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Which Type of Insomniac are You? Study Suggests Different Sleep Problems Require Different Solutions

January 23, 2019

While many of us struggle with getting a good night’s sleep, not all of our struggles are the same. New research examined a range of reasons why people don’t sleep well and found that insomnia generally falls into one of five types. Which type you fit into, the study suggests, …

Medical ‘Breakthrough’ May Spell End of Potentially Toxic Drugs in Transplant Recipients

An Australian medical discovery involving teams spread from Western Australia to Queensland has been hailed as a breakthrough for controlling infections in organ and bone marrow transplant recipients.
The findings, published in the journal Science, are expected to lead to greater survival rates and should reduce the need for toxic and …

‘Evidence Backs Pill Testing Trials’: Physicians Tell Berejiklian

Australia’s peak body for physicians have called on Premier Gladys Berejiklian to introduce pill testing trials at NSW festivals, telling her there is sufficient evidence to support the intervention.
The Royal Australasian College of Physicians have written to Ms Berejiklian – and her state and territory counterparts – imploring her to …

How Japan is Harnessing IoT Technology to Support Its Aging Population

January 16, 2019

If you’re a diabetes patient in Japan, the gods may be watching over you. The country is struggling with rising numbers of diabetics, but a novel approach to managing Type 2 diabetes mixes a bit of psychology with Internet of Things (IoT) devices, as well as seven lucky gods from …

Breast Cancer: Changing Tumor Cells into Fat Cells Stops Spread

Scientists have developed a novel drug combination that makes invasive breast cancer cells transform into fat cells. The treatment prevented metastasis in mice.
Metastasis is the process through which cancer cells escape from primary tumors and grow new tumors, or metastases, in other parts of the body. It is the leading …

Treat Vitamin D Deficiency to Prevent Attacks of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Correcting vitamin D deficiency nearly halves the risk of potentially fatal lung attacks in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), our latest study has found.
COPD describes several lung conditions, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis, where a person’s airways become inflamed, making it harder to breathe. Almost all COPD deaths …

Lethal Medication Sourced for Victoria’s Voluntary Euthanasia Scheme

January 09, 2019

Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital will have sole responsibility for importing, preparing and supplying all the required drugs for the lethal medication to be used by Victoria’s first voluntary euthanasia patients.
Acting Health Minister Martin Foley said having just one hospital involved boosted the safety of the program.
The medication needed to make the …

Diabetes: Can We Teach the Body to Heal Itself?

In diabetes, the pancreas is unable to produce enough insulin, the hormone that is key to regulating levels of blood sugar. New research now asks if we can teach pancreatic cells to address this problem on their own.
The pancreas contains three different types of cells, each of which produces different …

The New Green Alternative for Drug Production

For the production of drugs, pesticides and smartphone displays, most of the processes are cost-intensive and generate a large amount of waste. Scientists at the University of Göttingen have now succeeded in developing a resource-saving “green” alternative. The results were published in Nature Catalysis.
The environmentally friendly strategy developed by Professor …

‘Christmas Brain’ Can Give You Long-Term Health Problems, Experts Warn

December 12, 2018

Your brain is in overdrive and you are in a state of panic. You still haven’t found the perfect Christmas gift for your partner or finalised how many people are coming over for Christmas lunch.
By this point, your blood pressure is increasing and brain is going haywire.
Experts are calling this …

Gene Editing Babies was Irresponsible, Risky and Unnecessary, Say Experts. Why?

Whether the scientific community was ready or not, the first genetically edited babies were reportedly born in China earlier this month.
The biologist responsible, He Jiankui, said he used the gene-editing technique CRISPR to confer HIV resistance to twin girls named “Lulu” and “Nana”.
While the claims are yet to be verified, …

Two Compounds in Coffee May Team up to Fight Parkinson’s

Rutgers scientists have found a compound in coffee that may team up with caffeine to fight Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia – two progressive and currently incurable diseases associated with brain degeneration.

The discovery, recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests these two compounds combined may …