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Australians still trivialise and excuse violence against women

A national has survey has found that there has been little evolution in community attitudes towards violence against women in the past two decades.

New genetic identification techniques shed light on causes of developmental delay and autism

Professor Ingrid Scheffer has co-authored an international study describing how genetics could be used to develop targeted therapies for autism and developmental delay.

University of Melbourne students lead American-Australian Fellowships

The University of Melbourne leads the country in awards from the American Australian Association Education Fund Fellowships, with two MDHS students selected.

Three things you need to know about drug overdoses

In Australia, the rate of death from drug overdose is higher than the road toll. Increasingly, prescription opioids, not illicit drugs, are the problem.

Doherty Institute aiming to lead the global research effort against infectious diseases

The Doherty Institute launched today in Melbourne, boosting Australia´s capacity to play a lead role in the global response to known and emerging infectious diseases.

Thousand-year history of Australian climate, science leadership and immune system research bring home Eureka prizes

Professor Philip Hodgkin's B-cell team at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute has won the University of New South Wales Eureka Prize for Scientific Research

Working during depression can offer health benefits to employees

Cross-institutional research from the University of Melbourne and the University of Tasmania has found that staying involved in work may help employees better manage a depressive illness.

Bridging the gap in the control of infectious diseases

Professor Sharon Lewin, inaugural Director of the Doherty Institute, discusses the role that the Institute will play in establishing and maintaining global health.

Don’t panic, we need a clear head to respond to crystal meth

The Burnet Institute's Brendan Quinn argues that a targeted response to only 2% crystal meth usage may be more effective than population-wide social marketing campaigns.

Nutrient Combination Super Pill to treat depression

A new study is seeking adults in Victoria and South Eastern Queensland who are non-responsive to ongoing antidepressant treatment.

Spots that tell a tale

University of Melbourne researchers have found that the link between moles and deadly melanoma may be even stronger than previously thought.

Older Australians going online for better dental health

A new web-based oral health education program developed by University of Melbourne researchers is helping older Australians retain their natural teeth.

RMH breast cancer researcher recognised for clinical excellence

Professor Michael Green, of the Department of Haematology and Medical Oncology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, has been awarded the Alan Coates award for excellence in breast cancer clinical trials research.

Governor of Victoria tours new buildings in Parkville Precinct

Governor of Victoria, the Honourable Alex Chernov AC QC, and his wife Elizabeth, toured the Parkville Precinct.

Brains, minds and bodies

The Florey's Dr Anthony Hannan unpacks the growing body of research linking dementia with cynicism.

NHMRC awards leading University of Melbourne researchers

University of Melbourne researchers in youth suicide prevention, cancer research, and disease prevention have received prestigious National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Grants.

A vision for preventing blindness in Indigenous communities

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults face blindness rates far higher than non-Indigenous Australians. Professor Hugh Taylor, director of the Indigenous Eye Health Unit, explains that with treatment, 94 per cent of cases could be resolved.

2014 Victoria Fellowship recipients

Researchers from the Florey and Burnet Institutes have been awarded Victoria Fellowships for 2014.

Florey researcher awarded prestigious Victoria Prize

Professor Ashley Bush, Director of the Oxidation Biology Unit at The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, has been awarded the 2014 Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation.

Abortions don’t cause cancer any more than parties do

Dr Louise Keogh deconstructs the purported link between abortion and breast cancer and finds serious flaws in the research's methodology.

Plain packs don’t drive smokers to buy cheap imports

Professor Rob Moodie, of the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, interviewed on the effects of plain packaging on smokers.

Chiropractic care in pregnancy and childhood – a castle built on a swamp

Pain specialist Dr Michael Vagg discusses the Webster Technique, a controversial chiropractic technique used in pregnancy to help optimize the mother's pelvic function

Five things parents can do to help young people escape ice

Ice or crystal methamphetamine is becoming a problem in both rural and urban communities across Australia. There’s growing concern about the effects of ice addiction, crime, and violence, and people are at a loss for answers.

An unproductive story of reproductive success and PMS

Dr Cordelia Fine offers a critique on new research, which suggests premenstrual syndrome (PMS) developed in our primitive ancestors to drive away infertile male partners.

Donation to champion a new era for advances in melanoma and skin cancers

Research into melanoma and skin cancers will be further advanced through a generous $5 million gift from donor Pamela Galli in honour of her husband, Lorenzo, who died of melanoma.

The hype, hope and reality of medical tourism

This week Visions asks: Is medical tourism all that it appears? Many Australians are heading overseas seeking experimental treatments that are not yet approved here, including potentially risky stem cell treatments for diseases as varied as cancers, MS and Parkinsons.

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.

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.

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.

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.