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WTF is CMT!?

WTF is CMT!?

Marley Amphlett, ECU Reporter

September 10, 2017


Filed under Health and Science

Charcot Marie Tooth (CMT) disease may have an unusual name, but there is nothing funny about having it. Individuals who are diagnosed face a lifelong challenge, as there is currently no cure. The disease is hereditary and affects 1 in 2500 people. According to the Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation that’s app...

Coffee or craving?

Coffee or craving?

Reney Omar, ECU Reporter

September 10, 2017


Filed under Health and Science, Showcase

No one likes cravings, especially when they’re ones you can’t control and have negative implications on your health. Do you lack willpower when it comes to giving in to sweet cravings? Well, there might finally be a reason for those cravings and they may be coming from your daily cup of coffee. A...

BMJ: 13 reasons why we need tougher TV rules

BMJ: 13 reasons why we need tougher TV rules

Brigid Dix, Reporter

September 4, 2017


Filed under Health and Science

Media guidelines about televised portrayals of suicide should be strengthened, implemented and enforced, according to a group of professors from the Medical University of Vienna who conducted a study recently published by the British Medical Journal. The study focused the Netflix show 13 Reasons...

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...

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