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Couples advised to practice sex for 3-6 months before conception for healthier baby

Couples advised to practice sex for 3-6 months before conception for healthier babyMelbourne, November 27 : Couples planning a baby should have intercourse for three to six months before conception to increase their chances of producing a healthy baby, a University of Adelaide research has suggested.

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Helping dementia patients recall words

Helping dementia patients recall wordsSydney, Nov 27 : Dementia patients who fumble for words, trying to recall their usage, could now regain their word memory thanks to a new training programme.

This ability to re-learn vocabulary indicates that even in dementia, some recovery of function is possible, says a new study led by Sharon Savage at NeuRA (Neuroscience Research Australia).

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Grow a moustache to fight off skin cancer

Grow a moustache to fight off skin cancer	Melbourne, Nov. 24 : Researchers have found that moustaches and facial hair have benefits well beyond aesthetics, as they can reduce the risk of skin cancer.

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Nano particles protect brain from nerve disease

Nano particles protect brain from nerve diseaseSydney, Nov 23 : Nano particles could prevent the immune system from attack of multiple sclerosis (MS), a debilitating nerve disease diagnosed between 20 and 40 years, according to a finding.

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Big babies develop bigger brains

Big babies develop bigger brainsMelbourne, November 20 : Big babies have bigger brains but it doesn't make them smarter as they grow into children and teenagers, Norwegian researchers say.

A new study investigated 628 healthy US children and adolescents to compare individuals' birth weight with brain structure, area, and volume, the Daily Telegraph reported.

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Bio-ink makes printing live tissues possible

Bio-ink makes printing live tissues possibleSydney, Nov 19 - Australian scientists have edged closer to printing live tissue replacements into 3D structures for diseased or damaged body parts using inkjet printers, thanks to the development of specialised bio-ink.

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Sex `top sleeping aid for men`

Sex `top sleeping aid for men`Melbourne, November 17 : More men are turning to sex as the number one way to help them get to sleep at night.

A survey of over 1000 people in Australia reveal more blokes turn to love-making as a sleeping aid rather than remedies such as herbal tea, a glass of warm milk or a hot bath, News. com. au reported.

But when it comes to women, it seems sex isn''t as high on the agenda.

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How wild sex past could turn deadly decades later

How wild sex past could turn deadly decades laterMelbourne, November 7 : The sexual revolution of the 1960s and 1970s could be behind a spike in cases of cancer of the tonsils and tongue, a specialist from Brisbane has said.

Head and neck specialists, radiologists and other clinical experts came together at a recent health conference at Brisbane's Princess Alexandra Hospital to discuss the rise in those caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) infection.

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Mum’s age at menopause could offer clue to woman’s fertility

Mum’s age at menopause could offer clue to woman’s fertilityMelbourne, Nov 7 : A woman's potential fertility can be predicted from the age her mother went through the menopause, a study has revealed.

Ovarian reserve - the number of eggs a woman has left in her ovaries - was found to decline faster in women whose mothers had an early menopause, News. com. au reported.

The findings suggest a woman's fertility is, to some extent, inherited from her mother.

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How to beat insomnia for good without pills

How to beat insomnia for good without pillsMelbourne, November 5 : Poor sleep, which can make a misery for those who suffer from it, can be overcome by following a simple set of tips, experts have claimed.

Evidence shows that insomniacs report low energy levels, mood swings, less productivity at work, relationship difficulties, and persistent poor sleep can even increase the risk of developing conditions including diabetes, depression, high blood pressure and strokes.

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Gen X fatter than baby boomers in Australia

Gen X fatter than baby boomers in AustraliaSydney, Nov 2 : Australian researchers have found that generation X in that country is fatter than its baby boomer predecessors, who until now had the highest level of obesity of any age group.

University of Adelaide doctoral student Rhiannon Pilkington conducted the studies that threw up alarming statistics.

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New malaria drugs `may spur war on all diseases`

New malaria drugs `may spur war on all diseases`Melbourne, November 1 : The search for new medicines to beat malaria could spur developments in the fight against other diseases, researchers have claimed.

"Malaria could be the tide that lifts all the boats," the Daily Telegraph quoted Dr Alan Magill, director of the malaria program for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, as saying.

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India top destination for Aussies to fulfill surrogate baby dreams: Survey

India top destination for Aussies to fulfill surrogate baby dreams: SurveySydney, Oct 29 : Hundreds of Australians are flocking to India for commercial surrogacy, closely followed by Thailand and the United States, rather than opting for a legal arrangement in Australia which bans compensating surrogates.

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Cannabis spray `may help cancer patients cope with pain`

Cannabis spray `may help cancer patients cope with pain`Melbourne, October 29 : Researchers have found evidence for the medicinal use of cannabis in people with cancer and multiple sclerosis.

Australian doctors are testing a cannabis mouth spray called Sativex in cancer patients with pain that does not respond well to traditional painkillers such as morphine.

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Shark brains `similar to humans`

Shark brains `similar to humans`Melbourne, October 29 : Researchers have found that shark brains share several features with human brains, which could help them work on a shark repellent.

Scientists at the University of Western Australia (UWA) say sharks and other cartilaginous fish have highly developed sensory systems and relatively large brains.

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Oz women all set for world record attempt of largest mums-to-be gathering

Oz women all set for world record attempt of largest mums-to-be gatheringMelbourne, October 29 : A hospital in Australia aims to break the world record for the largest gathering of mums-to-be on November 4.

The current Guiness World Record title has been held by South Africa since 2007, when 1164 expectant mothers attended a baby expo in Johannesburg.

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Breastfeeding may help stave off diabetes

Breastfeeding may help stave off diabetes Melbourne, October 26 : Women who breastfeed their children are less likely to develop diabetes in later life, according to a new study from The Sax Institute.

The "surprising" finding has been made in a five-year study- titled "45 And Up" - examining the health of people in NSW aged 45 and over.

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Breast tissue successfully regrown on Oz woman post cancer operation

Melbourne, Oct 26 : Surgeons in Australia have partially succeeded in regrowing breast tissue using a patient's own fat cells in one of the five women involved in a pilot trial after cancer surgery.

The surgeons implanted each woman with an acrylic breast-shaped chamber, into which they redirected blood vessels attached with the patient's fat cells from under her arm, the Age reported.

The technique, called Neopec, has been tested on five women over the past 18 months in the hope that it could help them regrow breasts after a mastectomy, as an alternative to silicone implants.

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Prolonged video games robs you of sleep

Prolonged video games robs you of sleepSydney, Oct 19 : Teenagers wanting a good night's rest should avoid prolonged video gaming, says a new study.

The study - conducted by masters student Daniel King at the Flinder's University Sleep Lab - found that long hours of video gaming immediately before bed caused significant sleep disruptions in a group of teenage boys.

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Vaccinated cows’ milk protects against HIV

Vaccinated cows’ milk protects against HIV Melbourne, October 17 : Researchers have developed cows' milk that can defend human cells against HIV.

The next stage for these Melbourne researchers is to test the effectiveness and safety of the milk before making it into a cream which will hopefully allow women to protect themselves against contracting the virus during sex, without relying on men.

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Scientists find link between rheumatoid arthritis and dental health

Scientists find link between rheumatoid arthritis and dental healthSydney, Oct 17 - Rheumatoid arthritis patients are more likely to suffer tooth loss due to periodontal disease, which manifests as sore and inflamed gums which weaken the bone and tissues supporting the teeth.

Rheumatoid arthritis causes the immune system to attack healthy tissue in the joints, leading to inflammation and loss of bone and cartilage. This results in a painful condition which impacts normal joint function.

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Gum disease may trigger severe arthritis

Gum disease may trigger severe arthritisMelbourne, October 16 : A new research at the University of Adelaide has revealed strong evidence of a link between a common type of gum disease and severe arthritis.

The research found mice with gum disease developed significantly worse arthritis than those without the disease, said PhD student Melissa Cantley from the university''s School of Medical Science.

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Fruit and vegetable pulp may help prevent cancer

Fruit and vegetable pulp may help prevent cancerMelbourne, October 16 : A University of Queensland scientist has discovered that much of the antioxidant compounds in fruits and vegetables are actually attached to the fibre in the pulpy parts of these foods.

Fibre has long been known to clean the bowel but Anneline Padayachee of University of Queensland has revealed that it also delivers cleansing antioxidants to the colon.

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Dietary fibre's cancer-fighting role uncovered

Dietary fibre's cancer-fighting role uncoveredSydney, Oct 15 : Dietary fibre not only protects our intestines but also insulates it from cancer by transporting antioxidants to the large intestine, says new research.

Fibre binds up to 80 percent of cancer-inhibiting antioxidant polyphenols in fruit and vegetables, thereby protecting the antioxidants from early digestion in the stomach and small intestine, the study found.

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Reducing sperm’s swimming ability could be key to male contraceptive pill

spermSydney, October 7 : Australian researchers may have come closer to developing a male contraceptive pill.

They have discovered a way to cut off the fuel supply to the “motor” that drives human sperm, greatly reducing their swimming ability and opening a new avenue to developing a male pill.

The finding also throws new light on the little-understood reasons for infertility in men, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

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