Archived News for Health Sector Professionals - November, 2014
A lobby representing Australia’s medical research sector says it wants to see the $20 billion Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) kept alive.
Ebola deaths hit 7000 as researchers ramp up
The World Health Organisation’s latest figures show more than 16,000 people have been infected with the Ebola virus in West Africa, and almost 7000 have died.
Pain switch could flick old treatments
Medical researchers say they have discovered an ‘off switch’ for pain.
Young whooping cough jump triggers vaccine concern
Experts say whooping cough rates are increasing in very young children, causing concern that current vaccine protection may be wearing off.
Dark rate of self-harm jumps at 14
Experts say Australia needs to make a concerted effort to stop intentional self harm among children.
Dreams run backwards on neural highway
Neuroscientists say they have spotted the difference between imagination and reality in the human brain.
Magnetic fix wrangles nano-bits for bone growth
Researchers in the UK are working on a way to regenerate bones using nanoparticles controlled by magnets.
Sour milk settlement could see $25m for victims
The Supreme Court could be close to ruling on Australia’s biggest ever food safety payout.
Embarrassing Ebola talk as UN asks for open doors
Australia's Foreign Minister has read out a statement criticising nations that block entry for travellers from Ebola-affected countries, like Australia.
Households help Medibank see big first day
Mum and dad investors have leapt onboard for the public float of Medibank Private, lining the Government up for a $5.7 billion sale.
New view given by big nano-building
A new site will build windows into the human body for local researchers.
Plague outbreak reaches African capital
The plague has killed at least 40 people in Madagascar in recent months.
Shifting shifts may not help tired Ambos
Changes aimed at giving paramedics a much-needed rest could end up doing the opposite, Tasmanian authorities say.
Faster path for more future doctors
A new policy will let university med school applicants find a place more easily.
Bigger role sought for better Indigenous returns
Aboriginal leaders in the Northern Territory want more say in the running of schemes to help their communities, as a new report shows gaps between Indigenous people and other Australians continue to increase.
Work/life rebalanced on good day to go home
Go Home On Time Day was on this week - a day for awareness about the risks of working too hard.
Blood models show promise for quick defrost
Engineers have found a way to rapidly prepare frozen red blood cells for transfusion, which could make cryogenic transport even better.
Alarm over rate of drugs for kids
Reports this week claim that powerful anti-psychotic medication is being overprescribed to Australian children.
China's Ebola help on the ground, locals train for bigger spread
Training is underway for Australian medical professionals who may have to fight an Ebola outbreak.
Gamer brains can cut learning curve
A new study suggests that playing action video games like Call of Duty can actually improve learning capability.
Time and tongues make microbiome marriage
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