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Could the eyes predict cardiovascular risk?

November 12, 2019

Accurate assessment of cardiovascular risk is vital given that cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death globally.
Current factors considered include age, sex, smoking history, blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels, but new research indicates that a more accurate indicator may be changes to the blood vessels in …

Australian women turning to cannabis to treat endometriosis symptoms

Due to the side effects of endometriosis treatments, and the risk of dependency for available pain relief, many Australian women are turning to self management strategies including breathing techniques, yoga, dietary changes, heat – and cannabis.
This is the finding of a new study conducted by researchers at NICM Health Research …

First medical “suckable” could measure glucose in newborns

November 06, 2019

In one of the stranger new developments of the wearable medical technology boom, researchers from University of California, San Diego and University of Alcalá in Spain have created a dummy to measure glucose concentrations in an infant’s saliva.
The dummy can measure the biomarker in real time, and transmit it wirelessly …

Some skin cancers originate in hair follicles, says new study

Although rare, melanoma is the deadliest type of skin cancer and is generally incurable in later stages, due to melanoma tumours eventually comprising of distinctive subpopulations of cell types. A new study investigating the origins of melanoma may have determined the reason for this chameleon-like behaviour.
First in genetically engineered mice, …

Measles infection devastates immune systems

Just as many countries are seeing new, widespread outbreaks of measles, researchers have now discovered why people who have been infected with measles are more susceptible to other infectious diseases. It’s worse than anyone imagined.
Some children remain immunosuppressed for up to five years after measles infection despite healthy white blood …

Help for kids with mental illness

Kids Helpline has just launched a new mobile app for teenagers and young people with mental health issues.
Called ‘niggle by Kids Helpline’, the new app aims to help young people identify any mental health concern or ‘niggle’. It has been designed to be used in conjunction with Kids Helpline’s existing …

The problem with fertility apps

In years gone by, women would rely on the calendar on the wall to work out when their next menstrual cycle might occur. They would look to physical signs to tell them when they might be ovulating, and therefore when they’d be most likely to fall pregnant.
More recently, we’ve seen …

Run for your life

As they say in the classics – run Forrest, run!
New research shows people who run, regardless of how fast, how far or how often are likely to live longer than people who don’t.
According to a systematic review and meta-analysis including 14 studies and over 230,000 participants, running as exercise was …

Miscarriages affect 1 in 6 pregnancies. We need better investigations and treatments

October 30, 2019

A miscarriage is a devastating event. Those who experience them are suddenly and unexpectedly robbed of the promise of new life and the dream of an expanded family. The emotional toll can be even greater if conception was delayed, or if fertility treatments were required to achieve a pregnancy.
Many health …

Could more coffee bring a healthier microbiome?

October 29, 2019

The more that’s learned about the gut microbiome, the more is understood about the profound impact it has on overall health.
And in welcome news for coffee addicts everywhere, a new study has linked coffee consumption to a healthier microbiome.
The study is the first to take gut microbiome samples directly from …

Cancer care: are personalised exercise prescriptions the future?

Despite the wealth of research detailing the benefits of exercise for cancer patients, few medical professionals are recommending exercise and less than half of survivors are physically active regularly.
Prof Kathryn Schmitz from Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey has recently authored a paper on the need to raise awareness …

New device may lift burden of care for type 1 diabetes

Currently, management of type 1 diabetes involves a lifetime of monitoring insulin levels and administering insulin with an injection or pump, an inexact and troublesome process for diabetics and their carers.
The safety and ease of care may soon be significantly improved given the results of a recently completed trial of …