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Dementia link to less REM sleep

Dementia link to less REM sleep

Apanda Anyuon, ECU Reporter

September 4, 2017


Filed under Health and Science

A ground-breaking study by a Swinburne researcher has found that dementia in the elderly can be predicted by measuring rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. REM sleep is a specific stage of sleep characterised by rapid eye movement and we typically associate it with dreaming. During the REM stage, the...

COMMENT: We need our smartphones

COMMENT: We need our smartphones

Andjela Ergic, ECU Reporter

September 3, 2017


Filed under Health and Science

The use of smartphones has become a part of everyday life for people globally. Their computer-like features not only make our lives easier, but also play a key role in various processes such as connecting with friends, staying up to date with the latest news and completing work. However, not everyone...

Australia’s own Silicone Valley

Australia’s own Silicone Valley

Kristy Clark, ECU Reporter

September 3, 2017


Filed under Health and Science

Australia now has the potential to build a fully functional quantum computer after a $25 million investment in the development of Australia’s first quantum company, Silicon Quantum Computing. The investment has been designed to help produce a prototype quantum computer chip. But do we have what...

Moods and the microbiome

Moods and the microbiome

Oliver Pomeroy

September 3, 2017


Filed under Health and Science, Showcase

A new paper shows that there may be a link between the bacteria in the stomach and anxious and depressive behaviours. The research was conducted at the University College Cork, a leading research institution in Ireland and it focused on the bacteria in the stomach microbiome of rats. Microbiome is...

Aurora’s bright lights dazzle WA

Aurora’s bright lights dazzle WA

Mari Spanja, Reporter

August 27, 2017


Filed under Health and Science

Auroras occasionally illuminate WA’s skies in ribbons of bright and brilliant colours. With winter being the best time to look for an aurora, many of us are still in the dark about how they appear, so we went looking for experts who could shed some light on the topic. Auroras natural light displays...

Where the hell is Newman anyway? And why do people live there?

Where the hell is Newman anyway? And why do people live there?

Marley Amphlett, ECU Reporter

August 27, 2017


Filed under Health and Science

Are the financial benefits worth it for residents and FIFO workers of Newman. Should mental health care be more of a priority in rural areas of WA?

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WA food supply not immune to shortage

WA food supply not immune to shortage

Jack Baker, ECU Reporter

August 27, 2017


Filed under Health and Science

The security of Western Australia’s food supply is hardly as stable as would be expected. Food security is the population's access to food and the requisite nutritional value it contains. It is not often thought of as an issue in the comfort of First World Western Australia but according to Dr Christine...

Breaking the Mould, fighting malnutrition

Breaking the Mould, fighting malnutrition

Holly Ferguson, ECU Daily Reporter

August 27, 2017


Filed under Health and Science

Breaking the Mould is a project selected by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to help combat malnutrition in the Indo-Pacific. The project, developed by Dr Kirsty Bayliss from Murdoch University, is one of six strategies in a $4 million initiative to help the region. Bayliss, and her team,...

More girls than boys drunk in ambulances

More girls than boys drunk in ambulances

Kelly Marie Smith, ECU reporter

August 27, 2017


Filed under Health and Science, Showcase

Young women are requiring more urgent medical care for alcohol intoxication than young men, according to new state-wide ambulance figures. For the first time, St John Ambulance and the WA McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth (MCAAY), have provided female and male breakdowns of ambulance...

Cheers to this new research

Cheers to this new research

Reney Omar, ECU Reporter

August 21, 2017


Filed under Health and Science

We are constantly reminded of the risks and dangers alcohol can have on our health, yet rarely are we told of the benefits consuming alcohol can have. Researchers publishing in Consciousness and Cognition conducted a placebo-controlled study to understand whether alcohol inhibits or enhances creativity. The...

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