Australian healthcare leaders’ advice on how to future-proof the healthcare system

Australia’s efforts to manage the pandemic response have been widely praised but it’s clear things shifted around the middle of the year, when our eastern states began a battle with the Delta variant. Meanwhile, the rest of Australia seemed to brace for its spread across the country. Around the same time (in late May this …

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Sepsis

New treatment for disease many Australians have never heard of

Acute respiratory distress syndrome is a disease that afflicts at least 18,000 Australians a year. The syndrome involves an overreaction in the body’s immune system, which causes permanent damage to tissues and organs within the body. Sadly, it takes more than 5,000 lives annually in this country. However, 40 percent of our population has never …

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Three generations

How human life expectancy doubled in just 100 years

Throughout human history, the average life expectancy has remained relatively constant, sitting at around 35 years of age. Despite the changes in living conditions, fluctuations from that number were rare. It was only in the 18th Century that this number started to rise with the onset of industrialisation and the Enlightenment. Since 1920, with the …

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Coffee

How much coffee is too much? Study reveals the effect of coffee on heart health

Over the past few hundred years, coffee has become the drink of choice for so many, becoming firmly entrenched in the daily routine in many cultures. In fact, throughout the world, an average of 3 billion cups of coffee are consumed every single day. One point of regular consternation among consumers is the effect of …

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Mood Disorders

World-first test charts link between brain proteins and mood disorders

Across the world, millions of people suffer from mood disorders. These include depression and bipolar disorder. Right now, treatments for these disorders range from antidepressant medication to lifestyle changes or alternative therapies. Researchers have now developed a ground-breaking test that accurately predicts the emergence of these disorders, by charting the presence of certain brain proteins. …

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Advancements in 3D bioprinting to deliver artificial tissues and organs

Merely a few years ago, 3D printing was seen as a futuristic technology that would take decades to advance. Fast-forward to 2021 and 3D printing has come a long way. In recent years, significant investment in research and development has allowed this technology to evolve into the area of 3D bioprinting. 3D bioprinting uses biological …

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Precision medicine set to shift focus from one-size-fits-all to personalised treatment

As medical technology and research advances, the possibility for new and improved treatments for a range of illnesses become available. This is the case for precision medicine. Precision medicine is an approach that looks specifically at the individual’s personal genetics and circumstances, and uses this information to chart a strategy towards the prevention of diseases …

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