Category Archives: Science – General

General Public health and other interesting cross-topic subjects.

A year on, Australia’s health star food-rating system is showing cracks

The Conversation Mark Lawrence, Christina Pollard 13 July 2015

The government has started the second phase of its awareness campaign for Australia’s year-old health star food-rating system. The A$2.1 million campaign is aimed at educating grocery buyers about how to shop for healthy food and encouraging the food industry to adopt the voluntary system.

But it’s unlikely the campaign will fulfil its first aim because health stars are predominantly being used by the food industry to market highly processed food products. It would be unfortunate if it was successful in its latter aim because unless we change the way the system currently works, consumers will be the losers.

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Doctors and nurses sharing mobile phones spreads disease: study

ABC News Edith Bevin 12 July 2015

Doctors and nurses who routinely share mobile phones in hospital wards to get laboratory results and coordinate care could be putting the health of patients at risk by spreading disease and infections, a Tasmanian study has concluded.

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WHO ‘unfit for health emergencies’

BBC News 8 July 2015

The Ebola crisis proves the World Health Organization (WHO) lacks the “capacity and culture” to deal with global health emergencies, says a damning independent report, commissioned by the WHO itself.

The review panel says WHO was too slow to act to get on top of the deadly virus which has now killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa.

And it calls for an urgent overhaul of the organisation.

WHO says it has plans for reform.

BioMed Central journals see growth in impact

(BioMed Central 3 July 2015) A total of 175 journals in BioMed Central’s publishing portfolio now have impact iactors in the recently published Journal Citation Report 2015, of which 104 journals rank in the top half of their categories.

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Australia’s Chief Scientist on getting our research priorities right

The Conversation Ian Chubb 6 July 2015

Starting in late 2014, I convened a series of roundtables with representatives across the disciplines, with a view to learning from success. The Prime Minister announced the outcomes of that process in May: nine science and research priorities, each with three to four corresponding practical research challenges.  It is a significant step forward, and it is important that the implications are properly understood.

This is the first in our series on the Science and Research Priorities recently announced by the Federal Government. Stay tuned for expert roundups on each of the nine priorities in coming days.

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Respecting teachers key to reversing Australia’s dwindling science interest, Ian Chubb says

ABC News Stephanie Anderson 3 July 2015

Year 12 participation rates in science subjects as well as top level mathematics are at a 20-year low, according to Australia’s chief scientist Ian Chubb.  Professor Chubb said Australia’s future would rely heavily on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and teachers need more support to encourage students to get involved.

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RAAF jet fuel: Defence personnel call for inquiry after reporting wide range of serious illnesses

ABC News 30 June 2015

Current and former Defence Force personnel are calling for a wide-ranging inquiry into whether thousands of servicemen and women have suffered serious illnesses due to exposure to toxic jet fuel.