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Perth Pot Plant PhD Study

Perth Pot Plant PhD Study

Kimberley McGivern, Reporter

May 30, 2017


Filed under Health and Science, Showcase

Do you love the idea of  owning indoor plants, but can’t even be trusted with a cactus? Then PhD candidate Danica-Lea Larcombe, of ECU, has an offer for you. Ms Larcombe is calling on Perth citizens to participate in her PhD study, that will explore the possible relationships between the microbiota...

Maggot Farms the Future of Environmental Aquaculture

Maggot Farms the Future of Environmental Aquaculture

Paul Van Lieshout Hunt, Reporter

May 30, 2017


Filed under Health and Science, Slideshow

A Western Australian company is embracing environmental sustainability by providing fish farmers with a maggot feast as an alternative to current fish food. The company has a focus on environmental sustainability. This year, it has started to produce a new range of fish-food for aquaculture farmers,...

Yoga Helping to Relieve Depression: Study

Yoga Helping to Relieve Depression: Study

Claudia Haines-Cappeau, Staff Reporter

May 30, 2017


Filed under Health and Science, Slideshow

Yoga can be effective in treating depression, according to a study conducted by American research psychologist Lisa Uebelacker. The study, carried out by Ms Uebelacker, from Butler Hospital, Rhode Island, concluded that, in addition to anti-depressants, yoga was a superior health mechanism in relieving...

Scientists Extract DNA From Ancient Caves

Scientists Extract DNA From Ancient Caves

Elliot Turner, Reporter

May 30, 2017


Filed under Health and Science, Showcase

Scientists have developed a technique for extracting human DNA from ancient caves that could shape the way we view human evolution. European researchers are working with the University of Wollongong on advanced extraction methods of human sediment. Hominins are a group consisting of modern humans,...

Lack of Sleep May Cause Weight Gain

Lack of Sleep May Cause Weight Gain

Jack Cooksey, Staff Reporter

May 30, 2017


Filed under Health and Science, Slideshow

Lack of sleep may cause weight gain, according to research presented at the European Congress of Endocrinology in Lisbon. According to Dr Christian Bennett, a Neuroscientist from Sweden’s Uppsala University, sleep habits and weight may be linked. “The study suggests that sleep loss leads t...

Child’s Pose: the Next Generation of Yoga

Child’s Pose: the Next Generation of Yoga

Mollie Homer, Reporter

May 23, 2017


Filed under Health and Science, Slideshow

Move over parents, yoga has found a new age group. Becoming a hit with kids and teens, yoga is now teaching the next generation the skills of mindfulness. This mindfulness movement targeting our kids is being pushed across the nation by non-for-profit organization Smiling Mind, as the stresses...

Perth Group Helps Students Learn About Mental Health

Perth Group Helps Students Learn About Mental Health

Elodie Bouttier, Reporter

May 23, 2017


Filed under Health and Science, Slideshow

Non-Profit organization Zero2Hero holds five day camps to help students from Mt Lawley High School learn about mental health. The organisation aims to de-stigmatise mental health among young adults. Executive Assistant Sophia Rogers told ECU Daily the program helps teenagers become mental health...

Worldwide Forest Estimates Increased

Worldwide Forest Estimates Increased

Jack Cooksey, Staff Reporter

May 23, 2017


Filed under Health and Science, Showcase

A team of international scientists has found new areas of forest equivalent to 60% of the size of Australia. According to the latest statistics from the World Bank, there was an estimated forest area worldwide of just under 40 million km2,  increasing the estimated forest cover globally by almost...

Screen Technology Impacting Kids’ Health

Screen Technology Impacting Kids’ Health

Claudia Haines-Cappeau, Staff Reporter

May 16, 2017


Filed under Health and Science, Showcase

The health of Australian children is being adversely affected by digital screen technology, according to physiotherapist Trish Wisbey-Roth. Children are having trouble with their neck, shoulders, ribs and spine due to the continuous use of devices such as iPad’s and laptops. Ms Wisbey-Roth...

Reformer Pilates All the Rage in Perth

Reformer Pilates All the Rage in Perth

Tayla Damir, Staff Reporter

May 16, 2017


Filed under Health and Science, Showcase, Slideshow, Sport and Lifestyle

Reformer Pilates has taken Perth by storm with classes booked out in studios around town. “Reformer pilates is Perth's latest health craze and it will continue to grow as anyone and everyone can do it, and the benefits are endless," said Helen Clarke, owner of Core Focus Pilates. “WA is always...

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