Health and Medicine

The dramatic decrease in life-saving tobacco control policies - News

Jean Balchin Jul 20, 2017

4.7 billion people – 63% of world’s population – are covered by polices such as strong graphic warnings, smoke-free public places or other measures. According to the latest World Health Organisation report, more countries have implemented tobacco control policies, ranging from graphic pack warnings and advertising bans to no smoking areas. Roughly 4.7 billion people, or 63% of the world’s … Read More

Investigating homicide in mental health services - Infrequently Asked Questions

Guest Work Jul 20, 2017

Originally posted on Royal Society Te Apārangi’s Past and Future series where, as part of 150th anniversary celebrations, early career researchers are invited to share discoveries in their fields from days gone by or give us a glimpse into where their research may take us in the future. By Lillian Ng, Department of Psychological Medicine, The University of Auckland In … Read More

Nationwide Colorectal Screening in New Zealand - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Jul 20, 2017

Dr Melissa McLeod and Professor Tony Blakely Nationwide Colorectal Screening in New Zealand: a tricky balance of improving overall population health and addressing inequalities In this blog we will discuss a paper recently published in Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention [1] by the BODE3 team, which modelled a nationwide colorectal cancer (CRC) screening programme for New Zealand. We … Read More

Natural Mutations and Sickle Cell Anaemia - News

Jean Balchin Jul 19, 2017

Using the gene-editing technique CRISPR, a UNSW Sydney-led team of scientists has introduced a beneficial natural mutation into blood cells, switching on production of foetal haemoglobin. This advance could eventually lead to a cure for sickle cell anaemia and other blood disorders. Sickle Cell Anaemia Cells in tissues need a constant, steady supply of oxygen to function properly. Normally, … Read More

What is pre-pregnancy carrier screening? - Guest Work

Guest Work Jul 19, 2017

Gina Ravenscroft, University of Western Australia; Nigel Laing, University of Western Australia, and Royston Ong, University of Western Australia The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recently recommended obstetricians, gynaecologists and other related health care providers offer pre-pregnancy carrier screening for genetic diseases to all patients. Pre-pregnancy carrier screening involves testing healthy adults … Read More

Could a cannabis pill reduce chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting? - Guest Work

Guest Work Jul 17, 2017

Peter Grimison, University of Sydney For some cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, the thought of joining their loved ones for a meal can be, quite literally, sickening. Nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy can cause devastating physical side effects and wreck a patient’s social and family life. Patients say they find it difficult to manage the expectations of well-meaning … Read More

The brain and the gut talk to each other - Guest Work

Guest Work Jul 17, 2017

Antonina Mikocka-Walus, Deakin University It’s widely recognised that emotions can directly affect stomach function. As early as 1915, influential physiologist Walter Cannon noted that stomach functions are changed in animals when frightened. The same is true for humans. Those who stress a lot often report diarrhoea or stomach pain. We now know this is because the … Read More

How infectious diseases have shaped our culture, habits and language - Guest Work

Guest Work Jul 14, 2017

Maxine Whittaker, James Cook University This is the last article in a four-part package looking at infectious diseases and how they’ve influenced our culture and evolution. Read the other articles here. Despite being so small they can’t be seen with the naked eye, pathogens that cause human disease have greatly affected the way humans live for centuries. Read More

Measles is a hoax? Tell that to Europe, Councillor! - BioBlog

Alison Campbell Jul 13, 2017

In The Spinoff today, there’s an OP on the … ‘alternative’ … views of a member of our local City Council. It’s worth a read. I knew that the councillor was against the use of community water fluoridation (CWF) as a public health measure, but going by various postings she’s made in social media, we can add anti-vaccine to … Read More