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Curtin aims to demystify diabetes with new MOOC

According to Diabetes Australia 100,000 Australians have developed diabetes in the past year, so Curtin University’s new MOOC Life with Diabetes will be useful in educating those with diabetes as well as carers and family members. The MOOC has five modules which ...

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Positivity improves illness outcomes

Having a positive attitude can improve outcomes for those living with chronic illness, a research review has found. Researchers at Curtin University have studied the power of positive and negative thoughts on people living with cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. ...

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Broken hearts can be fixed: research

To Canada where new research into organ tissue repair has been published… Broken hearts can be mended using an injectable tissue repair patch smaller than a postage stamp, research shows. The AngioChip consists of a biodegradable scaffold seeded with lab-grown ...

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Brain discovery could lead to PTSD therapy

Scientists at the University of Queensland have made an “exciting” discovery about the human brain that they say could lead to new treatments for numerous mental health conditions such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. A mouse study conducted by ...

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QUT students back in court for FOI fight

Two former university students have taken the Australian Information Commissioner to court to find out exactly what went on when a racial discrimination complaint was brought against them. Calum Thwaites and Jackson Powell were unsuccessfully sued by Queensland University of ...

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South Australia names scientist of the year

A microbiologist developing new treatments for infectious diseases has been named South Australia’s Scientist of the Year. Professor James Paton, director of the University of Adelaide’s research centre for infectious diseases, is working to understand the interaction between major disease-causing ...

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Melbourne Uni pain study looking for pooches

Old woofers suffering arthritis pain are wanted for a new Melbourne study that will test if a plant-based gel can reduce pain for dogs. Just like their owners, man’s best friend can also suffer from osteoarthritis, which occurs when cartilage ...

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Dutch students grow biodegradable car

To the Netherlands, where university students have built a car out of sugar beets and flax... What’s made of sugar, can carry four people and travel at 80km per hour? A biodegradable car, whose inventors say could be the next ...

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Shooter video games damage brain: study

A study published by researchers from the University of Montreal has generated faint praise from a University of Oxford academic. Playing violent “shooter” video games can damage the brain and might even increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, researchers claim. ...

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