Tagged: Alzheimer’s

Is it ethical to grow brain tissue? - News

Jean Balchin Apr 27, 2018

In this week’s Nature, there is an intriguing op-ed about the ethics of growing or sustaining human brain tissue. We must consider the fact that researchers one day might be able to create a model in the laboratory that may be capable of what might appear to be conscious experiences. If this were to happen, it would raise a number of … Read More

Dementia an extra challenge in natural disasters - News

Jean Balchin Apr 26, 2018

As anyone who has experienced a natural disaster such as a tornado or flood will attest, natural disasters are very traumatic experiences for everyone involved. Yet they are even more dangerous for people with dementia. To this end, the QUT-based Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration: Carers and Consumers (DCRC-CC) has published a new guide, which aims to prepare those who care … Read More

Brain imaging shows senior moments are selective - News

Jean Balchin Mar 08, 2018

When I was a child, I vividly remember a very funny episode with my Grandpa. He couldn’t find his glasses – yet there they were, perched on the top of his head. I thought he was just playing along, but I gradually realised that he was being serious. It still makes me chuckle to this day, although memory loss isn’t … Read More

Monday Micro – Microwave popcorn and Cystic Fibrosis - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Feb 24, 2014

What on earth could link microwave popcorn and cystic fibrosis (CF), a life-threatening inherited disease most common among Caucasians? The additive 2,3-butanedione, also known as diacetyl, a volatile colourless liquid with an intensely buttery flavor. Diacetyl is produced naturally as a fermentation product by some microbial species and can be found in some beers, as … Read More