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The silent tragedy of SIDS

The silent tragedy of SIDS

Marley Amphlett, ECU Reporter

October 16, 2017


Filed under Health and Science, Showcase

Amber Campbell was 20 when she gave birth to her daughter, Jacinta Joyce “JJ” Franks. JJ was born in Bunbury on 5 May 2017. She was a healthy weight at 6 pounds and 8oz, and was instantly adored by Miss Campbell and her partner Kayne Franks (26). Nobody could have predicted that their joy...

Cancer rates accumulating over generations

Cancer rates accumulating over generations

Jack Baker, ECU Reporter

October 16, 2017


Filed under Health and Science

New research from the University of Adelaide has suggested that the higher rates of cancer seen in developed countries are a result of relaxed natural selection. After cardiovascular diseases, cancer has become the second highest cause of death worldwide. While tobacco smoking, diet and pollution...

The melting of mud

The melting of mud

Ashleigh Melanko, ECU Reporter

October 16, 2017


Filed under Health and Science

Mud in the earth's mantle is melting, according to researchers from geology department at Curtin, who teamed up with universities from South Africa, the United Kingdom and UWA. Research into the mud, that is the layer between the crust and the core of the earth, is increasing understanding of how...

Noodle science combating Diabetes

Noodle science combating Diabetes

Oliver Pomeroy, ECU Reporter

October 16, 2017


Filed under Health and Science

The complex science of the noodle is being studied at Curtin University, in hopes to find the superior method of production. The study aims to find a way to add protein to the wheat crop before it grows, so that the protein occurs naturally. Curtin researcher Carla Bourgy said: “The more protein...

Bananas protect against strokes

Bananas protect against strokes

Vanessa Vlajkovic, ECU Daily Reporter

October 16, 2017


Filed under Health and Science

New research by the University of Alabama has shown that the potassium in bananas could play a part in preventing heart attacks and strokes. An article published on 5 October in the peer-review journal JCI Insight stated that a reduction in potassium intake in one’s diet has been linked to cardiovascular...

Morale boost for health carers

Morale boost for health carers

Megan Birch, ECU Reporter

October 16, 2017


Filed under Health and Science

West Australian Health Minister Roger Cook is looking out for WA health care staff with new plans to boost engagement and morale. The plans include holding staff forums at hospitals and conducting surveys on staff, the Minister hopes it will make for happier, healthier employees in the health care...

Regular E-users take more risks

Regular E-users take more risks

Vesh Arumugam, Reporter- ECU Daily

October 10, 2017


Filed under Health and Science

The latest data from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), shows that half of the one in five young Australians who regularly use psychostimulant drugs report mental health problems. Quarter of them experienced adverse events related to their...

Bringing mental health to work

Bringing mental health to work

Lisa Simcock, ECU Reporter

October 9, 2017


Filed under Health and Science

The Transformative Work Design Centre at UWA has partnered with The Mental Health Commission (MHC) to help raise awareness about mental health for employees in workplaces across Western Australia. The State Government is giving $500,000 to the partnership to allow UWA researchers to promote positive mental health and wellbeing via assessment tools, training modules, educational materials and other resources. The ...

Designing cooler diabetes devices

Designing cooler diabetes devices

Kelly Marie Smith, ECU Journalist

October 9, 2017


Filed under Health and Science

A group of New Zealand researchers have teamed up with young type 1 diabetes sufferers, to design discreet medical devices to help them feel more comfortable managing their diabetes. Design PhD student Gillian McCarthy, from Victoria's School of Design, along with Dr Brian Robinson from the Facult...

Australia vs space junk

Australia vs space junk

Apanda Anyuon, ECU Reporter

October 9, 2017


Filed under Health and Science

Space junk is a growing problem. There are now so many satellites orbiting the earth that collisions are common place. Satellite Laser Ranging is the art of putting lasers on satellites that can measure the distance to other objects, in the hope that this information can reduce crashes, that produce...

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