Archived News for Health Sector Professionals - August, 2014
A simple oral vaccine has managed to completely block the monkey equivalent of HIV, and human trials are on the way
Brain-to-brain email sends thoughts around the world
A fascinating research project has seen two people send emails directly to each others’ minds.
Deadly spread tracked back to healer
The 2014 outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has been traced to a single infection that started a chain of human-human transmission, and experts say it will not stop soon.
Heart failure fix fast-tracked
A new heart failure drug has been so successful in early trials that it is being fast-tracked for human use.
YouTube better for time-wasting than life-saving
YouTube can do many things, but a new study says saving lives is probably not one of them.
Kids lose real reading under digital dominion
Emoticons just don’t cut it - a new study says children’s social skills are being reduced by their excessive use of digital screens and media.
Another voice stands against plague of anti-vax ill-thinking
One of the world’s leading authorities in experimental immunology says Australian parents must think rationally about vaccination.
Australians boost Ebola backing to protect African interests
Australian firms operating in West Africa a preparing for the threat of Ebola outbreak, as the Federal Government pledges more money to fight the growing plague.
New tech bringing fewer pricks for testing
As almost 280 people are diagnosed each day, a new development could spare Australia’s 1.1 million diabetics some time and effort.
Synaptic link seen in origin of autism
New research shows that autistic children have excess synapses, the connections between neurons, which do not decline with age.
Vision switch to find friends amid frenzy
As the modern world becomes more and more populated with graphics, images and videos, some researchers wonder how our brains can continue to cope.
Mind/body interplay in kids' brain-boost
A new study shows physically fit kids have beefier brains than their less fit peers.
FIFO suicide rate brings state inquiry
The Western Australian Government has announced an inquiry into suicides among fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workers.
Parents' roles start before most plan
Australian researchers say people should be more aware of epigenetics, and the various ways that a parent’s experiences can filter down to their child.
Rubber bands fling sensor tech into future
Stretchy bands of graphene could be used to make a new generation of implanted sensors.
Addict attacks taking toll on health staff
Some government workers in Victoria say the drug ice has made their jobs near-impossibly difficult.
Differences block path to help DCIS
An Australian expert says the world needs better standards to reduce breast cancer mortality.
Fear and sluggish response lets Ebola spread
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has taken a darker turn, with armed men attacking a quarantine centre in Liberia.
Small dent in long oral improvement
The state of Australian mouths has broadly improved in the last few decades, but it appears we are beginning to forget some important oral lessons.
Aus Post adds its envelope to big health bidding
Australia Post has emerged as a front-runner in the bidding to provide Medicare and PBS payments.
Living split made early in minds of babes
Research suggests that before a child is one year old, they already understand important differences between living beings and inanimate objects.