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Why Soldiers Crave a ‘Hero’s Journey’

October 10, 2018

The notion that war is individually transformative is rooted in mythology, literature, and Hollywood war movies. Transformation in these mediums typically follows a similar pattern frequently referred to as the “hero’s journey.” A departure, initiation, and return sequence is made manifest as an individual undertakes a journey or a rite …

Cannabis ‘More Harmful than Alcohol’ for Teen Brains

Teenagers using cannabis are causing long-lasting damage to their developing brains, a Canadian study suggests.
It found the impact on thinking skills, memory and behaviour was worse than that of teenage drinking.
The researchers, from the University of Montreal, urged teenagers to delay their use of cannabis for as long as they …

‘It Could Have Been Catastrophic’: Why Girls’ Schools Can’t Ignore Concussion

It seemed like a normal tackle.
There was no nauseating thud or crack when 14-year-old Brigid Sullivan’s head bounced off her opponent’s knee during a semi-pro soccer game.
“I just got up and kept playing,” Brigid said.
But that innocuous knock reverberated through the next few months of Brigid’s life.
She started getting terrible …

Infection Risk in Asplenia and Hyposplenism

It is estimated that up to 25,000 Australians are affected by asplenia or hyposplenism.1  Many are unaware of the fact, and its potential consequences.
The spleen plays an important role in immune function, in particular the prevention of infection due to some specific organisms (Table 1).
Infection Risk
Infection is a relatively common …

The Vit D Story Now a Fairytale

It wasn’t that long ago that vitamin D appeared to be the panacea for everything from preventing MS to reducing the risk of diabetes.
But the one area where we thought the benefit of this vitamin was not up for debate was bone health.
It has been proven – lack of vitamin …

Science Behind Standing Desks was Crooked All Along? Sit on That

October 03, 2018

Well, this sucks. I just bought an ergonomic keyboard and before it even arrives the whole field of ergonomics is revealed to be a skeevy wangboozle as crooked as mouthful of Dickensian urchin teeth.
I don’t much care that companies and governments might be wasting hundreds of millions of dollars a …

Antidepressants Might Fail if You Use Your Phone in Bed, Study Suggests

Antidepressants might work by increasing users’ sensitivity to light, an Australian study suggests.
If true – and the research is still at an early stage – this means users need to seek out sunlight for the medication to work best.
But, conversely, artificial light at night – such as blue light from …

Mediterranean Diet May Reduce Risk For Depression, Study Finds

There’s no arguing with the fact that a Mediterranean-style diet is just about the best choice for physical health and longevity. But a growing body of evidence is also reporting that the famous diet is good not only for the body, but also for the brain—and importantly, the mind. A …

The Gut Microbiome – Fad or The Future?

Which bacteria are colonising your gut is becoming increasingly important, Australian researchers say.
More and more evidence is suggesting the gut microbiota has a significant role in both the cause and the cure of a wide range of gastrointestinal and hepatic diseases and conditions.
According to a review in The Medical Journal …

Vaccinating the Immunosuppressed – Who, What and When

Vaccination in immunosuppressed adult patients has many facets and can be challenging for GPs who don’t deal with these cases regularly.
But there are a few key considerations that can help guide clinicians, says Associate Professor Michael Woodward, Melbourne-based geriatrician, writer, researcher and passionate advocate for health promotion.
Firstly, not all immunosuppression …

Neuroscience Says Power Naps Work. Why Aren’t We Taking Them?

September 26, 2018

Neuroscientists have known for decades that a “10‐minute nap results in significantly improved alertness and cognitive performance.” We even know from brain scans specifically how napping makes you smarter, better and faster.
Given all that peer-reviewed evidence, you’d think that CEOs–who no doubt want and expect employees to perform at their …

The Neuroscience Behind ‘Gut Feelings’

Have you ever had a ‘gut feeling?’ That moment when you just knew? Did you ever wonder why that was? Research is starting to make inroads towards an answer.
A recent study led by Melanie Maya Kaelberer of Duke along with a team of others looked at mice to determine how …

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