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Suspected Ebola case in Australia – experts respond

Dacia Herbulock posted in on September 11th, 2014.

A 25 year old Australian man, who has recently returned from a visit to the Ebola-affected Congo, has been admitted to a Gold Coast hospital after experiencing Ebola-like symptoms. It has not yet been established whether the man actually has the deadly virus. For background on the virus from earlier Science Media Centre round ups, […]

Anti-inflammatory drugs and cardiovascular risk

John Kerr posted in on September 28th, 2011.

A review of research has clarified the heart and stroke risks associated with taking anti-inflammatory drugs. Australian and Canadian researchers have analyzed the risk of heart attack and stroke from commonly used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Nurofen and Voltaren, by reviewing a number of studies. Of the drugs investigated, naproxen and low-dose ibuprofen (Nurofen) […]

‘A Drink a day’ and women’s health – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on September 7th, 2011.

New research suggests that one -and only one- drink of alcohol a day could be good for the health of middle-aged women. However, the implied benefits of alcohol are drawing criticism from some experts.   US researchers have studied over 121,000 nurses enrolled in the US Nurses’ Health Study which started in 1976. They compared […]

Experts respond: too much TV increases heart risk

John Kerr posted in on April 21st, 2011.

A recent Australian study has validated what what mothers around the world have been saying for decades: ‘stop watching TV – go outside and play!’ The study, published this week in the American Heart Association journal, Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, found that the more time a child spends watching television, the narrower the arteries […]

Scientists uncover how probiotics benefit health – research in Nature

Dacia Herbulock posted in on January 27th, 2011.

From our colleagues at the AusSMC: Research from Tokyo and Australia has provided the first-ever clues on the mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of probiotics (bacteria that promote health). Bifidobacteria, one of the most numerous such bacteria, confer to their hosts a range of beneficial health effects, aiding in digestion, boosting the immune system and […]

Briefing: How will Australia cope with peak oil?

Peter Griffin posted in on January 6th, 2011.

A briefing by the Australian Science Media Centre has looked at the issue of peak oil in Australia, and how Australia’s lifestyle, transport systems, development and economy will be affected by the inevitable rise in price, and decrease in availability, of the fossil fuel. The briefing addressed the following questions: Why the price of petrol […]

Burger diet boosts kids’ asthma and wheeze risk – Experts respond

Peter Griffin posted in on June 4th, 2010.

AusSMC: New research from Europe suggests eating three or more burgers a week may boost a child’s risk of asthma and wheeze – at least in developed nations. Conversely, a Mediterranean diet, rich in fruit, vegetables, and fish seems to stave off the risk, the research shows. The research team base their findings on data […]

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