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Health & Wellbeing

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

  1. 5 February 2017 – Child Health, Childbirth, Pregnancy, Premature Birth

    Predicting premmies: The test that could save babies’ lives

    A simple, affordable and reliable test that predicts if a baby is likely to be born prematurely could help save lives and reduce anxiety for parents-to-be.

  2. 28 January 2017 – Lung Cancer, Lung Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Smoking, Stem Cells

    Caught! The cell behind a lung cancer

    Painstaking laboratory work and genetic analysis has uncovered error-prone basal stem cells as the likely culprits at the root of a major lung cancer.

  3. 17 January 2017 – Bee Sting, Snake Bite, Venom, anaphylaxis

    Venomous stings and bites lie close to home

    An audit of the stings and bites from Australia's venomous creatures shows that bees and snakes are the biggest health threat, and your home is the danger zone.

  4. 12 January 2017 – Bio-engineering, Heart Attacks, Medical Devices, Stents

    The stent tech-race against heart attack

    From dissolving materials to nanoscience, a technology race is underway to make coronary stents failure-proof because stent failure often means a heart attack.

  5. 20 December 2016 – Authors, Children, Parenting, Wellbeing

    It takes two to write and laugh

    Sisters Lisa Gibbs and Bernadette Hellard have found fun and success in writing children's books that aim to build the resilience of younger readers.

  6. 9 January 2017 – Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Gut Bacteria, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

    Chronic fatigue syndrome a kick in the guts

    The debilitating lack of energy experienced by sufferers of chronic fatigue syndrome, or myalgic encephalomyelitis, may be sourced to gut bacteria.

  7. 23 December 2016 – Evolution, Hair, Mammals, Stem Cells

    Goosebumps can give us more than the shivers

    Goosebumps are not just your body's way of reacting to emotion. They could hold the key to stopping skin cancer, treating burns and even curing baldness.

  8. 9 December 2016 – Alzheimer's, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), Concussion, Degenerative Brain Disease, Sports, Traumatic Brain Injury

    Taking the guesswork out of concussion

    A simple blood test or scan could give a definitive all-clear for concussed players to return to the field without risking permanent injury from another hit.

  9. 7 December 2016 – Domestic Violence, Family Violence, Refugees, Women's Health

    Emerging voices: Family violence in immigrant and refugee communities

    Abusers use cultural and physical isolation to stop immigrant and refugee women seeking help, a study of family violence survivors from 20 countries shows.

  10. 6 December 2016 – Healthcare, India, Mary Glowrey, Population Health

    The woman who changed the lives of millions

    Mary Glowrey was a doctor and nun ahead of her time, developing sustainable processes and structures to promote efficient healthcare to the poor in India.