Archived News for Health Sector Professionals - May, 2014
While plenty of other creatures are intelligent – humans seem to have unique skills when it comes to brain power.
Young wellbeing study looks for early chances to help
It has been shown that wellbeing and happiness peak at the beginning and ends of our lives, and a new study is seeking to find out source of such good vibrations for students across the country.
Inquiry finds dodgy dealings bleeding Tasmanian taxpayers
Heads may roll at Tasmanian health departments, following strong allegations of nepotism and misconduct.
Rural docs don't want to be bag-man too
Rural doctors say the proposed Medicare co-payment will add an extra weight to their already over-burdened shoulders.
Independent aid flows to help our neighbours
One tiny island nation in the Pacific is having its lack of clean water addressed by the life-saving work of an independent Australian aid group.
Liberal slams CSIRO cuts for lack of federal understanding
Despite efforts to avoid it, millions of dollars in budget cuts will force CSIRO to close down several sites for world-leading research.
Local help in quest for man-made beings
Australian researchers are contributing to an incredible scientific effort – creating the world’s first-ever synthetic complex organism.
Nothing is a big risk for women's heart disease
An inactive life may contribute more to the risk of heart disease than smoking, obesity and high blood pressure, research suggests.
Possum pals help disease spread discovery
A new study of the way bacteria spread amongst possums could shed light on human epidemics.
High-tech help on the biggest world stage
FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil next month will have a particularly high-tech start, as the first ball of the world’s biggest sporting event is kicked by a paralysed teen in a robotic exoskeleton.
Cells spotted by new hi-res molecular marker
Just like our bodies, individual cells have a skeletal structure to keep them safe and in the proper shape, but until recently it was almost impossible to have a proper look at it.
Concert of sound and vision helps predict new sights
A new study has shown extra levels of complexity in the way sound and vision tell us about the world.
Deadly warning of cancerous risk from cost-cutting
The world will be dealing with the cancerous effects of asbestos for many decades to come, but some are concerned that Australia will be less equipped to do so when the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency is scrapped.
Docs take budget shocks straight to the top
The federal Health Minister has given a slight inkling that there may be room to move on some upcoming changes to the health budget.
Food fears from Friends not swallowed by scientists
Environmental group Friends of The Earth is pushing for a ban on food products containing nanomaterials.
Injury and re-engagement changes push fewer on path to work
A rehab expert says the new ‘earn or learn’ welfare system will severely impact injured workers, and could create a new underclass of those caught in the gaps between policy directives.
Stylish mice bring important find
Mice with mohawks have thrown new light on the nature and development of autism in the brain.
Looking cool washes over cancer risk for teens
Young people are being swayed by the “relaxing” and “fun” image of a dangerous smoking device, and researchers say it must be addresses in order to cut future addictions.
Big fund risks missing goal from limited view
Some leading figures in the Australian research community say the $20 billion “medical research future fund” is a good idea, but will not work unless the policy-makers start listening to scientists.
Mums' sad slump comes several years in
Depression in mothers often hits hardest several years after giving birth, new research shows.
Brain cells shown live in vivid 3D
Researchers are working on an exciting new method to monitor the brain in real-time 3D.