, and a group of clinicians and researchers from St Vincent’s Melbourne is looking at cardiac function in elite-level athletes. Annie Rahilly reports on what physical activity teaches us about the heart.

AMA scholarship for Melbourne medical student

Volume 9 Number 10 October 14 - November 10 2013

 

Melbourne medical student Ngaree Blow has won the Australian Medical Association’s Indigenous People’s Scholarship. By Zoe Nikakis.

New national guidelines for PTSD treatment in young people

Volume 9 Number 10 October 14 - November 10 2013

 

For the first time, national guidelines for the treatment of PTSD include recommendations for children and adolescents as well as adults. By Elizabeth Brumby.

Variations on a gene

Volume 9 Number 10 October 14 - November 10 2013

 

This year is the 60th anniversary of the discovery of DNA’s structure, but DNA’s best years are yet to come, according to Andi Horvath, who explores progress to date in understanding our genetic core.

Bench to bedside: arthritic inflammation and pain

Volume 9 Number 9 September 9 - October 14 2013

 

Professor John Hamilton has dedicated much of his professional and adult life pursuing the elimination of arthritic pain. He spoke to Elizabeth Brumby about how high quality research, long-term commitment and effective collaboration over the past 30 years has resulted in successful clinical outcomes.

Keeping an eye on the line

Volume 9 Number 9 September 9 - October 14 2013

 

With AFL football finals on the horizon, research from the Melbourne School of Engineering that offers athletes a crystal-ball approach to maintaining optimal wellness of vulnerable knees and joints is making a difference to at least one football club. By Annie Rahilly.

Improving the wellbeing of family carers

Volume 9 Number 9 September 9 - October 14 2013

 

Rebecca Scott shares the experiences of a family carer and how new strategies have improved the lives of those caring for the terminally ill, and for people who want to die at home.

Navigating the nutriscape

Volume 9 Number 9 September 9 - October 14 2013

We’re swimming in food but we’re not eating well, and our waistlines are steadily expanding. Has the developed world lost the plot when it comes to nutrition?  And is the developing world far behind us with a tide of obesity and associated diseases? Katherine Smith speaks to expert Gyorgy Scrinis on the sociology and politics of nutrition about problems with what he has termed “nutritionism”, as well as to a group of young ‘activists’ who are imagining a world free from non-communicable diseases.