External articles

Following are articles posted on other websites, or sourced externally, which are not necessarily related to seniors:



‘Overkill’ in medical care (18 May 2015 Harvard Gazette)

Overtesting, overdiagnosis, and overtreatment in medical care in the U.S. is widespread, with one recent study suggesting that 30% of care—amounting to roughly $750 billion a year—is wasteful.




Did dinosaur-killing asteroid trigger largest lava flows on Earth? (12 May 2015 University of Cambridge)

The asteroid that slammed into the ocean off Mexico 66 million years ago and killed off the dinosaurs probably rang the Earth like a bell, triggering volcanic eruptions around the globe.




Seasonal immunity: Activity of thousands of genes differs from winter to summer (12 May 2015 University of Cambridge)

Our immune systems vary with the seasons, that could help explain why certain conditions such as heart disease and rheumatoid arthritis are aggravated in winter whilst people tend to be healthier in the summer.




Embracing stress is more important than reducing stress, Stanford psychologist says (7 May 2015 Stanford)

New research indicates that stress can make us stronger, smarter and happier – if we learn how to open our minds to it.




Glass shape influences speed at which we drink alcohol (6 May 2015 University of Bristol)

The speed at which we drink alcohol could be influenced by the shape of the glass, and markings on the glass might help us drink more slowly.




Meditation may relieve IBS and IBD (5 May 2015 Harvard Gazette)

A pilot study has found that participating in a nine-week training program had a significant impact on symptoms of the gastrointestinal disorders irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and on the expression of genes related to inflammation and the body’s response to stress.




Blocking obesity-associated protein stops dangerous fat formation (4 May 2015 University of Oxford)

By changing mouse genes to block a protein associated with obesity, scientists have prevented fat from forming around the animals’ internal organs.




How the brain tells good from bad (29 April 2015 Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Neuroscientists identify neurons in the amygdala that assign emotions to experience.




Bizarre 'platypus' dinosaur discovered (27 April 2015 University of Birmingham)

Although closely related to the notorious carnivore Tyrannosaurus rex, a new lineage of dinosaur discovered in Chile is proving to be an evolutionary jigsaw puzzle




Recruiting the entire immune system to attack cancer (13 April 2015 Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Stimulating both major branches of the immune system halts tumor growth more effectively.




ANU research looks at how ageing affects driving (15 May 2015 Australian National University)

Researchers are studying how ageing affects driving with the aim of promoting road safety.




UQ revitalises ancient art of Tai Chi to help people SMILE (14 May 2015 University of Queensland)

Tai Chi-based exercise program targets obese people suffering depression, anxiety and stress.




Exercise not a magic cure for weight loss (5 May 2015 QUT)

Despite its obvious health benefits, exercise does not automatically offset calories consumed and lead to weight loss.




How your sex life may influence endometriosis (1 May 2015 University of Adelaide)

Researchers are a step closer to understanding the risk factors associated with endometriosis.




Opinion Turning the tables: using genetic mutations to fix nature's problems (15 May 2015 UNSW)

The ability to edit the genome using new DNA-cutting tools is heralding a new age of genetic engineering, writes Merlin Crossley.




Researchers discover how the brain balances hearing between our ears (13 May 2015 UNSW)

Researchers have answered the longstanding question of how the brain balances hearing between our ears, which is essential for localising sound.




A trigger that likely unleashes autoimmune disease (13 May 2015 Garvin Institute)

Researchers believe they have discovered a group of cells that trigger autoimmune disease, as well as the molecular ‘trigger guard’ that normally holds them in check.




Dine with a light eater if you want to consume less (12 May 2015 UNSW)

How much food your dining companion eats can have a big influence on how much you consume.




Five-year study unlocks global frog death mystery (8 May 2015 James Cook University)

Scientists have helped unlock the secret to immunity to the deadly chytrid fungus, which has devastated frog populations around the world.




Breast milk calcium mystery revealed (7 May 2015 University of Queensland)

Breakthrough research has unlocked a mysterious process essential to breastfeeding.




Ancient Chinese remedy found to be applicable to modern medicine (7 May 2015 QUT)

An ancient Chinese remedy for healing wounds could be useful for removing raised scars called hypertrophic scars.




Here’s how to get kids to remember times tables (7 May 2015 Edith Cowan University)

Learning them by rote can mean a child can accurately recite the times tables, but has no idea what the numbers actually mean.




As the mining boom wanes, Australia pivots to services (6 May 2015 Griffith University)

In this ‘Economy in transition’ series, we explore the new economy facing Australia and the opportunities available to help the country.




Children unable to tell genuine from faked sadness (6 May 2015 Australian National University)

Being able to tell the difference between genuine and fake facial expressions is crucial to social interaction.




‘Dr Google’ doesn’t know best – search engine self-diagnosis and ‘cyberchondria’ (5 May 2015 QUT)

Research is aiming to improve search engines after finding online self-diagnosis of health conditions provides misleading results that can do more harm than good.




Warm oceans caused US Dust Bowl (5 May 2015 UNSW)

Two ocean hot spots have been found to be the potential drivers of the hottest summers on record for the central United States in 1934 and 1936.




VIDEO: What caused the US Dust Bowl in the 1930s? (5 May 2015 UNSW)

Dr Markus Donat explains how warm ocean temperatures in the Atlantic and Pacific at the same time led to an extremely dry spring and the hottest summers of 1934 and 1936 during the Dust Bowl in the United States.




New screening technique could pick up twice as many women with ovarian cancer (5 May 2015 UNSW)

A new approach to ovarian cancer detection could lead to widespread screening for the disease that kills about two in three sufferers in Australia.




Progress towards a new asthma treatment (4 May 2015 University of Queensland)

Researchers are developing a new asthma treatment that targets the underlying cause of asthma, rather than just the symptoms.




New exoplanet too big for its star (1 May 2015 Australian National University)

A strange exoplanet orbiting a small cool star 500 light years is challenging ideas about how planets form.



Feathered friends (1 May 2015 University)

Birds of prey hover effortlessly while buffeted by wind but how they do it can teach us how to build better aircraft.




Early signs of arthritis can be found in the mouth (30 April 2015 University of Adelaide)

A common gum disease may indicate a person’s risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis later in life.




Mediterranean diet reduces cognitive decline (30 April 2015 Edith Cowan University)

The Mediterranean diet has long been recognised as good for the heart and in reducing cancer risk.




New research into health benefits of coffee (30 April 2015 Monash University)

The team observed the behaviour of free radicals




You may be travelling less – and that’s a good thing (29 April 2015 Monash University)

In 1900, humans travelled a total of just 0.2 trillion km by vehicle, nearly all by train.




QUT breakthrough in 3D printing of replacement body parts. (29 April 2015 QUT)

A biofabrication team has made a major breakthrough by 3D printing mechanically reinforced, tissue engineered constructs for the regeneration of body parts.




‘Safe haven’ Commonwealth Bonds now as risky as stock (29 April 2015 QUT)

An investment in Australian Government Bonds is now as risky as buying shares, a QUT economist has warned.




Who’s ‘googling’ you? (29 April 2015 Griffith University)

If you are on the internet then you have nowhere to hide.




Lessons of Tambora ignored, 200 years on (25 April 2015 East Asia Forum)

Tambora Mountain, on the island of Sumbawa midway between Jakarta and Darwin, was one of the highest in our region until 1815. It then exploded.




Aged care consumers will benefit from major changes (24 April 2015 University of Adelaide)

Older Australians are expected to be better off under radical changes to the aged care system.




Tattoo growth still strong (10 April 2015 University)

The growth of the ‘ink’ industry shows no sign of slowing down.




Without the faces of men (24 April 2015 UNSW)

The facial disfigurement of Great War veterans led one researcher to uncover stories that challenge our ideas of the sacrifice of war.




Busting the Anzac myth (24 April 2015 UNSW)

Has a national obsession hijacked centenary commemorations of the Great War?




Hubble in pictures: astronomers' top picks (24 April 2015 UNSW)

On the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope.




Aged care consumers will benefit from major changes (24 April 2015 University of Adelaide)

Older Australians are expected to be better off under radical changes to the aged care system that take effect this year.




Labor’s super plan would add complexity but not tackle inequity (24 April 2015 UNSW)

Labor has grasped the superannuation reform nettle by the hand.




Mobile money versus big credit cards (24 April 2015 UNSW)

Africa leads the way with mobile money where financial value stored on electronic devices.




Cracked phone screens might be a thing of the past (23 April 2015 Queensland University)

Scratch-resistant and environmentally sustainable acrylic glass for use in the computer, electronics and automotive industries receives financial support.




Flies show the true value of sleep (23 April 2015 Queensland University)

A study on sleep and learning in flies has shown a good night’s sleep might be vital for retaining our capacity to learn and remember, with implications for the treatment of human disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.




Sky-high refuelling for UAVs (23 April 2015 University of Sydney)

A University of Sydney researcher has designed and successfully tested a method for autonomously docking drones for refuelling or recharging, in mid-air.




Fishing impacts on the Great Barrier Reef (22 April 2015 James Cook University)

Fishing is having a significant impact on the make-up of fish populations of the Great Barrier Reef.




The myth of self control (22 April 2015 UNSW)

Willpower is a wonderful thing. But when it comes to controlling how much we eat, research shows there’s so much more on the table.




Deakin financial planning expert shows how to convert savings into dream holidays (21 April 2015 Deakin University)

Adrian Raftery has put together a list of money-saving ideas to make it easier to enjoy a mid-year trip away from the cold.




Food for thought: 7 bite-sized stories to change your views on diet. (22 April 2015 UNSW)

From vegan and sugar free to Paleo and the just plain wrong.




Oldest fossils controversy resolved (20 April 2015 University of Western Australia)

New analysis of world-famous 3.46 billion-year-old rocks is set to finally resolve a long-running evolutionary controversy.




Chipless tracker could transform barcode industry (20 April 2015 Monash University)

Barcodes on packaged goods could soon be a thing of the past with the rapid expansion of chipless tags.




Scientific study shines new light on the source of diamonds (20 April 2015 University of Western Australia)

A team of specialists has established the exact source of a diamond-bearing rock for the first time.




Brainy Bones: new research reveals how our skeleton is a lot like our brain (17 April 2015 Monash University)

Research have used mathematical modelling combined with advanced imaging technology to calculate, for the first time, the number and connectivity of the osteocyte network in the human skeleton.




China economy to slow, hurting Australia: IMF (16 April 2015 Griffith University)

A crackdown on cheap credit in China is expected to help reduce the rate of China’s real GDP growth and further weaken demand for Australian commodities




Red Sea heads for its ocean destiny (10 April 2015 Monash University)

In the only place on the planet where a new ocean plate is still forming, scientists are learning more about the forces that reshape Earth.




Battery energy system promises power benefits (7 April 2015 Griffith University)

A forecast-based, three-phase battery energy storage scheduling and operation system provides benefits such as reduced peak demand, more efficient load balancing and better management of supply from solar photovoltaics




Archaeology of a million stars to unravel galaxies' evolution (9 April 2015 University of Sydney)

We are going back to the very beginning of the Milky Way and using the astronomical equivalent of fossils.




Killer robots maybe not be such bad news in modern warfare (9 April 2015 UNSW)

Invoking Hollywood paranoia about a "robopocalypse"' when talking about robots' role in waging war could hold back life-saving technology




Research finds turbo-charging hormone can regrow the heart (7 April 2015 UNSW)

Researchers have discovered a way to stimulate muscle regrowth in the heart of a mouse




Spotlight on data retention and privacy (2 April 2015 RMIT)

With the passing of the new data retention legislation in Parliament this week - details on what this means for Australians




When is a lie not a lie in politics? (1 April 2015 UNSW)

Politicians wishing to run down their opponents in the eyes of the public are quick to level accusations of dishonesty





Stop blaming the moon (1 April 2015 UCLA)

Study highlights flaws in earlier research on hospital admissions and the lunar cycle




Critical windows to turn away junk food craving (2 April 2015 University of Adelaide)

Researchers have shown there are two critical windows during the developmental pathway to adulthood when exposure to junk food is most harmful



The southern lights in Indigenous oral traditions (2 April 2015 UNSW)

In Australian Indigenous astronomical traditions the celestial lights of Aurora Australis are associated with fire, death, blood, and omens




Plotting the elimination of dengue (1 April 2015 University of Melbourne)

Researchers are using a novel way to block the dengue virus in mosquitoes using the insect bacterium Wolbachia




Memory immune cells that screen intruders as they enter lymph nodes (1 April 2015 Garvan Institute)

Scientists have discovered a new population of ‘memory’ immune cells, throwing light on what the body does when it sees a microbe for the second time




Agricultural contaminant impacts fish reproductive behaviour (1 April 2015 Monash University)

A common growth-promoting hormone used in the cattle industry has been found to affect the sexual behaviours of fish at a very low concentration




Uncovering the secrets of the Himalayas off the coast of Mumbai (1 April 2015 University of Birmingham)

Scientists are collecting samples from the bottom of the Arabian Sea to find out how the growth of the Himalayan mountain range has affected the Asian Monsoon




Ghosts from the past brought back to life (1 April 2015 University of Cambridge)

One of the UK’s most important medieval manuscripts is revealing ghosts from the past after new research and imaging




Quantum teleportation on a chip (1 April 2015 Bristol University)

The core circuits of quantum teleportation, which generate and detect quantum entanglement, have been successfully integrated into a photonic chip




UCLA scientists create quick-charging hybrid supercapacitors (1 April 2015 UCLA)

Charge storage device created at California NanoSystems Institute is vast improvement over existing models




Pesticides result in lower sperm counts (30 March 2015 Harvard Gazette)

Eating fruits and vegetables with high pesticide residue also had impact on sperm quality




Brain cells can “wait” to hear (1 April 2015 KU Leuven)

Cells in the brainstem that underlie sound localization, compare signals at the two ears and can pause while doing so




Despite decades of deforestation, the Earth is getting greener (30 March 2015 UNSW)

Observations from space have shown the world overall is getting greener despite deforestation and drought



Mystery [bacterial] motor (30 March 2015 Harvard Gazette)

Researchers discover bacteria propelled by a kind of rotary driver




The switch that might tame the most aggressive of breast cancers (27 March 2015 Garvan Institute)

Researchers have found that so-called ‘triple-negative breast cancers’ are two distinct diseases that likely originate from different cell types




Educating China's elderly to fight obesity in the young (24 March 2015 University of Birmingham)

Grandparents to help tackle the increasing problem of obesity amongst Chinese children




You can’t get entangled without a wormhole (5 December 2013 MIT)

Physicist finds the creation of entanglement simultaneously gives rise to a wormhole




3D satellite mapping of Coral Sea reefs (27 March 2015 James Cook University)

A researcher in Cairns has completed detailed 3D depth maps of Australia’s Coral Sea reefs.




Earliest humans had diverse range of body types, just as we do today (27 March 2015 University of Cambridge)

Our genus has come in different shapes and sizes since its origins over two million years ago



New insights found in black hole collisions (27 March 2015 University of Cambridge)

Research provides revelations about the most energetic event in the universe — the merging of two spinning, orbiting black holes into a much larger black hole.




Obese grandmothers increase risk for children (26 March 2015 University of Queensland)

The grandchildren of obese women face a heightened risk of being born and raised to a life of obesity




Bats obey ‘traffic rules’ when trawling for food (26 March 2015 University of Bristol)

Foraging bats obey their own set of ‘traffic rules’, chasing, turning and avoiding collisions at high speed




The forgotten flies: study finds insects are key to pollination (25 March 2015 University of Bristol)

Flies play an important role as pollinators and should no longer be neglected in pollination studies




Solar research facility a game-changer for industry (27 March 2015 University of Queensland)

Queensland’s largest solar array was switched on.




Robot revolution will change world of work (24 March 2015 Queensland University of Technology)

Robots will fundamentally change the shape of the workforce in the next decade but many industries will still need a human touch.



Cancer patients to benefit from UQ exercise program (24 March 2015 University of Queensland)

A free six-week exercise program for people recently diagnosed with cancer or undergoing treatment will begin in April.

http://www.uq.edu.au/news/article/2015/03/cancer-patiottom: 0cm">UNSW solar cell researchers are leading the world in harnessing the immense power of the sun.





Iron and zinc found to be a mood booster for women 12 March 2015 Deakin University)

Increasing iron and zinc intakes can help boost a woman's mood and memory and may be a way to address cognitive decline in old age.




How antibiotic pollution of waterways creates superbugs (12 March 2015 MacQuarie University)

Most of the antibiotics used in medical treatment or during animal production may end up in waste water.




Early humans adapted to living in rainforests much sooner than thought (12 March 2015 University of Oxford)

Isotopes in the teeth of 26 individuals, with the oldest dating back 20,000 years suggest a diet largely sourced from the rainforest.




Electrospray thruster makes small satellites more capable (11 March 2015 Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

MIT spinout’s electric-propulsion system improves maneuverability of small satellites.




Finger-mounted reading device for the blind (10 March 2015 Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Audio feedback helps user scan finger along a line of text, which software converts to speech.




Quantum sensor’s advantages survive entanglement breakdown (9 March 2015 Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Preserving the fragile quantum property known as entanglement isn’t necessary to reap benefits.




Stem cell research offers new insights into how dementia develops (5 March 2015 KU Leuven Belgium)

Defective cells grown in dish reveal pathway linked to frontotemporal degeneration.




Giant atmospheric rivers add mass to Antarctica’s ice sheet (19 January 2015 KU Leuven Belgium)

Extreme weather phenomena called atmospheric rivers were behind intense snowstorms recorded in 2009 and 2011 in East Antarctica.




Smoking when pregnant increases cancer risk for daughters (5 March 2015 Australian National University)

Women who smoke when pregnant are putting their daughters at a greater risk of developing ovarian and breast cancer later in life.




Aluminium threat to food security revealed (9 March 2015 University of Queensland)

Researchers have discovered how aluminium, a toxic result of soil acidification, acts to reduce plant growth.




Astronomers see star explode four times (6 March 2015 Australian National University)

Astronomers have glimpsed a far off and ancient star exploding, not once, but four times.




Collapse of Brisbane’s inner city apartment market imminent (4 March 2015 Queensland University of Technology)

Brisbane's inner city apartment market will crash in 2016, due to oversupply driven by belief in inexhaustible international demand.




How a plastic pipe could stop an inland tsunami and power a village (3 March 2015 Queensland University of Technology)

The prospect of inland tsunamis in countries containing glacial lakes, such as Bhutan, is increasing.




UQ research targets ovarian cancer (2 March 2015 University of Queensland)

esearchers have developed an antibody drug that attacks cancerous ovarian cells and limits the serious side-effects of traditional treatments.




Exercise allows you to age optimally (6 January 2015 Kings College London)

The study of amateur older cyclists found that many had levels of physiological function that would place them at a much younger age compared to the general population.




Effect of Continuity of Care on Hospital Utilization for Seniors With Multiple Medical Conditions in an Integrated Health Care System (Annals of Family Medicine March/April 2015, 13 (2))

In an integrated delivery system with high informational continuity, greater continuity of care is independently associated with lower hospital utilization for seniors.




I-DECIDE: Women urged to seek online domestic violence support (27 February 2015 University of Melbourne)

Female participants aged between 16 and 50 are being asked to try I-DECIDE, the first Australian online interactive tool designed to provide practical and confidential support to victims of domestic violence




Electronic medical management outperforms paper system (27 February 2015 Macquarie University)

A recent study into the cost-effectiveness of using an electronic medication management system (eMMs) has shown that monetary savings from reduced adverse drug events




Urine test could lead to better treatment of bladder cancer (27 February 2015 University of Birmingham)

Researchers believe that a simple urine test could help to guide clinicians in the treatment of bladder cancer patients




Astronomers find impossibly large black hole (26 February 2015 Australian National University)

A team of astronomers has found a huge and ancient black hole which was powering the brightest object early in the universe.




Australian health web sites too difficult to read (26 February 2015 Deakin University)

Australian health web sites are too difficult for the average person to read




A new understanding of Alzheimer’s (25 February 2015 Harvard Gazette)

A new model of Alzheimer’s that suggests mitochondria — cellular power plants — might be at the center of the disease




Disappearing lakes stoke megafauna debate (25 February 2015 University of Queensland)

Research into central Australia’s ancient lakes has found evidence that climate change contributed to the extinction of the continent’s megafauna.




New fossil timeline database opens for the tree of life (25 February 2015 Queensland University of Technology)

Data on the origins of Australia's unique platypus, echidna and kangaroos have been added to a new open-source database




Obesity genes identified by worldwide research team (24 February 2015 Queensland University of Technology)

A worldwide analysis of genetic data from almost 340,000 people around the world has brought understanding of the genetic basis of obesity a step closer




Great Barrier Reef corals eat plastic (24 February 2015 James Cook University)

Researchers have found that corals commonly found on the Great Barrier Reef will eat microplastic pollution




How brain waves guide memory formation (23 February 2015 Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

As neurons fire, they produce brain waves that oscillate at different frequencies




Garden hose a breeding ground for Legionnaires’ disease (23 February 2015 UNSW)

The backyard hose could be a bacterial breeding ground, providing the ideal conditions for organisms that cause Legionnaires’ disease to flourish




Higher folate diet may reduce migraine frequency (16 February 2015 Queensland University of Technology)

Eating more folate, found in various green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale, may reduce migraine frequency





New pathways discovered to prevent blindness (17 February 2015 Monash University)

A study, published in Current Biology, sheds new light on the relationship between vision loss and brain plasticity - the ability of the brain to modify its own structure and function as a result of change or damage




Water vapour study boosts severe weather prediction (17 February 2015 RMIT University)

Four-dimensional GPS modelling used to measure water vapour could improve predictions of severe weather




Deep sea expedition into the unexplored Perth canyon abyss (17 February 2015 University of Western Australia)

Scientists will go where few others have gone before when they set out to unlock the secrets of a deep ocean canyon off Perth the size of the USA's Grand Canyon.




Tackling the “Achilles’ heel” of OLED displays (12 February 2015 Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Inkjet-printing system could enable mass-production of large-screen and flexible OLED displays




Let's talk about sex...after cancer (19 February 2015 University of Sydney)

Romance may still be lingering in the air, but for many cancer survivors Valentine's Day was just another reminder of how their sexuality has been scarred by cancer.




Do you work with a psychopath? (11 February 2015 University of Southern Queensland)

The Percentage of psychopaths increases to 3.5 per cent in the corporate world and 25 per cent in correctional centres.




Dealing with love, romance and rejection on Valentine’s Day (13 February 2015 UNSW)

Take care lovers, wherever you are, as Valentine’s Day is soon upon us




FactCheck: is Australia spending over $100m a day more than collected in revenue? (13 February 2015 Australian National University)

Mr Hockey has made similar statements in multiple interviews to support the government’s position that cuts to spending are needed to reduce the deficit.




Study offers clue to how cells are programmed (13 February 2015 University of Queensland)

A study has discovered how human and mammal cells develop specialised functions.




Women with heart risk (13 February 2015 Harvard Gazette)

Cardiovascular disease kills more often than cancer does; research and behavior suggest ways to help




What we learnt from the Mackay 2008 flood: Seven years on (12 February 2015 Queensland University of Technology)

A QUT study of the impact of the 2008 Mackay flood on victims found delays in rebuilding and difficulties dealing with insurance companies had increased post-traumatic stress disorder.




Sequence of genetic mutations determines how cancer behaves (11 February 2015 University Cambridge)

The order in which mutations occur can have an impact on disease severity and response to therapy




Surgical complications are top reason for hospital readmissions (11 February 2015 Harvard Gaxette)

Problems related to surgery—mostly from surgical wound infections—are the most common reason that people wind up readmitted to the hospital



Faulty energy production in brain cells leads to intellectual disability (12 June 2013 Ku Leuven)

Neuroscientist Patrik Verstreken of KU Leuven and VIB (Flanders Institute for Biotechnology) has shown for the first time that dysfunctional mitochondria in brain cells can lead to learning disabilities. The link between dysfunctional mitochondria and Parkinson's disease is known, but this new research shows that it is also present in other brain disorders.



Hearing loss clue uncovered (11 June 2013 University of Melbourne)

Researchers from the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Melbourne and the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Monash University have discovered how hearing loss in humans is caused by a certain genetic mutation



Australian voters are dissatisfied, distrustful and disengaged: report (University of Melbourne 6 May 2013)

An independent national poll has found Australian politicians have failed to engage or build a sense of trust with voters just months out from the federal election.



Multi-task protein repairs damaged DNA and helps fight cancer (KU Leuven University May 2013)

The intracellular protein Tdp2, known for its anti-inflammatory properties and its role in repositioning of cells in the embryonic development phase, now also appears to play a crucial role in restoring damaged DNA. The discovery opens new avenues for fighting cancer.



Mutant mice stay skinny on a high fat diet, study discovers (University of Sydney 1 May 2013).

The mystery of why some people get fat eating high-fat foods while others can stay skinny on a diet of burgers and chips is closer to being solved.



One step closer to a blood test for Alzheimer's (CSIRO 30 April 2013)

Australian scientists are much closer to developing a screening test for the early detection of Alzheimer's disease.



The Citizen goes 'live' (University of Melbourne 29 April 2013)

Australia's newest independent online news and analysis website, The Citizen, has been launched by the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Advancing Journalism.



Straight from the heart: an elastic patch that supports cardiac cell growth (Sydney University 29 April 2013)

Scientists are a step closer to being able to repair damaged human heart tissue thanks to a world leading research collaboration between the University of Sydney and Harvard University.



What the heart can tell us about overcoming alcohol dependence (University of Sydney 22 April 2013)

Monitoring heart rate patterns can help identify risk and treat people who are dependent on alcohol by predicting their craving levels.



New immune cells hint at eczema cause (University of Sydney 22 April 2013)

University of Sydney researchers have discovered a new type of immune cell in skin that plays a role in fighting off parasitic invaders such as ticks, mites, and worms, and could be linked to eczema and allergic skin diseases.



Wage war on weeds with competitive wheat (Grains Research and Development Corporation 22 April 2013)

Weeds compete against crops for valuable moisture, light and nutrients, but growers can take steps in coming weeks to help their wheat crops fight back and stop the weeds winning.



Changing wave heights projected as the atmosphere warms (CSIRO 18 April 2013)

Climate scientists studying the impact of changing wave behaviour on the world's coastlines are reporting a likely decrease in average wave heights across 25 per cent of the global ocean.