Health & Medicine

Breastfeeding can have a positive effect on a child’s hearing and language development, after being found to protect them from ear disease otitis media.

THANKS to the leadership of Ms Angie Monk, recognised this month as Australia’s Nurse of the Year, patients undergoing major surgery can be assured they’re receiving world-leading care.

WE’RE pretty familiar with the notion that exercise is good for our health. But new WA research suggests that something as simple as encouraging the elderly to walk down a flight of stairs could help prevent cognitive decline, a precursor to diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer's.

A brain tumour diagnosis can not only be devastating for a patient but equally traumatic and distressing for carers. This knowledge has driven Curtin University’s Associate Professor Georgia Halkett to develop a unique home based education and support program for carers of brain cancer patients.

PUBLIC health agencies could be better equipped to predict and manage mosquito-borne virus outbreaks in high-risk areas like the Kimberley and Pilbara thanks to a world first model produced by local researchers.

THE SLEEPING habits of more than 1,000 adult West Australians are to be assessed to see if their sleep disorders are capable of being passed on to their children.

A young UWA researcher hopes that one day a simple blood test could screen a breast cancer patient’s DNA for cancer related genetic information within each tumour which would alleviate the need for other invasive procedures such as mammography or CT scans. 

NEW findings into how Type 1 Diabetes disrupts the immune system and impacts a person’s risk of developing the condition have been uncovered by a team of researchers from the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research – findings that could help focus the search for a cure.

With Heart Week shining a spotlight on Australia’s heart health ealier this month leading cardiologist Professor Peter Thompson calls for urgent heart research to help understand the cause of heart disease better.

WA DOCTORS could soon have a score card to rank diabetic patients on their likelihood of developing depression in old age.

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