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Obesity linked to increasing pregnancy deaths

Obesity linked to increasing pregnancy deathsMelbourne, Dec 21 - A new study ahs suggested that rising obesity is leading to more deaths of pregnant women and an increase in birth defects.

According to Associate Professor Rebecca Kimble, data from the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital shows a rising trend in overweight or obese pregnant women.

The analytical data suggested that between 2008 and 2012, a quarter of pregnant women at the hospital were overweight and another 20 percent were obese.

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Key to preventing dementia: Mediterranean diet

Key to preventing dementia: Mediterranean dietMelbourne, Dec. 9 - UK scientists have found that the Mediterranean diet, which includes fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, fish and olive oil, could help in reducing the risk of developing dementia later in life.

Scientists at the University of Exeter's Medical School found that the diet could boost cognitive function, reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and even cancer.

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Amphetamines linked to high HIV risk

Amphetamines linked to high HIV riskMelbourne, Dec 05 - People who injected amphetamines were more at risk of contracting HIV or other blood-borne viruses, a new study has revealed that.

The study by the Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD) in co-operation with the Asia-Pacific Drugs and Development Issues Committee found users of amphetamine-type stimulants faced multiple HIV risks, News. com. au reported.

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Soon, 'biopen' that will help draw new bones to repair damaged ones

biopenMelbourne, Dec. 5 - Scientists are developing a 'biopen' that contains stem cells and growth factors, to repair damaged and diseased bone.

The device could be ready for trials in human patients in the next five years.

The 'biopen' works similar to 3D printing to create new tissue, combining cells mixed in a seaweed extract and coated in a protective gel, News. com. au reported.

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Want to stay slim? Stop worrying about eating cakes

Want to stay slim? Stop worrying about eating cakes Melbourne, Dec 02 - Next time when you eat your favourite chocolate cake, make sure you feel good about it and enjoy every bit of it, as psychologists have found people who see treats as something to celebrate are much more likely to stay slim.

However, chocolate eaters who find themselves wracked with guilt afterwards are inclined to pile on the pounds, News. com. au reported.

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Simple urine test can help diagnose 'aggressive bladder cancer'

urine testMelbourne, Dec 01 - A new study has revealed that a simple urine test could distinguish between aggressive and low-grade bladder cancers, thus helping doctors to tailor and speed up their treatment.

Researchers from the University of Birmingham measured levels of a protein shed by bladder tumours in 600 patients and found that higher amounts of the protein, EpCAM, in the urine were associated with more aggressive cancers, News. com. au reported.

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Aussie biologist believes stem cell cures may end dreadful illnesses

Aussie biologist believes stem cell cures may end dreadful illnessesMelbourne, November 30 : An Australian scientist has revealed that stem cell cures may be the solution to some of the most dreadful illnesses.

Professor Alan Trounson said that stem-cell cures for inherited blood disorders and HIV/AIDS are close to completion and added that several promising clinical trials are taking place, News. com. au reported.

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Offsprings of fat fathers or grandfathers more likely to be overweight

overweightMelbourne, Nov 28 : A new study has revealed that children are more likely to have weight problems if their fathers are overweight at conception.

The research by University of NSW Professor Margaret Morris suggested that men planning to start a family need to shed those extra pounds three months before the conception date if they want to avoid fathering fat children, the Daily Telegraph reported.

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Meet the US man who sold his testicle to buy Nissan car

Meet the US man who sold his testicle to buy Nissan carMelbourne, Nov. 26 - In order to buy his dream car - a Nissan 370, an American man has sold one of his testicles to pay for the car.

During CBS's ' The Doctors' show, Mark Parisi announced that he is willing to give his testicle to medical science for 35,000 dollars so he can buy a new Nissan, News. com. au reported.

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Yoga may not be that beneficial after all!

Yoga may not be that beneficial after all!Melbourne, Nov 5 - It may come as a surprise to you, but yoga may not be very beneficial for you, a new study suggests.

While many will rattle off the benefits of this ancient practice - such as calming, healing, strengthening and enhancing moods - it seems yoga can have a dark and unhealthy side as well, News. com. au reported.

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One in four men fake 'I Love You' during sex

One in four men fake 'I Love You' during sexMelbourne, Nov 4 - A new study has found that men are more likely to fake an " I love you" during sex.

The study revealed that 25.4 percent or a quarter of blokes lying about their affections in the heat of the moment, as opposed to just 6.1 percent of women.

The new survey by The Sunday Telegraph has peeked behind Australian bedroom doors and the results are certainly revealing.

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More men undergoing cosmetic surgery to enhance work opportunities

More men undergoing cosmetic surgery to enhance work opportunitiesMelbourne, Oct. 25 - Men are increasing going under knife so as to increase their work opportunities, a researcher has said.

Dr Russell Knudsen, past president of the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery , said that men want to look youthful for employment opportunities or to remain at the top of their field.

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Australia's bushfires prompt health warnings

Australia's bushfires prompt health warningsSydney, Oct 18 - People with heart and lungs diseases need to be cautious as bushfires deteriorated air quality in many parts of Australia's New South Wales (NSW), government officials warned Friday.

Those with lungs and heart diseases should closely monitor their symptoms as smoke particles can travel long distances from the source, said Wayne Smith, director environmental health branch of NSW.

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Avoid bacon and gorge on fish for better sperm count!

Avoid bacon and gorge on fish for better sperm count!Sydney, Oct. 15 : A new study has revealed that men should pass on bacon and other processed meats, and consume more fish to have a better chance at starting a family, since the latter improves the sperm count.

For the Harvard University study, researchers questioned 156 men, who were having trouble conceiving a baby with their partners, regarding their diet and the size and shape of their sperm, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

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Potential new treatment for triple-negative breast cancer discovered

Potential new treatment for triple-negative breast cancer discovered Melbourne, Oct 15 - Australian researchers have identified a new method to treat ' triple-negative' breast cancer, which is an aggressive disease that mainly affects younger women.

The treatment, which is based on two drugs that are already in use, is currently being tested on mice, but human trials are expected to start soon, News. com. au reported.

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Peanut butter can help save millions of malnourished kids

Peanut butter can help save millions of malnourished kidsMelbourne, Oct 13 - Peanut butter has the potential to save lives of severely malnourished children every year, a new study has revealed.

While working in a Malawi village in 1999, Pediatrician Dr Mark Manary found that peanut butter, which is full of vitamins and nutrients, can be a solution to save millions, News. com. au reported.

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Smoking reduces your lifespan by 10 years

Smoking reduces your lifespan by 10 yearsMelbourne, Oct 11 : A new study has revealed that smokers die ten years early than non-smokers.

The first ever long-term Australian study suggested that even light smokers, who consume ten or fewer cigarettes a day, are at double the risk of dying, News. com. au reported.

The study of the 200,000 Australians aged over 45 by Sax Institute found that two thirds of deaths in current smokers can be directly attributed to smoking.

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Too much onscreen violence turning teens aggressive

Too much onscreen violence turning teens aggressiveSydney, Oct 5 - A new study suggests that heavy exposure to screen violence in adolescence is changing the development of young people's brains, which is leading to increased aggression and reckless behaviour and decreased empathy.

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Centipede venom promises to be good painkiller

Centipede venom promises to be good painkillerSydney, Oct 3 - In a pathbreaking effort, Australian and Chinese researchers have successfully isolated a molecule in centipede venom that reportedly has the potential and potency to be developed into a painkiller as powerful as morphine.

The findings were published this week in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Xinhua reported.

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Australian musicians suffer from pain, anxiety: study

Australian musicians suffer from pain, anxiety: studySydney, Oct 2 : Most of Australia's classical musicians are suffering from performance-related physical pain, anxiety and depression, according to a study released Wednesday by the University of Sydney.

The university research surveyed 377 professional musicians from eight state and opera orchestras and found that 84 percent of them have experienced pain severe enough to impair their performance, Xinhua reported.

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Alzheimer’s can now be diagnosed 15 years before symptoms strike

Alzheimer’s can now be diagnosed 15 years before symptoms strike Melbourne, Mar 8 : Researchers from Melbourne have made a major breakthrough in diagnosing Alzheimer's 15 years before symptoms strike, offering hope of avoiding dementia.

The discovery gives drug companies a target to aim for as they search for a cure to Alzheimer's.

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Anti-ageing superdrug could help prevent cancer and Alzheimer’s

 Anti-ageing superdrug could help prevent cancer and Alzheimer’s Melbourne, Mar 8 : An Australian scientist believes he has invented a new class of superdrug that could prevent cancer and Alzheimer's disease.

What's more, Professor David Sinclair said that his drugs have the potential to help some people enjoy a healthy life until the age of 150. However, this needs further research.

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Grief could soon be branded a `mental illness`

Grief could soon be branded a `mental illness`Melbourne, Feb 23 : The grieving process could be branded a medical condition if a mourner feels sad for more than two weeks and consults a GP, psychiatrists have claimed.

At present, mourners can feel sad for two months before being told they have a mental disorder, Professor Dale Larson said. Decades ago, a diagnosis could be made after a year.

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Sitting down heightens chronic disease risk: Study

Sitting down heightens chronic disease risk: StudySydney, Feb 22 : Sitting for more than four hours daily makes people vulnerable to diabetes and hypertension, says a new study.

Emma George from the University of Western Sydney (UWS) School of Science and Health conducted the study with Gregory Kolt, dean, science and health at UWS and Richard Rosenkranz from Kansas State University (US) involving 63,048 men aged between 45 and 64 years.

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Skin cells `key to beating blindness`

Skin cells `key to beating blindness`Melbourne, Feb 18 : A team of scientists from Australia are turning human skin cells into eye cells by using stem cell research to find a way to treat a common but incurable form of blindness.

According to figures, age-related macular degeneration that results from dying retinal cells, affects one in seven older Australians and costs the 5.15 billion dollars a year.

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