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Health & Wellbeing

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

  1. 18 January 2018 – Australia, Epidemics, Medicine, Polio, Vaccination

    Remembering Australia’s polio scourge

    Polio epidemics were a scourge in Australia until the vaccine arrived; a University of Melbourne expert looks back at how polio was treated, and feared.

  2. 17 January 2018 – CRISPR, Genes, Genetic Disease, Genomics, Personalised Medicine

    The simple, ethical case for gene editing

    Gene editing offers an 'ultimate cure': treating disease at its root. In a new book, two University of Melbourne experts argue the ethical case for gene editing

  3. 14 January 2018 – Papua New Guinea, Snake Bite, Snakes, Venom, World Health Organization

    Deadly snakebites and saving lives

    Five million people are bitten by poisonous snakes globally each year; now a University of Melbourne expert is chairing the WHO's specialist group on snakebites

  4. 3 January 2018 – Babies, Colic, Gut Bacteria, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Probiotics

    The probiotic hope for colic

    New international research, including the University of Melbourne, finds that a probiotic can help treat breastfed babies less than 3 months old who have colic.

  5. 22 December 2017 – Christmas, Health, Holidays, Mental Health, Psychology

    Do you really get sick as soon as you go on holiday?

    Does it ever seem that as soon as you take a break, you get sick? University of Melbourne experts look at some of the reasons it feels this way.

  6. 18 December 2017 – Child Psychology, Memory, Psychology, Time Perception

    Why kids genuinely ‘can’t wait’ for Christmas

    University of Melbourne psychology expert explains why, when it comes to memory and time, children and adults really are living in different time streams

  7. 17 December 2017 – Anxiety, Depression, Holidays, Mental Health, Wellbeing

    Helping high anxiety on holiday

    Holidays are fun, but can be a struggle for the one in seven Australians suffering anxiety - a University of Melbourne expert gives some festive advice.

  8. 14 December 2017 – Christmas, Mindfulness, Positive Psychology, Psychology, Stress

    We wish you a stress-free Christmas

    Christmas time can be a source of stress and even ill-health, but a University of Melbourne expert recommends simple steps to a more relaxing festive period.

  9. 12 December 2017 – Brain, Sun, Vitamin D, Women, Women's Health

    Can sunshine help your brain?

    New University of Melbourne research suggests adequate Vitamin D in midlife may help women maintain at least some of their brain power as they age.

  10. 5 December 2017 – Bionics, Blindness, Ethics, Eyes, Medicine

    The ethical future of bionic vision

    The ethics of bionic vision for eye disease are cloudy, but a University of Melbourne expert says it's important that patients understand the risks attached.