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Major diseases can be caused by depression

11 September, 2019

Researchers have found a causal relationship between depression and 20 distinct diseases, including asthma, coronary heart disease, high cholesterol, oesophagitis, gastroenteritis, E. coli infections and urinary system disorders.

Preventing the spread of pancreatic cancer

09 September, 2019

Two separate studies have uncovered explanations for why pancreatic cancers are so difficult to contain — and suggested innovative new methods to combat this.

Link found between MHT and breast cancer risk

03 September, 2019 by Lauren Davis

Using menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, and some increased risk persists for more than a decade after use stops.

Osteoporosis drugs decrease premature mortality risk

29 August, 2019

Nitrogen-bisphosphonates — drugs commonly prescribed for osteoporosis — reduced the risk of premature mortality by 34% in a cohort of over 6000 individuals.

Tumour-agnostic cancer treatment now available in Aus

06 August, 2019

A medicine to treat cancer based on the genetic profile of the tumour, rather than tumour type or location, has now been registered on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods.

Testosterone may be beneficial in postmenopausal women

01 August, 2019

Although best known as a male hormone, testosterone is important for female health and wellbeing, contributing to libido and pleasure as well as helping to maintain normal metabolic function.

Anorexia redefined as both metabolic and psychiatric

19 July, 2019

A large-scale genome-wide association study suggests that anorexia nervosa is at least partly a metabolic disorder, and not purely psychiatric as previously thought.

Vitamin D, fibre important for pre-eclampsia prevention

18 July, 2019

Simple dietary changes and more sunshine may be able to help women prevent pre-eclampsia, which can threaten the life and future health of both expectant mothers and their offspring.

Achieving a greater understanding of autism

10 July, 2019

Scientists have made a breakthrough in their understanding of the genetics of a common form of syndromic autism, while others are calling for the term "high-functioning autism" to be consigned to history.

Treating obesity and diabetes by tricking the brain

09 July, 2019

Professor Lora Heisler has revealed a way to harness the target of the brain chemical serotonin to combat the obesity (and related diabetes) epidemic.

Low vitamin D at birth raises risk of high blood pressure

08 July, 2019

Vitamin D deficiency from birth to early childhood is associated with an increased risk of elevated blood pressure in later childhood and adolescence.

Adolescence a critical period for schizophrenia patients

27 June, 2019

Researchers have discovered that the development of the hippocampus is severely impacted in adolescence following the onset of the first psychotic symptoms.

Melbourne researchers on the cusp of treating MND

19 June, 2019 by Lauren Davis

Melbourne-based scientists are trialling what could potentially be the most effective treatment for motor neurone disease developed so far.

Safer treatment for leukaemia discovered

11 June, 2019

By refining a therapeutic avenue that was previously abandoned because of its severe side effects, researchers came up with a targeted approach that is both effective and safe.

'Undetectable = untransmittable' holds up in HIV study

08 May, 2019

Researchers have shown that suppressive antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV reduces the virus load down to undetectable levels, meaning the virus is no longer transmissible.

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