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Inside the European Stroke Confrence

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By Dr Andrew Bivard In early May 2014, I was fortunate to attend the European Stroke Conference, held this year in Nice, France. The European Stroke Conference is the largest stroke conference worldwide, bringing the best of the best to one place to share the latest research findings and developments in …

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Preventing maternal and neonatal deaths in Kenya

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By Prof. Julie Byles Every minute in the world a woman dies as a result of pregnancy or childbirth, and every three seconds a child dies from preventable causes. These deaths are not just isolated medical occurrences. Maternal and child deaths impact beyond the immediate family to the broader society.  …

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A world of information could be the key to understanding strokes

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By Prof. Mark Parsons HMRI’s collaborations reach across the country and involve: Tiantan Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing Beijing Military 301 Hospital Huashan Hospital, Fudan University, Shanghai Zhejiang University 2nd Hospital, Hangzhou  My name is Professor Mark Parsons, and I am working on a current collaboration with China called, the INSPIRE project, (International …

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Researchers examine the effects of brain injury in athletes

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By Dr Andrew Gardner* I’m a clinical neuropsychologist and researcher with a passion for understanding and managing the acute and (possible) chronic effects of mild traumatic brain injury in athletes. I have been working clinically in the field of sports concussion for approximately 5 years and conducting research in this …

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Researchers join international effort to identify genes that contribute to lung function

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By Prof. John Attia We contributed data from our local Hunter Community Study to an international effort to identify genes contributing to lung function; these are obviously important for diseases such as asthma and emphysema.  Studies from around the world that had collected information on genetic polymorphisms (common genetic variants) and spirometry …

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The search for new plant-derived anti-cancer drugs

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By Dr Chris Scarlett There are no two ways about it. Pancreatic cancer is a killer. It is a devastating disease that doesn’t have an early screening tool, it presents late, it is very aggressive and current therapies don’t really work. Although many attempts have been made to identify and …

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Plain packets work to change smokers’ minds

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By Associate Professor Billie Bonevski* In December 2012 Australia became the first country in the world to introduce plain packaging of cigarettes. The policy was a legislative coup, coming after a long and intensive battle with the tobacco industry, which fought hard to maintain their marketing strategy of branding cigarettes. …

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The ‘Next’ big thing in DNA sequencing

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  By Professor Rodney Scott To make a quantum leap in medical research you generally need the so-called ‘ducks’ to align – unmet patient needs, new technology, expertise and funding, mixed with serendipitous timing. In our case, we have just delivered a breakthrough in the approach to sequencing of DNA …

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Indigenous health gap is closing too slowly

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  By Dr Mark Lock ARC Discovery Indigenous Research Fellow Close the Gap Day 2014 is a time to reflect on the progress we have made towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality. The Prime Minister’s Close the Gap Report 2014 highlighted that for Indigenous life expectancy, the pace …

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Expectant mums missing the alcohol message

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    By Amy Anderson, PhD candidate In an alcohol study that we’ve just had published in the international journal PLOS One, we found that over  50 per cent of women with a history of binge drinking will continue the pattern during pregnancy, while fewer than 20 per cent choose …

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Your brain’s feel-good factor builds mental fitness

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It may be non-traditional but there is certainly nothing trivial about the concept of “Enriched Environment” currently being developed by a multidisciplinary team of HMRI researchers. Our brains respond like sponges to stimuli in the environment and scientists know that when people listen to certain types of music or begin …

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The art of improving academic performance

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It’s estimated that 80 per cent of Australian children have limited access to music and art education in primary school, and private tuition is almost certainly priced out of the reach for families in low socio-economic areas. HMRI’s multidisciplinary research team comprising clinical trial researchers, musicians and designers aim to …

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Breaking poverty’s grip brings lifelong benefits

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Despite the pledge by former prime minister Bob Hawke that no child should live in poverty, the latest UNICEF report card shows that Australia is far from being the lucky country for all. Almost 11% of Australia’s children live below the poverty line, with their families earning 50% below the …

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Synchronised singing’s soothing effect

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    Choir members have long attested to experiencing wellbeing benefits when singing, and a research project that HMRI Director Professor Michael Nilsson is involved with has shown why – song melody and structure influences breathing and heart rate to produce a biologically soothing effect. The Swedish-based study comprised a …

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The science of stress and a natural solution

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As a neuroscience researcher, HMRI Director Professor Michael Nilsson has seen first-hand the way the brain is impacted by chronic psychological stress. Tiny electrical junction boxes in our brains, known as glial cells, radically alter their structure and pattern of connectivity when exposed to chronic stress – with long-term implications …

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How music keeps children on song

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One of the first things a young child hears – and remembers – is mum and dad singing lullabies and nursery rhymes to them. From that moment on, music plays a powerful emotive role in a person’s physical and intellectual wellbeing Sadly, this isn’t always the case for some children …

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The power of cultural enrichment to help disadvantaged youth

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It is well known, epidemiologically, that the health and wellbeing of populations is closely correlated with the level of cultural engagement and education within the various communities. With socio-economically disadvantaged young people in particular, exposure to quality music and art experiences (cultural enrichment) places a child in his or her …

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The Art of Science – the 2013 HMRI Art Series

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  It has long been conjectured that art and science share some underlying truths. While many see the two disciplines at opposite ends of the spectrum, others see notable similarities. Both require skills to transform information into something else, something new. Both are forms of investigation. Artists apply skillful technique …

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