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Study links passive smoking to behavioural problems in children

ABC News AFP 30 September 2015

Children whose mothers smoke during pregnancy — and even those born into smokers’ homes — are nearly twice as likely to develop behavioural problems, researchers have said.
A study of some 5,200 French primary school children linked exposure to smoking with a range of troubling behaviour such as aggression, disobedience, lying and cheating.
“Exposure to tobacco during pregnancy and after birth practically doubles the risk of behaviour problems among primary school children aged on average around 10 years,” said study head Isabella Annesi-Maesano from France’s leading government health research body INSERM.

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Queensland blood cancer test a ‘game-changer’

Brisbane Times AAP October 2, 2015

Sufferers of a specific type of blood cancer could be spared gruelling chemotherapy regimes thanks to a new test developed in Queensland.
The world-first tool helps predict how patients with a specific form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma – known as Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma – will respond to standard treatments.
This means those who are unlikely to benefit from chemotherapy and immunotherapy can be detected early and spared punishing medical regimes.
Professor Maher Gandhi, who developed the test at the University of Queensland’s Diamantina Institute, says being able to pick the right treatment from the diagnostic outset is critical.

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Celebrating the quiet achievements of public health

Croakey 29 September 2015

One of Australia’s foremost researchers in immunisation behaviour Julie Leask was recently presented with a Research Action Award by the Sax Institute for work ‘that has changed the way we design and deliver health care’.

It was a rare recognition of the quiet achievements of public health, she writes:


Last week, I was among four researchers given an inaugural Research Action Award from the Sax Institute. The award recognises research that’s had an impact on health policy, programs or service delivery.

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$25 million for UQ genomics research

Queensland Government 22 September 2015

A $25 million boost to genomics research at Queensland research institutions will help experts in their efforts to improve healthcare.

The Palaszczuk Government announced new funding for genomics research today at the University of Queensland.

Genomics is the study of genomes – the sequence of a person’s DNA. It can be used to create personalised healthcare treatments and to measure the risk of developing many diseases.

From agriculture to zoology: New journal covering all research disciplines

EurekAlert 21 September 2015

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, announces that Heliyon, its new open access journal publishing research across all disciplines, has today published its first eight papers since the journal opened for submissions earlier this year.

Covering topics as diverse as Yard-long beans in Sri Lanka and cattle in Western Germany, the newly published papers span multiple research disciplines from authors across four continents.

Visit the website for more information, submission guidelines, and to register for email alerts.

Publish or perish culture encourages scientists to cut corners

The Conversation 23 September 2015

Last week there was another very public case of a journal article being retracted as a result of academic misconduct. This time it was in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), with the lead author – Dr Anna Ahimastos, working at Melbourne’s Baker IDI – reportedly admitting she fabricated data.

Sadly, the story is all-too familiar. But this is not to say that science is imperiled, only that we need to ensure the reward and support structures in academia promote the best practices rather than corner cutting.

Data-driven approach could help improve allocation of biomedical research resources

EurekAlert 15 September 2015

A new computational model developed by scientists from the University of Chicago could help improve the allocation of U.S. biomedical research resources. The tool, called the Research Opportunity Index (ROI), measures disparities between resources dedicated to a disease and its relative burden on society. ROI identifies diseases that receive a disproportionate share of biomedical resources, which represent opportunities for high-impact investment or for the realignment of existing resources. It is designed to provide an unbiased, data-driven framework to help scientific and political communities assess resource investment and identify unmet medical needs. ROI is described in the August issue of Nature Biotechnology.

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