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Kids worried about next meals

Kids worried about next meals

Kelly Marie Smith, ECU Journalist

October 2, 2017


Filed under Health and Science

Children in remote Western Australia worry about getting enough food, according to a new study conducted by researchers at Edith Cowan University.

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WA scientists saving African cassava crops

WA scientists saving African cassava crops

Ashleigh Melanko, ECU Reporter

October 2, 2017


Filed under Health and Science

Researchers from UWA have teamed up with local farmers and British company Oxford Nanopore Technologies, to use portable DNA sequencing help farmers in East Africa eradicate crop disease. “Crop disease affects crops differently depending on the type of disease. Diseases are caused by plant pathogens...

Heatwave health threat rising

Heatwave health threat rising

Megan Birch, ECU Reporter

October 2, 2017


Filed under Health and Science, Showcase

With summer just around the corner and unusually hot weather conditions in other parts of Australia, experts are beginning to speak out on the deadly dangers of heatwaves. A report released by Doctors for the Environment Australia outlines that “heatwaves are getting hotter, longer and more frequent and have led to increased ambulanc...

Can you tell what’s real or fake?

Can you tell what’s real or fake?

Mari Spanja, Reporter

September 18, 2017


Filed under Health and Science

New research by the University of Warwick raises questions about how observant we must be before we can trust a picture’s authenticity and the science behind it. In the study, researchers took photos of real world scenes and edited them in different ways. They then showed 659 participants a mix of...

Languages falling silent

Languages falling silent

Kelly Marie Smith, ECU Daily Reporter

September 18, 2017


Filed under Health and Science, Showcase

By the turn of the next century more than half of the known 7,000 languages spoken on earth may disappear, taking with them a wealth of knowledge about culture, history, the environment and the human brain, according to linguist Anthony Woodbury. Many of these are spoken by small groups of Indige...

Prevention better than cure

Prevention better than cure

Kristy Clark, ECU Reporter

September 18, 2017


Filed under Health and Science, Showcase

Western Australia’s recent state budget has promised an allocation of $61.7 million to help boost mental health prevention and treatment services to better support WA communities. In a statement WA’s Mental Health minister, Roger Cook, announced, "Our focus is on building strong communities, safer...

Diet and exercise can relieve asthma symptoms

Diet and exercise can relieve asthma symptoms

Andjela Ergic, ECU Reporter

September 17, 2017


Filed under Health and Science

A balanced diet and regular exercise may be able to lower asthma symptoms in non-obese patients, according to new Danish research. Asthma is a chronic lung condition which causes patients to have to have sensitive airways that flare up when triggered, causing difficulty in breathing. These triggers...

Africa’s Democratic Dogs

Africa’s Democratic Dogs

Andrew Fewster, ECU Reporter

September 11, 2017


Filed under Health and Science

The idea might sound howling mad, but African wild dogs in Botswana are using a majority style voting system to decide when the pack will start their hunt, according to a recent international study. The study showed that dogs need to reach what is called a “quorum threshold” before they start t...

Think you’re Gluten Intolerant? Probably not

Think you’re Gluten Intolerant? Probably not

Lisa Simcock, ECU Reporter

September 11, 2017


Filed under Health and Science

According to new research published in the Medical Journal of Australia only one in six people who claim to be gluten intolerant actually are. Gluten free diets are a health trend, but researchers from the University of Newcastle have cautioned that the diet can be bad for people without an intoleranc...

Better treatment for type 1 diabetes

Better treatment for type 1 diabetes

Andjela Ergic, ECU Reporter

September 11, 2017


Filed under Health and Science

A more effective treatment for type 1 diabetes may be available in the future thanks to new research from Sydney’s Westmead Institute for Medical Research. The team of researchers, led by Professor Jenny Gunton, investigated alternative methods of pancreatic islets transplantation, and found that tr...

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