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Health & Wellbeing

From personalised health to public policy: the latest in medical and wellbeing research and innovation.

  1. 21 August 2017 – Brain, Cognitive Development, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Mental Health, Schizophrenia

    Mapping how schizophrenia changes brains

    A large University of Melbourne study has used brain scans to map the link between cognitive function and brain structure in people with schizophrenia.

  2. 31 July 2017 – Babies, Childbirth, Paediactrics, Pregnancy, Premature Birth

    Rethinking premature baby care

    More modern care for premature babies is leading to worse lung function later in childhood, compared to earlier care, University of Melbourne research has found

  3. 31 July 2017 – Fragile X Syndrome, Genetics, Paediactrics, Pregnancy, genetic screening

    Study backs wider carrier screening for Fragile X Syndrome

    Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and University of Melbourne study backs need for wider carrier screening for Fragile X Syndrome – a genetic cause of autism

  4. Podcast28 July 2017 – Disability, Economics, Epidemiology, Public health, Social Justice

    How attitudes disable

    Social epidemiologist Eric Emerson argues we've yet to grasp how disability arises not from impairment but from the interaction between health and our society.

  5. 27 July 2017 – Algorithms, Epilepsy, Forecasting, Neuro-engineering, Seizures

    Predicting epileptic seizures, just like the weather

    University of Melbourne researchers can now predict the likelihood someone with epilepsy will have a seizure that day, paving the way for a forecasting app.

  6. 25 July 2017 – Ageing, Alzheimer's, Degenerative Brain Disease, Dementia, Neuroscience

    ‘Rusty’ brains linked to Alzheimer’s

    University of Melbourne researchers have discovered high iron levels in the brain play an important role in the onset of Alzheimer's.

  7. 20 July 2017 – Anaesthesia, History, Medicine, Obesity, Surgery

    The milk of amnesia: A brief history of anaesthesia

    The discovery of anaesthesia paved the way for modern surgical practice but the science continues to evolve, says a University of Melbourne expert.

  8. 19 July 2017 – Babies, Children, Paediactrics, Rehabilitation, Strokes

    Child stroke survivors have time on their side

    New research from the University of Melbourne has found children who survive a stroke have a much longer period in which to recover motor skills than adults.

  9. 17 July 2017 – Big Data, Bloomberg Data for Health Initiative, Global Burden of Disease, Global Health, Mortality

    How death by numbers promotes global health

    University of Melbourne population health expert, Alan Lopez, has received Bloomberg funding to help developing countries improve their cause of death data.

  10. 15 July 2017 – Babies, Childbirth, Paediactrics, Pregnancy, Premature Birth

    How caffeine helps premature babies breathe easy

    New research from the University of Melbourne has found caffeine, commonly prescribed to help pre-term babies breathe better, has long-term benefits.