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3D Healing Walk

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For 15 centuries, merchants, armies and Christian pilgrims have marched a well-worn path called the ‘Via Francigena’ from Canterbury in England, through France and Switzerland, to the heart of Rome. At 2000 kilometres, the trek is believed to heal in three ways – mentally, physically and spiritually. For HMRI Chairman …

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Case Study: Breaths of fresh air

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Breathing is something most take for granted, done with such ease that it is taken care of by our subconscious without even a thought. However this is not the case for someone living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). For those suffering from the condition, each breath is an uphill …

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Case Study: Finding solutions for fertility – John Aitken

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Laureate Professor John Aitken For Laureate Professor John Aitken, leader of a 50-strong research team studying reproductive science, curing infertility and creating better methods of contraception are the two single most important issues facing the world. “Each year the reproductive needs of some 120 million couples worldwide go unmet,” Professor …

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Case Study: Improving asthma management for pregnant women and their kids

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Jodi Slinn and daughter Olivia were involved in the trial An asthma management study developed by University of Newcastle researchers, which halved asthma attacks in pregnant women, has also yielded a 90 per cent postnatal reduction in bronchiolitis and croup among their children. The MAP (Managing Asthma in Pregnancy) trial …

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Case Study: Healthy Lifestyles – SHED-IT Program

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Overweight, unhappy and mired in a middle-age slump, Graeme Valentine promised himself ­– and his father – that he would weigh under 90kg by the time he turned 50 and his Dad turned 70 in 2013. At 49, Graeme tipped the scales at 102.5kg and was on a vicious cycle. …

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Case Study: Breast Cancer – Safety in numbers

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Clinical trials have a long history of shaping medical thinking, by allowing researchers to test new theories and therapies on a broad population base. For HMRI cancer researchers the trials remain as relevant today as they were in the heady days of 18th Century exploration. Scurvy was a major concern …

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Case Study: RADAR finds its mark with prostate patients

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Retired building surveyor Colin Sandeman is living proof that a ground-breaking prostate cancer treatment, which temporarily gives men menopause-like side effects, is right on target. Colin Sanderson’s prostate cancer is in remission after participating in RADAR.   Like most blokes, Colin Sandeman loved the occasional cold ale while sailing, canoeing …

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Case Study: Stroke – Risky business

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Stroke survivor and father-of-seven Tony Bailey appreciates – in 20/20 hindsight – the value of a new genetic finding by HMRI researchers that may eventually provide a forewarning of inherent stroke risk … In what is akin to finding a needle in a haystack, a recent genetic discovery is helping …

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Case Study: Managing Asthma in Pregnancy

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Asthma is a disease that can often become tricky to manage. However, managing asthma and pregnancy is an even more complex task. When Fiona Feltrin fell pregnant with twins, her asthma treatment soon became a priority. “Originally there was a lot of fear about the impacts that asthma medication had …

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Case Study: Diet, Inflammation and Asthma

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Jackson Slater is a teenager making major life changes. After participating in a pilot study funded by HMRI, then 17 year-old Jackson, who suffered from exercise-induced asthma, shed 16 kilograms, improved his breathing pattern, and is now enjoying a healthier and more active lifestyle. After reading about the study, Jackson’s …

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Case Study: Women’s and Family Health

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Amanda Grahman watches her four-year-old son, Zander, happily stack coloured blocks into a pattern matching the one on the table. This is an annual ritual for the Grahman’s who have participated in the WATCH (Women and their Children’s Health) Study since Amanda’s pregnancy. The WATCH study began in 2006 when …

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Case Study: Type 1 Diabetes

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Emma Burns is a bright and bubbly 11-yearold girl like any other, who enjoys sleepovers with her friends and is excited about going to high school in 2013. Delve deeper though, and you discover that Emma was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was just two. While she lives …

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Case Study: Pregnancy & Reproduction

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In underdeveloped countries, the most common reason for a pregnant woman dying is that she could not get to medical care at the time of her child’s birth. We are developing a cheap, effective test to show when birth is imminent, to allow more women to get the care they …

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Case Study: Genetics in Melanoma

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Good timing, good luck and good medicine have, so far, been powerful allies in 67-year-old Peter Lynn’s battle to survive melanoma. His son David, however, perished from the disease just over two years ago. Barely six weeks after David’s funeral, Peter and his wife planned a European holiday to clear …

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Case Study: Multiple Sclerosis

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I always believed that they would find a cure. I didn’t necessarily believe it would be in my lifetime, whereas now I know they will find a cure in my lifetime and I will be one of the people that will benefit… I am really excited about that prospect. Vicki …

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Case Study: Healthy Lifestyle Choices

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Whether it is outback apple crumble or bush kangaroo stir fry, the back to basics cooking club and healthy lifestyle program is teaching kids more than just the skills to prepare and cook authentic and healthy Australian meals. The program is a direct example of how changing nutritional behaviours is …

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Case Study: Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids

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If you had told me 12 months ago, when I couldn’t run 500 metres, that I could run a half-marathon, I wouldn’t have believed it. But I have run two half-marathons and, at best, lost 16 kilos. In 2009, Hunter businessman and father of four, Shannyn Robards, and his children …

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Case Study: Prostate Cancer

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Having spent his working life dispensing medicines and good advice, pharmacist Vic Carroll had a healthy respect for his own wellbeing when he reached retirement. Just as well … In 2005 his regular-as-clockwork PSA checks began showing a steady increase and when the reading reached 6.6, Vic’s GP referred him …

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Case Study: New Clot-Busting Stroke Treatment

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A landmark study by the HMRI Stroke Research Group has shown the ‘Lazarus-like’ benefits of a new clot-busting drug therapy. A father’s touch … It’s there at birth when a tiny hand clings to a burly thumb. It’s there when we first cross the road, warm and reassuring. It’s there …

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Case Study: Stroke PAST Protocol – Ken Rowe

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Ken Rowe is living proof that HMRI funded research is changing lives in our community after the 65 year-old suffered an Ischemic Stroke. Thanks to research funded by HMRI and the introduction of a protocol to fast-track the treatment of stroke victims, Ken was able to enjoy a remarkable recovery …

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Case Study: BraveHeart – treating depression in heart disease patients

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Coronary heart disease and depression are the largest contributors to the burden of disease in Australia. One in five heart attack survivors will go on to develop depression, which conversely increases their risks of having another heart attack. BraveHeart is the first step in providing evidence that this model of …

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Case Study: Breast cancer and pregnancy

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At 41, Tanya’s life seemed all in order. She was fit, healthy and happy, and had looked after herself: exercising regularly, eating the right things, didn’t smoke and was a moderate drinker. “Mike and I had decided to try for a baby so we were delighted, with age against us, …

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Case Study: Stroke PAST Protocol – Cyril Edwards

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Watching Cyril Edwards busily shuck oysters at The Oyster Hut in Tea Gardens, he seems to be leading a perfectly healthy and active life. It was only months ago however that Cyril suffered a severe and debilitating stroke. While a stroke generally results in years of rigorous rehabilitation and significant …

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