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Overweight mums a cause for concern

Improving patient care for obese pregnant women giving birth by caesarian and hospital resources for them, is the focus of a new University of Melbourne-led study.

America’s ‘Right to Try’ laws - the Pandora’s box of compassionate legislation

Barwon Health Pain Specialist, Michael Vagg, is concerned that by bypassing the Federal Drug Administration, America's new 'Right to Try' laws could be opening up a Pandora's Box for terminally ill patients.

Health Check: why do my gums bleed and should I be worried?

Bleeding gums are very common but the University of Melbourne Professor Mike Morgan and Associate Professor Stuart Dashper warn that ignoring them may only lead to more serious problems down the track.

Two ears are better than one

New research has found that hearing-impaired children fitted with a second cochlear implant early in life have significantly better outcomes in aspects of their communication and learning.

Rural placements improve students’ attitudes to country practice

A University of Melbourne study has found that short-term medical placements in the bush can transform metropolitan medical student attitudes towards rural medical careers.

Scientists crack the code of a cancer-causing parasite

Scientists have sequenced the genome and characterised the genes of the Asian liver fluke, Opisthorchis viverrini - a parasite causing diseases affecting millions of people in Asia and is associated with a fatal bile duct cancer.

Communication and health policy creation during the Australian HIV/AIDS crisis

The Australian response to the HIV/AIDS crisis in the 1980s was one of the most effective in the world, marked by cooperation between government, community groups, the health sector and academic institutions. The 2014 International AIDS Conference presents an opportunity to recall the lessons of this response, to reflect on their enduring legacy.

Enhancing health literacy in Melbourne's western suburbs

A program led by students at the University of Melbourne is increasing the health literacy of high school students in Melbourne's western suburbs with the goal of transforming the region's future health outcomes.

Bootcamp for health advocacy change makers

NCDFREE, a global social movement against non-communicable diseases, is bringing together young change-makers through global health advocacy 'bootcamps' around the world - starting in Melbourne.

Investing in Indigenous health leadership

Future Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals will have the opportunity for leadership development in health policy and practice thanks to a $10 million gift from leading Australian philanthropist, Greg Poche.

Children of same-sex attracted parents doing well in the face of stigma - latest results

Children of same-sex attracted parents have above average health and wellbeing, according to groundbreaking University of Melbourne research published in the journal BMC Public Health.

Melbourne University and Demons join forces in the Northern Territory

The Melbourne Football Club is continuing its work with eye experts at the University of Melbourne, spreading the 'clean faces, strong eyes' anti-trachoma message in Indigenous communities.

New cancer facility set to speed up answers

Information generated by several new technologies will soon help researchers and clinicians match the right treatments with individual patients’ diseases.

Benefits of cultural diversity programs revealed

Researchers from the University of Melbourne have found that, on a daily basis, one in five primary and high school students are targets of racism at school.

Researchers honoured with NHMRC Research Excellence Awards

Three researchers from the University of Melbourne have received National Health and Medical Research Council prizes.

Professor Kate Leslie honoured by Australian Medical Association

University of Melbourne professor, Kate Leslie, Head of Research at the Royal Melbourne Hospital's Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Management, has been recognised with the prestigious Australian Medical Association (AMA) Woman in Medicine Award.

Healthy youth is key to a healthy life but Australia remains behind

With adolescence starting earlier than ever, being healthy in your youth is increasingly important, says the University of Melbourne's Susan M Sawyer and George Patton.

Poor health outcomes for ex-prisoners after release

In an analysis of more than a thousand former prisoners, University of Melbourne research Stuart Kinner has found that those with a history of mental disorders face a range of serious issues when transitioning back into the community.

Some broccoli each day could keep the asthma away

Research led by University of Melbourne honours student, Nadia Mazarakis, has found eating moderate amounts of broccoli could help asthmatics to breathe easy.

Australia’s Health 2014 report card

Professor Rob Moodie weighs in on the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare's Australia health 2014 report.

Profits, death and disease: big tobacco’s business model

Rob Moodie, a professor of public health at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, has serious concerns that if the tobacco industry is allowed to continue unchecked an estimated one billion people may die from smoking this century.

Australian researchers closing in on therapy for motor neurone disease

Researchers from the University of Melbourne have discovered a compound that may slow the progress of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a fatal neurodegenerative disease widely known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Australian researchers unlock key to triggering labour in pregnancy

A new collaborative study involving researchers from the University of Melbourne has found a possible cause for why overweight women often have difficulty giving birth.

Parasitic worms of pigs could provide new treatments of human diseases

A University of Melbourne-led study has successfully mapped the genes of a common parasite in pigs that may hold the key to treating a range of conditions from diabetes to autism.

Voices from Black Saturday

Five years on from the devastating Black Saturday bushfires, The Beyond Bushfires survey has found that many affected communities are still in need of help.

Brain of the beholder: The neuroscience of beauty

In this episode of the Up Close podcast neuroesthetics expert Professor Semir Zeki explains the neuronal behavior that underlies perceptions of ‘beauty’. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.

Five Australian medical stories everyone should know

Sir Gustav Nossal charts the unsung heroes of Australian medical research.

A different judgement

Phrenology, the study of the supposed link between skull shape and mental capacity, is now discredited as a pseudo-science. It was once on the cutting edge of brain science though, Dr James Bradley explains.

Racism in healthcare linked to poor mental health

A survey led by the University of Melbourne has found that one-third of Indigenous Australian patients experienced racism within the health system in the past year, which may be having detrimental flow on effects to mental health.

Irresponsible brains? The role of consciousness in guilt

In 1987, a Canadian man is accused of a terrible crime but claims he was sleepwalking at the time. Is he responsible for his actions? The Florey Institute's Neil Levy weighs in on guilt in the age of neuroscience.

Be good to yourself to help cope with symptoms of menopause

New research from Melbourne's School of Psychological Sciences has found that menopausal women with high self-compassion find their lives less impacted by hot flushes.

Bionics Institute director recognised by prestigious award

Bionics Institute director, Professor Robert Shepherd, was invited to present the Garnett Passe Memorial Lecture at the Royal Society and was awarded a prestigious medal.

Questions raised about physio for hip osteoarthritis

University of Melbourne research has found that physical therapy is ineffective in the treatment of painful hip osteoarthritis.

In your genes: Family history reveals predisposition to multiple diseases

Researchers have found nine simple questions that can be used to identify people who may be at increased risk of various cancers, heart disease and diabetes.

Bigger, quicker - new obesity numbers show

New research has found more than 60 per cent of Australians are overweight.

Melbourne researcher takes top prize

Dr Jaclyn Pearson has received the prestigious 2014 Premier’s Award for Health and Medical Research for her groundbreaking PhD research.

Philanthropist funds Indigenous health leadership

Leading Australian philanthropist, Greg Poche AO, has gifted $10 million for the establishment of the University of Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health.

Australia first e-learning package for Indigenous eye health

A free online resource for training in eye health and diabetes, the first of its kind in Australia, has launched in Alice Springs.

Researchers awarded at European Stroke Conference

Melbourne academics, Dr Stephen Davis and Dr Geoffrey Donnan, have received a prestigious international award for their work in the field of stroke research.

Health Check: how do you choose strong painkillers?

Dr Michael Vagg a Pain Specialist at Barwon Health offers advice for selecting the right pain medication.

Mothers' mental health worse four years after giving birth

Much of the research into maternal depression has been focussed on the perinatal period, the first 12 months after giving birth. MCRI's Stephanie Brown explains that new research has found women may in fact be more vulnerable to depression as their children get older.

Explainer: what are neurogenetic diseases?

Neurogenetic diseases, an umbrella term to describe inherited diseases that affect the nervous system, cost Australia's economy billions of dollars every year. MCRI's Marguerite Evans-Galea, Martin Delatycki and Paul Lockhart explain what we know about these conditions and what we are still trying to find out.

No matter how you fund it, medical research is a good investment

One of the biggest surprises of this year's federal budget was the announcement of a $20 billion Medical Research Future Fund, partly funded through a controversial co-payment scheme. Professor Douglas Hilton, Director of Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, argues that the government's decision, although polarising, should not be judged prematurely.

Who says you can’t change the world?

Who says you can't change the world? Tell us about your ideas for what you want to change in the world with your knowledge, skills or research.

Grand-parenting keeps wheels turning

New research from the University of Melbourne has found that postmenopausal women who took care of their grandchildren one day a week had better memory and faster cognitive speed than those who didn't.

University of Melbourne research discoveries lead to $75m Fibrotech purchase

Better treatments for fibrosis sufferers is on the horizon following a global drug maker's decision to buy the University of Melbourne affiliated biopharmaceutical company, Fibrotech.

Racism - not what the doctor ordered

A review of healthcare providers has found that patients from minority ethnic groups in the US may be facing racist attitudes and beliefs that can unintentionally affect their treatment.

Getting boards on board

An investigation led by the University of Melbourne shows that positive patient experience is as a key part of high quality healthcare and goes beyond responsibility of frontline medical and nursing staff.

University of Melbourne to play key role in Global Melbourne Health Plan

The University of Melbourne will collaborate with the State Government of Victoria to deliver the key objectives of the Global Melbourne Health Plan.

Online support for domestic violence to be trialled

Improving rates of poor disclosure by victims of domestic violence is the focus of a new online web based project led by the University of Melbourne.

Want PBS savings? Fix the pricing for combined drugs

Last week, Treasurer Joe Hockey made a "case for change" in the way government spends money, focusing largely on macro policy settings, such as pension entitlements, including access to schemes such as the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. This article highlights the need for micro reforms and provides an overview of a paper published in the Medical Journal of Australia.

Research is the key to advancement

Christopher Weir, a PhD student, describes that intensive, collaborative multi-disciplinary research is important to him as it is the key to advancement for the world. He explains that you could help far more people by developing an efficacious vaccine rather than only treating the disease.

Understanding the molecular mechanisms leading to malaria eradication: the importance of research

Charisse Flerida A. Pasaje, a PhD student, argues that innovative research is important for the development of new drugs to eradicate malaria.

Research for life's simple pleasures

Jason Kiat Hsu, a Doctor of Medicine student, explains that research has shaped his passion and humility for a continued pursuit of medical and health sciences knowledge to advocate for those who cannot and encourage engagement of those who will not.

From parasites to publications

Samuel Hawthorne, a Doctor of Medicine student, explains that whilst the medical problems we face change over time, it is as important as ever to continue probing further to fully understand medicine.

Deaths from viral hepatitis surpasses HIV/AIDS as a preventable cause of death in Australia

Deaths from viral Hepatitis B and C have surpassed HIV/AIDS in many countries, including Australia, according to an analysis of the 2010 Global Burden of Disease study.

Research insights into lung diseases focus of new centre

Researchers at the University of Melbourne have discovered a new insight into the unexplained link between lung infections, emphysema and lung cancer.

Forging iron women

A new University of Melbourne study has found that women who take iron supplements experience a marked improvement in their exercise performance.

Renowned Australian doctor to head International eye organisation

Eye health expert Professor Hugh Taylor AC, Melbourne Laureate Professor and the Harold Mitchell Chair of Indigenous Eye Health at the University of Melbourne has been named President of the International Council of Ophthalmology.

Immune cell defenders protect us from bacteria invasion

An international team of researchers including University of Melbourne staff has identified the exact biochemical key that awakes the body's immune cells and sends them into fight against bacteria and fungi.

Why is research important to you?

The University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences is running an essay competition, open to all MDHS students and researchers.

Launch of intercalated Doctor of Medicine/Master of Public Health

As the challenges of providing healthcare in resource-poor settings continue to mount, there is a growing need for medical doctors to be trained in the basics of public health and to play a role in developing effective policy solutions to public health programs.

Pause paunch and halt hair loss

A new discovery showing how hair growth activated fat tissue growth in the skin below the hair follicle could lead to the development of a cream to dissolve fat.

New joint China-Australia mental health centre launched

Collaborative research on mental health issues, from schizophrenia to disaster mental health, will be the focus of the new University of Melbourne-Peking University Centre for Psychiatric Research and Training, being launched in Beijing today.

How much sun is enough? New study to find the answers

Clinicians and medical researchers from The Royal Melbourne Hospital and the University of Melbourne have launched the Southern Hemisphere's largest vitamin D study for young women, Safe-D.

Applications are now open for 2014 veski innovation fellowships

veski is calling for applications for the 2014 round of innovation fellowships.

Childhood virus may increase type 1 diabetes risk

The most common cause of severe diarrhoea in children, the rotavirus infection, has been shown to accelerate the development of type 1 diabetes in mice, according to new University of Melbourne research.

Melbourne researchers recognised for excellence and leadership in science

Three University of Melbourne academics have been elected as fellows of the Australian Academy of Science in recognition of their role in advancing the sum of scientific knowledge.

University of Melbourne named Australian leader in Nature rankings

The University of Melbourne has held top spot in Australia for the third consecutive year in the world-leading science journal Nature’s latest rankings.

Last drinks: brain’s mechanism knows when to stop

Our brains are hardwired to stop us drinking more water than is healthy, according to a new brain imaging study led by the University of Melbourne and the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health.

Professor Patrick McGorry AO voted President-elect of the Schizophrenia International Research Society

Professor McGorry's research has covered all aspects of schizophrenia and has evolved to play an integral role in the growth of early psychosis and the development of safe, effective treatments for young people with emerging mental disorders.

The minimisation of restrictive practices in health and social care settings: an international agenda for transforming care

Professor Joy Duxbury, a leading mental health expert, will be delivering the Marian Barrett lecture on March 19.

New findings show link between diabetes and pancreatic cancer

Researchers from the University of Melbourne have shown that there is an association between pancreatic cancer and diabetes.

NDIS mastermind awarded Honorary Doctorate at University of Melbourne

Disability campaigner Mr Bruce Bonyhady AM awarded an honorary doctorate, the highest honour from the University of Melbourne.

Stroke survivors may lose month of healthy life for 15 minute delay in treatment

Every 15 minute delay in delivering a clot-busting drug after stroke robs survivors of about a month of disability-free life, according to a new study.

Young skin cancer survivors at risk of other cancers later

Young people who have been diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancer related to sun exposure, under the age of 25, face a higher risk of developing melanoma and other cancers later in life, a UK study has shown.

Inherited Alzheimer's damage greater decades before symptoms appear

The progression of Alzheimer's may slow once symptoms appear and do significant damage, according to a new study.

People more willing to disclose experience of mental health problems, survey finds

A new survey, led by Orygen Youth Health Research Centre in collaboration with the University of Melbourne, has found that people are more willing to disclose their experience of having a mental health problem and receiving treatment.

Brain development provides insights into adolescent depression

A new study led by the University of Melbourne and Orygen Youth Health Research Centre is the first to discover that the brain develops differently in adolescents who experience depression.

Multiple sclerosis under the spotlight

Three researchers working at the University of Melbourne and the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health are receiving vital funding for research into multiple sclerosis, thanks to MS Research Australia.

Improving our understanding of Borderline Personality Disorder in young people

Sarah-Ann Tay, PhD candidate at the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, hopes her research will improve understanding of the obstacles faced by young people with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Earlier this year she presented her findings at the XIII International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders Congress in Copenhagen.