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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...

Free meningococcal vaccine now available

Free meningococcal vaccine now available

Vanessa Vlajkovic, ECU Daily reporter

October 8, 2017


Filed under Health and Science

In an Australian first, all young people aged 15 to 19 years old are now able to receive an ACWY vaccine for meningococcal disease free of charge. The three-year program was rolled out in term two of 2017 and targets year 10, 11 and 12 students in schools, as well as university students and others...

$13m for medical technologies

$13m for medical technologies

Greg Corrigan, ECU Reporter

October 8, 2017


Filed under Health and Science

Three Australian medical technologies that could aid sufferers of chronic back pain and other disabilities have received over $13 million from the federal government. The medical breakthroughs could help rehabilitation processes, allowing patients to achieve greater mobility. These new technologies...

Medical psychedelics for mental health therapy

Medical psychedelics for mental health therapy

Jackson Lavell-Lee

October 2, 2017


Filed under Health and Science

Medication for severe mental illness has always been a controversial topic, wrong choices can have devastating effects. The idea of using psychedelics as medicine has been off the table for a long time, but some experts are now arguing that they are a potential cure for the black dog. Researchers...

Space mining in 10,9,8…

Space mining in 10,9,8…

Kate Smith, ECU Reporter

October 2, 2017


Filed under Health and Science, Showcase

Space experts, academics and government officials attended the third Off-Earth Mining Forum at the University of New South Wales in Sydney last week. Head researchers on space mining from around the world gathered to discuss the future of mining and colonisation Off-Earth. According to Associate...

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