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Health Check: the good and bad of Easter eggs, chocolate and hot cross buns

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By Clare Collins, University of Newcastle Australians love Easter but it seems we love Easter eggs more, spending more than A$185 million on chocolate over the holiday break. Painted or dyed eggs were given traditionally at Easter to symbolise new life. Chocolate Easter eggs first appeared early in the 19th century, …

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Keeping Newcastle balanced: balance research in vestibular neuroscience

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By Lauren Poppi PhD Candidate, PRC for Translational Neuroscience and Mental Health, The University of Newcastle. How do we understand the world around us?  A seemingly simple question. Many would say that we use our five primary senses – vision, hearing, touch, taste, and smell. But sensory neurobiologists would add pain, …

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Peanut allergy treatment is on the horizon – but don’t drop the EpiPen yet

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By Rani Bhatia, Adam Collison, and Joerg Mattes, University of Newcastle Rates of food allergies have increased over recent decades and are at an all-time high. While we don’t know the full extent of the allergy epidemic, the rate of hospitalisation for food allergies has quadrupled since the mid-90s. Peanuts are …

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Restoring strength and hope after a spinal injury

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  After a serious spinal cord injury, movement and feeling can be lost completely. Currently there are no medications available to help people walk again. Surprisingly, exercise therapy holds the best promise to recover movement after injury, as HMRI researcher Dr MICHELLE RANK explains. Each year nearly 400 Australians sustain a …

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Indigenous education founded on mutual respect

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  By Dr Kym Rae, Gomeroi gaaynggal program coordinator The Gomeroi gaaynggal program is an ArtsHealth program operating in the Taminda area of Tamworth, using a positive strengths-based approach to building health education for Aboriginal women throughout their pregnancy and during the early childhood years. This program connects with young women, …

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Hunter bringing transparency to translation

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  NINE years ago the New England Journal of Medicine published a seminal article on translational science headlined “Time for a New Vision”, prompting international researchers and policymakers to ponder, “What is translation?” Many are still grappling with the definition because the word can mean different things to different people. …

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Long distance phone calls allow researchers to uncover risks and treatments for mothers with asthma

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By Dr Vanessa Murphy   The highlight of my scientific career to date has been working on an exciting collaboration with the world leader in the field of asthma in pregnancy, Prof Michael Schatz and colleagues in San Diego, USA.     When I was a young PhD student in 2000, I …

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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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International tag-team sheds light on nutrition during pregnancy

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By Dr Alexis Hure* June 2014 was filled with excitement related to World Cup Soccer. For me, it also included some apprehension about writing my first editorial for an internationally renowned, peer-reviewed journal with a stranger in Brazil.   Towards the end of last year I joined the editorial board …

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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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HMRI researchers close to identifying the source of serious asthma attacks

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By Dr Joerg Mattes Last year our paediatric and respiratory research team published a paper in the world’s leading journal for biomedical research, Nature Medicine, after detecting molecular signals generated very early in the disease process for virus-and allergen-induced asthma. The discovery has moved us significantly closer to identifying the source …

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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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The search for new genes for inherited bowel cancer

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By Dr Bente Talseth-Palmer* When I talk to my son about his grandad in Norway I usually tell him that when it is day time here it is night time in Norway, and when it is night time here it is day time in Norway. So collaborating with someone in …

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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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Medical Research in the 2014 Budget: Today’s good news will hopefully be tomorrow’s “better” news

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By Professor Michael Nilsson, HMRI Director No Treasurer can please all the people all the time in a tough economic climate but each Federal Budget manages to have a funding centrepiece that shines like a beacon among the inevitable winners and losers. Defence, education, infrastructure, welfare and so on have …

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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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No ifs no butts – smoking research to reform apartment laws

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  By Associate Professor Billie Bonevski* As a medical researcher it’s a great feeling to see the NSW Government responding to our study of second-hand smoke (SHS) exposure in multi-unit dwellings, with bans on smoking in building common areas set to be enacted this year. SHS has been classified by …

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The Science of Giving – Professor Michael Nilsson

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At HMRI events, we sometimes invite people to say a few words about what motivates them to support HMRI as donor, or to work here as a medical researcher. It is clear reminder that we all are very linked by a strong desire to defeat disease and to promote health. …

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Hunter-led advances in acute stroke care will change clinical practice

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By Professor Mark Parsons Our Hunter-led, Australian collaborative has made two recent advances that hold promise for a global transformation in acute stroke care. The first of these is the use of advanced brain imaging to identify potentially salvageable brain tissue – the ischaemic penumbra. The second is our recent …

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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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