Category Archives: Science – General

General Public health and other interesting cross-topic subjects.

Cancer researchers find protein link that could boost detection and treatment

ABC News 20 April 2016

A protein that could play a key role in treating brain cancer has been detected by medical researchers in Queensland.

Breakthrough Parkinson’s disease blood test

20 April 2016 Brisbane Times

A blood test to detect Parkinson’s disease has been developed by Australian researchers, a breakthrough which will allow for earlier intervention and treatment of the debilitating condition.

Study using robots to map orchards inadvertently identifies pollination problem

20 April 2016 QLD Country Hour

A project that set out to build a robot which could work autonomously in orchards has had the unintended side effect of helping pollinators, like bees, do their work.

Microbeads, single-use plastic bags to be recommended for ban by Senate pollution inquiry

ABC News 20 April 2016

A Senate committee will call for an immediate ban on microbeads and for single-use plastic bags to be off-limits nationwide to try and reduce pollution.,-single-use-plastic-bags-push/7339826


Her career began in fast food and today she’s a forensic biologist. Kirsty Wright talks forensics.

ABC News | 612 ABC Radio Anne Debert 18 April 2016

Kirsty Wright is a forensic biologist.  She works with the police. Her specialty is disaster victim identification and missing persons.

[Indirect references to work / cases from time working at FSS at 8-11 mins, including references to Coronial Counsellors]

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Explainer: what autoimmune disorder is newly linked to Zika?

The Conversation Steven Maltby 19 April 2016

Early reports suggested links between Zika infection and microcephaly (abnormal smallness of the head) in newborn infants. These were quickly followed by reports of increased rates of auto-immune disorder Guillain-Barre syndrome in Zika-infected adults. The most recent reports propose a connection between Zika infection and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM).

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Workplace wellness programs: Do they work?

ABC News | ABC Health & Wellbeing Scott Spark, Tegan Osborne 18 April 2016

A growing body of research actually suggests that without a targeted and well thought out approach, workplace wellness initiatives often fail to yield results.  But conversely, ignoring employee health costs money too.

Studies have shown that properly designed wellness programs can deliver significant benefits, with an average rate of return of between 2:1 and 5:1 for every dollar spentEncouragingly, a 2014 report by Buck Consultants found that about 47 per cent of companies in Australia offered some kind of health promotion service to employees — but only about half of those had measured, specific outcomes.

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