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Tiny fish live fast, die young

New research has revealed that the short lives and violent deaths of some of coral reefs’ smallest tenants may be vital to the health of reef systems, including the iconic Great Barrier Reef. James Cook University’s Professor David Bellwood was part of a team searching for answers to the longstanding puzzle of ... 24-May-2019 more

Holidays disrupt drug routines of children with diabetes

Children with type 1 diabetes find it difficult to adhere to their drug routines during school holidays and weekends. Holiday distractions cause a 20% reduction in adherence to taking medications that assist managing their condition and other associated conditions, which may have serious consequences for their health. “The research, ... 24-May-2019 more

Probe detects the mechanism for spreading of metastatic cancer cells

A new fluorescent sensor developed by researchers from the University of Adelaide can detect migrating cancer cells and could be used to target medication to stop metastasis in aggressive cancers. Metastasis – the uncontrolled migration of cancer cells which creates new tumours at different locations in the body – is a major ... 22-May-2019 more

Natural environments favour ‘good’ bacteria

A new study has shown that restoring environments to include a wider range of species can promote ‘good’ bacteria over ‘bad’ – with potential benefits for human health. University of Adelaide researchers report, in the journal Environmental International, that degraded, low biodiversity land and soils tend to ... 22-May-2019 more

Plant discovery opens frontiers

University of Adelaide researchers have discovered a biochemical mechanism fundamental to plant life that could have far-reaching implications for the multibillion dollar biomedical, pharmaceutical, chemical and biotechnology industries. There are up to 80,000 fundamental-to-life enzymes working in plant or mammalian bodies, upon which ... 22-May-2019 more

New single vaccination approach to killer diseases

Scientists from the University of Adelaide’s Research Centre for Infectious Diseases have developed a single vaccination approach to simultaneously combat influenza and pneumococcal infections, the world’s most deadly respiratory diseases. The researchers say a single vaccination – combining vaccines from the new class of ... 22-May-2019 more

Urgent call to fill big gaps in knowledge about finch

A James Cook University-led review of the status of the Black-throated Finch has called for land-clearing to be slowed or halted to protect the endangered bird. The finch is at the centre of controversy surrounding environmental consents for the proposed Adani coal mine in the Galilee Basin in central Queensland.   JCU PhD ... 17-May-2019 more

Children’s University expansion offers bright future for disadvantaged young people

The University of Adelaide has welcomed a proposal to expand the Children’s University program nationally, offering young disadvantaged people greater opportunities to connect with and be inspired by education. The aim of Children’s University Australasia is to promote a love of lifelong learning through community engagement, ... 17-May-2019 more

Pelvic exercises may beat bedroom blues

James Cook University physiotherapists say simple pelvic floor exercises may be a cure for some common problems men experience in the bedroom. In a first of its kind study, JCU physiotherapy lecturers Chris Myers and Moira Smith analysed studies from around the world involving more than 650 men who had used pelvic floor exercises to combat ... 17-May-2019 more

Protect protruding teeth from damage and long-term consequences

Children with their first or early adult set of teeth that stick out have an increased chance of damaging them, but the risk can be easily reduced without being prohibitively costly. A study undertaken at the University of Adelaide of more than 50,000 children aged under 19 years published in the journal Dental Traumatology, confirms a ... 17-May-2019 more

Amanda Lacey joins Expert Guide

Amanda Lacey has joined Expert Guide. Amanda is the Managing Director of POPCOM and a communicants expert, advising companies and directors on synchronising internal communications and external communicants to create strong, persuasive messaging that builds brands. Known for her work in the legal sector, Amanda is called upon for crisis ... 14-May-2019 more

Global recognition for health care simulation lab

Adelaide Health Simulation, a facility which replicates hospital suites with cutting-edge technology including life-like mannikins, has been awarded unconditional accreditation for its major investment in learning and teaching. The University of Adelaide’s simulation facility, which educates students of the health professions to handle ... 14-May-2019 more