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`Chair disease` ups injury and illness risk in office

`Chair disease` ups injury and illness risk in office Melbourne, August 31 : Workers who compensate for spending hours in front of a computer screen by using ergonomic chairs, standing desks and good posture are still likely to suffer from back, neck, wrist and shoulder injuries, along with increasing their risk of suffering from heart disease, obesity and diabetes, doctors have warned.

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'Lifestyle diseases growing in developing world'

'Lifestyle diseases growing in developing world'Sydney, Aug 30 - 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 outpacing those of the developed countries, according to an Australian study.

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New antibody shows promising results in spinal cord injury

New antibody shows promising results in spinal cord injurySydney, Aug 30 - A new antibody has shown promising results in reversing the damage caused by injury to the spinal cord, according to new research.

The body produces an inflammatory response after a spinal cord injury that often leads to scarring and permanent nerve damage. There are currently no treatment options.

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Need a brain boost? Try wearing ''smart'' clothes

Need a brain boost? Try wearing ''smart'' clothesSydney, August 28 : A study has found that people who wore white lab coats made half as many mistakes on attention-related tasks as those wearing their regular clothes.

Hajo Adam, a visiting assistant professor at Northwestern University, along with colleague Adam Galinsky, published the study this year.

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Now, smartphone case that helps reduce cancer risk

Now, smartphone case that helps reduce cancer riskMelbourne, August 26 : A new smartphone case, which has been made of the same material as a NASA spacecraft, claims to reduce antenna radiation and cancer risks.

Although it''s still unclear as to exactly how bad the problem of cellphone radiation is, the WHO has already reclassified it as "potentially carcinogenic for humans."

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Bosses can no longer sack workers for drug and alcohol use

Bosses can no longer sack workers for drug and alcohol useMelbourne, August 22 : Bosses may breach anti-discrimination laws if they sack workers for alcohol or drug use - and this may include smokers, they have been warned.

The latest legal advice to Queensland and NSW small business has raised concerns that the warnings may also apply to smokers.

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Oz mum of 10 expecting quintuplets

Oz mum of 10 expecting quintupletsMelbourne, August 21 : A 48-year-old woman in Melbourne, who already has 10 children, is due to give birth to quintuplets.

The woman, who is in her 29th week of pregnancy, conceived the five babies without the help of IVF, the Seven Network reported.

Doctors say the chances of conceiving quintuplets naturally is about one in 55 million.

Obstetrician Dr Len Kilman said conceiving a multiple pregnancy naturally over the age of 45 is rare.

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Hepatitis C vaccine undergoing trials

Hepatitis C vaccine undergoing trialsSydney, Aug 16 - Australian scientists have developed a vaccine for deadly Hepatitis C, which is undergoing trials. The disease affects 200 million people worldwide.

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Breakthrough to help block morphine addiction

Breakthrough to help block morphine addictionSydney, Aug 16 - In a major breakthrough, scientists have shown that it is possible to block addiction to morphine and heroin, while boosting relief from pain.

A team from the universities of Adelaide (Australia) and Colorado (US) has discovered the key mechanism in our immune system that amplifies addiction to opioids, which have pain-killing effects.

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Working dads want more free time for themselves

 Working dads want more free time for themselvesMelbourne, Aug 12 : Working dads want to spend less time at work and more time socialising, while working mums want fewer hours so they can care for their children, a new survey has revealed.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics Gender Indicators report reveals the divide, which experts say highlights a continuing "social legacy" of dividing up unpaid work along gender lines.

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Now, app that alerts you of sun’s damage done to skin

Now, app that alerts you of sun’s damage done to skinMelbourne, Aug 12 : The Queensland Government in Australia has created a new application that shows how a lack of sun safety today, even in winter, can show up on your face in the future.

The free iPhone app Sun Effects Booth highlights the potential ageing and damage done to your skin.

The app asks a series of questions about how you protect yourself in the sun, including choice of hat, sunscreen and sunglasses, the Courier Mail reported.

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Long-term heavy marijuana use could damage brain

Long-term heavy marijuana use could damage brainMelbourne, August 9 : Persistent heavy marijuana use damages the brain’s memory and learning capacity, Australian scientists have proved.

They also showed for the first time the earlier people developed their cannabis habit, the worse the damage.

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Shun junk food for improving kid's IQ

Shun junk food for improving kid's IQSydney, Aug 8 : Babies and infants fed junk food may have a slightly reduced IQ, while those going in for healthy diets have a slightly higher IQ, says a study.

The study, led by University of Adelaide Public Health researcher Lisa Smithers, looked at the link between the eating habits of children at six months, 15 months and two years, and their IQ at eight years of age.

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Schizophrenic brain tries to heal itself

Schizophrenic brain tries to heal itselfSydney, Aug 6 - Brains of people who suffer from schizophrenia may attempt to repair damage caused by the disease, suggesting an adult brain's capacity to change and grow.

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Honest people stay healthier and happier

Honest people stay healthier and happierSydney, August 6 : Being honest may actually improve your health suggests a study that found that telling fewer lies benefits people physically and mentally.

For this `honesty experiment', research from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, studied 110 individuals aged 18 to 71 over a 10-week period.

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Twin viruses linked to prostate cancer

Twin viruses linked to prostate cancerSydney, Aug 3 - Two common viruses linked to human cancers are both present and may even be collaborating with each other in most male prostate cancers.

A new research has revealed that both the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) are present in more than half of prostate cancers found in men, as well as in a high proportion of benign and normal prostate samples.

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Infrared light heals vision damaged by Parkisnon's

Infrared light heals vision damaged by Parkisnon'sSydney, Aug 3 : A non-invasive treatment with a soft infra-red light can protect and heal the damage to the human retina in Parkinson's disease, says a study.

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Electronic nose helps locate deadly tumour

Electronic nose helps locate deadly tumourSydney, Aug 2 - Researchers have designed an electronic nose to help diagnose malignant mesothelioma (cancerous tumour) early on, with a breath test.

Malignant mesothelioma is an uncommon, usually fatal, cancerous tumour of the lining of the lung and chest cavity or lining of the abdomen (peritoneum) caused by long-term asbestos exposure.

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Ineffective shots spur rise in whooping cough

Ineffective shots spur rise in whooping coughSydney, Aug 2 - Ineffective vaccines may be behind the resurgence of whooping cough in babies, characterised by flu-like symptoms such as a blocked or runny nose, sneezing, mild fever and mild cough, says a study.

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Drug boosts body's receptivity to Vitamin D

Drug boosts body's receptivity to Vitamin DSydney, July 31 - Patients taking interferon-beta, a drug for multiple sclerosis (MS), received almost three times as much vitamin D from sun exposure than those not taking the treatment, say new findings.

MS is an autoimmune disease that damages the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system). There is currently no cure, but treatments are available to ease some of the symptoms.

MS is caused by damage to the myelin sheath that protects nerve cells.

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TV addiction boosts diabetes risk among elderly

TV addiction boosts diabetes risk among elderlySydney, July 31 - Being glued to TV for four hours daily could boost the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, especially if you are aged 60 or above.

The study, led by Paul Gardiner from The University of Queensland School of Population Health, was one of the first to examine the effects of sedentary behaviour and TV watching on older men and women.

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`Functional cure` for AIDS down the pipeline

`Functional cure` for AIDS down the pipelineSydney, July 28 : New studies have given researchers renewed hope that a cure for AIDS may be possible.

None of the strategies are easy, proved, or ready. But all involve procedures or drugs already in use and able to be deployed widely if further research bears out the early findings.

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31 pc smokers wreck other people’s quitting attempts

31 pc smokers wreck other people’s quitting attemptsMelbourne, July 27 : One in three smokers admitted sabotaging another person’s attempt to quit in a study by a pharmaceutical company.

The reasons to wreck other people’s quitting attempts include jealousy, guilt about their own habit and wanting a smoking “buddy”.

Pfizer collected data from 6,300 current and former smokers and found that 31 per cent of smokers admit being saboteurs.

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Dementia can drain words of meaning

Dementia can drain words of meaningSydney, July 27 - Dementia can impair one's ability to recognise words describing feelings such as 'thrilled' and 'annoyed', according to the latest research.

Sharpley Hsieh and colleagues from Neuroscience Research Australia (NRA) explored how people with different types of dementia comprehend words describing sentiments such as 'doubt' and 'hopeful'.

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Alcohol can triple original dose of medicine

Alcohol can triple original dose of medicineSydney, July 27 - Always avoid alcohol while taking certain medicines because it actually triples the original dose, warn researchers.

Lab experiments have demonstrated how alcohol made several drugs up to three times more available to the body, effectively tripling the original dose, said Christel Bergstrom, associate professor of pharmacology at Monash University, who led the study.

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