Australian scientists closer to creating HIV vaccine

Australian scientists closer to creating HIV vaccine Canberra, Nov 21 : Australian scientists have taken a step in the "right direction" to creating a vaccine for the deadly HIV virus.

Researchers from South Australia's University of Adelaide and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital have used a common cold virus to introduce their DNA-based vaccine into the immune system of laboratory mice, Xinhua news agency reported.


Australia to spend $394 mn on diabetic care

Canberra, March 31 - Australia will spend over 430 million Australian dollars ($394 million) for a new diabetic care programme, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said here Wednesday.

Unveiling the government's plans to reform the health system, Rudd said hospitals will struggle to treat around two million diabetics over the next decade if there is no alternative plan.

The new programme expected to take off by 2012-13 will help diabetics manage their health and keep them out of hospital.


Foreign wives in Taiwan suffer from low mental and physical health

Canberra, July 18 : A new study has found that foreign wives in Taiwan often suffer low mental and physical health, and may suffer domestic violence or enter prostitution to make money.

It found out that more than a quarter of a million women have been sold as wives and baby-makers in South East Asia, but they are getting a raw deal in health care and social inclusion. 

The study was undertaken by Queensland University of Technology nursing researcher Yung-Mei Yang.


New geological age similar to 65 million year old mass extinction event

Canberra, March 31: A leading environmental scientist has suggested that an unprecedented climatic change is creating a new geological age, which is similar to the mass extinction event which wiped out the dinosaurs and other species 65 million years ago.

"The planet is already amid a "human-induced mass extinction event" which is defining a new geological age known as the Anthropocene," said Professor Will Steffen, director of the Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies at Canberra's Australian National University.