university of melbourne

‘Lifestyle diseases growing in developing world’


August 30th, 2012 - 2:39 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Aug 30 (IANS) Lifestyle diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes are no longer a problem just in wealthy nations -- their rates in low-to-middle income countries are ... Read more...

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Scientists challenge Big Bang theory


August 21st, 2012 - 1:01 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Aug 21 (IANS) The beginning of the universe should not be ascribed to the Big Bang. It was more like water freezing into ice, say theoretical physicists from the ... Read more...

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Speech patterns reveal depression levels


August 20th, 2012 - 12:29 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Aug 20 (IANS) Speech patterns can reveal the severity of depression as well as a patient's response to treatment, suggests a new study.The study, the largest of its kind ... Read more...

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Leisurely sea diving hurt dinos


August 17th, 2012 - 2:58 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Aug 17 (IANS) Dinosaur-like creatures may have scarred themselves during leisurely deep-sea diving and not from resurfacing too quickly, as previously believed.A recent study identified bone deformities on the ... Read more...

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Scientists simulate common cold virus in 3D for better drugs


July 17th, 2012 - 12:58 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, July 17 (IANS) Researchers are simulating the motion of the complete human rhinovirus causing the common cold, in 3D, with the help of a supercomputer, paving the way for ... Read more...

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Chicken vaccines mutate into new virus


July 16th, 2012 - 11:54 am ICT by IANS
Sydney, July 16 (IANS) Two different vaccine viruses, used simultaneously to control an acute respiratory disease occurring in chickens, have combined to produce new infectious viruses, says new research.The vaccines ... Read more...

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Reduced sea ice, warming elevate Arctic temperatures


July 8th, 2012 - 1:17 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, July 8 (IANS) Melting sea ice and global warming are elevating Arctic temperatures up to four times faster than the global average, according to latest research.Ian Simmonds, professor from ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Epilepsy drugs trigger risk of fractures


July 1st, 2012 - 2:09 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, July 1 (IANS) People on anti-epileptic drugs are up to four times more likely to suffer spine, collar bone and ankle fractures than non-users of such drugs. John Wark, ... Read more...

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Distant storms can cause air turbulence mid flight


June 26th, 2012 - 1:18 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, June 26 (IANS) Distant storms even as far away as 100 km, could create sudden turbulence in mid flight and cause passenger injuries because of the refusal to wear ... Read more...

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Colourful birds evolve faster


May 14th, 2012 - 1:23 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, May 14 (IANS) Researchers have discovered that bird species with multiple plumage evolve into new species faster than those with only one colour form, confirming a 60-year-old evolution theory. ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Ants can smell out rivals


February 23rd, 2012 - 5:39 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Feb 23 (IANS) Weaver ants share a collective memory of odour of ants in rival nests, similar to how sports fans know one another instantly by their unique colours, ... Read more...

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Wikipedia top rated for mental health information


February 16th, 2012 - 3:21 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Feb 16 (IANS) Wikipedia is the most highly rated website for providing information on mental-health related topics, a study reveals.Researchers from the University of Melbourne assessed a range of ... Read more...

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Lynch syndrome’s mutated genes raise risk of cancers


February 15th, 2012 - 7:19 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Feb 15 (IANS) People with Lynch syndrome have an increased risk of colon, uterus, ovary, kidney, stomach, bowel and bladder cancers -- thanks to genetic mutation, reveals a research.Researchers ... Read more...

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White roofs cool buildings


January 30th, 2012 - 1:41 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Jan 30 (IANS) Building roofs painted white are able to deflect heat and cool them by three percent on hot days, a study says. "Reflective white paint on commercial ... Read more...

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Protein shows promise in treating smoker’s diseases


January 16th, 2012 - 6:25 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 16 (IANS) Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) caused by excessive smoking is characterized by blockage or narrowing of airways in the lungs. Researchers identified the protein SAA as ... Read more...

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Marathons could permanently damage heart: Study


December 7th, 2011 - 6:33 pm ICT by IANS
London, Dec 7 (IANS) Running marathons could permanently damage your heart, say scientists.High-endurance activities can lead to scarring of the right ventricle, increasing the risk of health complications, a study ... Read more...

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Sugary way to stave off heart disease


December 6th, 2011 - 1:26 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Dec 6 (IANS) Mary Poppins was right when she said that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down -- scientists have now stumbled upon a sugary way ... Read more...

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Spiders’ cobweb chemical repels invading ants


November 27th, 2011 - 2:23 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Nov 27 (IANS) Golden orb web spiders know how to protect their web silk from invading ants -- they just add a chemical to repel the latter. The properties ... Read more...

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Infectious bugs alter DNA to become resistant


November 14th, 2011 - 11:53 am ICT by IANS
Sydney, Nov 14 (IANS) The 'golden staph', a group of common infectious bugs inhabiting our skin surface, becomes resistant to antibiotics by just making a small change in its DNA, ... Read more...

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Back to square one after dieting? Blame your hormones


October 30th, 2011 - 3:01 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Oct 30 (IANS) Though following strict diets mostly brings down weight, over 80 percent of obese dieters fail to maintain their reduced weight. The reason? Hormonal changes.Worldwide, there are ... Read more...

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Link between heavy metal music, suicidal tendencies


October 25th, 2011 - 12:54 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Oct 25 (IANS) Youths repeatedly listening to heavy metal music might be suffering from suicidal tendencies, new research says.Youths at risk of depression are likely to seek respite in ... Read more...

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Modified shoes can ease pain in incurable osteoarthritis


October 24th, 2011 - 5:43 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Oct 24 (IANS) A modified shoe can reduce the load in people with knee osteoarthritis, especially during walking, compared to traditionally-designed athletic shoes, new research shows.Knee osteoarthritis causes pain, ... Read more...

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Peer pressure drives ’sexting’ among young


October 2nd, 2011 - 1:24 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Oct 2 (IANS) Peer pressure drives young men and women to share sexual images through mobile phones -- a new phenomenon described as 'sexting'."However, research regarding the issue is ... Read more...

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Earth’s birth: Inert gases provide clues


September 27th, 2011 - 12:42 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Sep 27 (IANS) Inert gases trapped inside Earth's interior provide clues into the processes responsible for its birth and the evolution of oceans and atmosphere, a new study says."Our ... Read more...

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Salt is addictive as cigarettes: Study


July 12th, 2011 - 9:53 pm ICT by IANS
London, July 12 (IANS) Salt is addictive in the same way as cigarettes or hard drugs, a study has found.The findings could help explain why many find it so hard ... Read more...

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Pretty websites more popular with surfers


July 12th, 2011 - 12:51 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, July 12 (IANS) Websites that are more appealing create a greater feeling of trustworthiness and professionalism among consumers.Despite a rash of online scams and malicious websites, internet consumers are ... Read more...

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New technique shows molecular-sized objects with greater clarity


July 4th, 2011 - 1:07 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, July 4 (IANS) Researchers can now see molecular-sized objects in greater detail by using the full colour spectrum of synchrotron light, providing unprecedented levels of imaging for medical research, ... Read more...

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Spiders particular about renovating damaged webs


June 2nd, 2011 - 1:26 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, June 2 (IANS) Spiderman performs incredible death defying leaps in reel life with the help of his web swinging skills to save lives in imminent danger. However, in real ... Read more...

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Scientists identify gene behind rare brain disorder


May 9th, 2011 - 1:33 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, May 9 (IANS) Scientist have identified the gene responsible for Kufs disease -- a rare but fatal hereditary brain disorder, usually identified in early adulthood. Kufs is activated by ... Read more...

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Tweaking antibody could lead to vaccine against HIV


May 8th, 2011 - 2:21 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, May 8 (IANS) The HIV virus is a "slippery customer" and always tries to evade the effect of human antibodies, say researchers who suggest that tweaking an antibody could ... Read more...

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Male docs 4 times likelier than female counterparts to misbehave


May 1st, 2011 - 5:15 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 1(ANI): A new study has found that male doctors are four times more likely than their female counterparts to be disciplined for misconduct, and sexual misconduct is the most common ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Coming soon: Cloned hair follicles to cure baldness!


May 1st, 2011 - 2:33 pm ICT by ANI
Sydney, May 1(ANI): In two years, you may have a new treatment for your hair loss.In what might become the most effective permanent treatment for baldness, several research teams around the world ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Menstruation ups knee injury risks, contraceptive pill protects


April 28th, 2011 - 2:57 pm ICT by ANI
Melbourne, Apr 28 (ANI): A new research has found that women's menstrual cycles can increase their risk of injuries, but those who take contraceptive pills are more likely to be protected from ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Childhood eczema ups adult allergic asthma risk nine fold


April 16th, 2011 - 1:10 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 16 (ANI): A new study has found that children who have eczema, particularly when occurring with hay fever, are nine times more likely to develop allergic asthma in their 40s.The ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Pot-bellied men run risk of going blind


April 3rd, 2011 - 6:09 pm ICT by IANS
London, April 3 (IANS) Piling on the fat in middle age could significantly raise a man's risk of blindness later in life. An expanding waistline puts men in danger of ... Read more...

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