Category Archives: Science – General

General Public health and other interesting cross-topic subjects.

Organs-on-a-chip technology takes the guesswork out of drug-testing

Science Alert 30 July 2014

Getting a new drug on the market is no small feat. On average it takes over a decade of trial and development before a new drug can hit the shelves, and only a fraction of them even make it that far.
This is partly due to the guesswork that goes into using animals for drug testing. While animal testing has played an invaluable role in the development of our drugs in the past, it’s a process that is by no means infallible. What might work wonderfully for a rat in the lab won’t necessarily agree with the biology of a human being, and, on the other hand, the perfect drug for humans might never make it past the initial testing stages because it predicts the wrong response in a lab rabbit.

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Dr who? Campaign to boost digital profile of Australia’s female scientists

Sydney Morning Herald Bridie Smith, Nicky Phillips 27 July 2014

Next month, the Australian Academy of Science plans to change the systematic bias against women in science on Wikipedia, hosting a Women of Science ‘’Wikibomb’’ event inspired by a similar call to arms by the Royal Society, London.

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Nobel laureate Brian Schmidt fires broadside at Australia’s research strategy

The Sydney Morning Herald Nicky Phillips July 24, 2014

Nobel prize-winning astrophysicist Brian Schmidt says serious issues in Australia’s research sector are being obscured by the mammoth assessment task researchers are required to undertake every three years to benchmark their work against the rest of the world.
Professor Schmidt said not only did the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) scheme draw attention to the problems associated with research funding in Australia, it also highlighted the country’s lack of a science plan.

The virus detective who discovered Ebola in 1976

BBC News Magazine Rob Brown 17 July 2014

Nearly 40 years ago, a young Belgian scientist travelled to a remote part of the Congolese rainforest – his task was to help find out why so many people were dying from an unknown and terrifying disease.

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Facial recognition success rises from NICTA ashes

Brisbane Time July 15, 2014

Facial recognition software which the Queensland government ceased funding two years ago has emerged as a star among cutting edge technologies in the American defence community.   Continue reading…

Researchers close in on Alzheimer’s test

Brisbane Times Natalie Bochenski 11 July 2014

New brain-scanning software developed by Brisbane researchers aims to become another weapon in the arsenal against Alzheimer’s disease.    CSIRO Associate Professor Olivier Salvado, from the Australian eHealth Research Centre, is presenting the findings to the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Copenhagen this weekend.

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Eye tests could detect early Alzheimer’s

State Government to launch vaccination app to remind parents when shots are due

Courier Mail Laura Chalmers 9 July 2014

QUEENSLAND adults will be able to visit their local pharmacy for booster shots and parents will be given electronic reminders to vaccinate their children under a detailed vaccination strategy to be released today by the State Government.


Headbanging can cause brain injury, say German doctors

BBC News 4 July 2014

German doctors are highlighting the dangers of headbanging after a 50-year-old man developed bleeding in the brain following a Motorhead concert.

The man complained of a constant headache when he was treated by Hannover Medical School neurosurgeons four weeks after the rock concert.

A scan revealed a blood clot on the right side of his brain, which surgeons removed successfully.

A brain-injury charity said the case was “very unusual”.

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Register for the new CKN (Clinicians’ Knowledge Network)

Queensland Health’s new CKN is now available.  The CKN provides access to a range of Point of Care resources as well as Medicines resources such as MIMS Online and Micromedex.

The new CKN has been designed for more modern web browsers, giving you better access to journals and other resources.  It is best viewed in Mozilla Firefox which is provided on all Qld Health computers.  Please don’t use Internet Explorer 6 (IE6).

If you have old CKN links saved in your web browser bookmarks or favourites you will need to update them. Your old saved links will no longer work.

To access the new CKN from home or off-site, you will need to re-register.

Click here to re-register for CKN access

New supercooling technique preserves transplant organs for four days

Science Alert July 1, 2014

Researchers at the Centre for Engineering in Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital in the US have developed a new supercooling technique that preserves organs outside the body for up to four days after being harvested.

Medics currently use a chemical solution and cold temperatures to keep organs viable for up to 24 hours. This timeframe is not always enough to prep the receiving patient and doesn’t allow intercontinental transplants.  Continue reading…