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Case Study| Type 1 Diabetes

  There are an estimated 1.2 million people, living with diabetes and 85 per cent of them have type two, while the other 13 per cent have type 1 (Australian Government Department of Health, 2016). Genetics play a big part in the development of type 1 diabetes, which is an autoimmune condition where the body’s immune system attacks the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. Destruction … Continue reading Case Study| Type 1 Diabetes

Australia’s residential aged care facilities are getting bigger and less home-like

Residential aged care facilities should be more like a home and less like a hospital. from shutterstock.com Ralph Hampson, University of Melbourne Most older people want to stay at home as long as they can. When this is no longer possible, they move into residential aged care facilities, which become their home. But Australia’s care facilities for the aged are growing in size and becoming … Continue reading Australia’s residential aged care facilities are getting bigger and less home-like

Five lifestyle changes to enhance your mood and mental health

  Getting a good dose of nature can boost your mental health. Marion Michelle Jerome Sarris, Western Sydney University and Joe Firth, Western Sydney University When someone is diagnosed with a mental health disorder such as depression or anxiety, first line treatments usually include psychological therapies and medication. What’s not always discussed are the changeable lifestyle factors that influence our mental health. Even those who … Continue reading Five lifestyle changes to enhance your mood and mental health

Explainer: what is Helicobacter pylori?

  Helicobacter pylori normally infect the stomachs of children where they can stay forever, if undetected. Tatiana Shepeleva/Shutterstock Phil Sutton, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute In 1982, two Australians – Robin Warren and Barry Marshall – presented their first observations of strange bacteria living in the human stomach. They went on to propose that these bacteria caused a common condition called gastritis, which is essentially inflammation … Continue reading Explainer: what is Helicobacter pylori?

Need for Criminalising Marital Rape

Originally posted on Sneha's Expression:
While we applaud Supreme court’s landmark judgement in case of Triple Talaq, it is disheartening to know that, in our country, something as heinous as Marital rape is brushed under the carpet. It isn’t even considered an offence. A rape is a rape irrespective of age, gender or marital status. Intercourse with consent is sex and without consent is… Continue reading Need for Criminalising Marital Rape

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Macrominerals| Calcium

Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body, It is the major ingredient in the inorganic component of the bone. In the remainder of the body, it takes part in various biochemical reactions. These mechanisms include the clotting process, neural transmission and muscular contraction including the cardiac muscle. It is however essential that the levels of calcium in the body are controlled. Too much … Continue reading Macrominerals| Calcium

How we estimated when obesity might catch smoking as the top cause of cancer

Category: Science blog September 24, 2018 Katie Roberts3 comments Smoking has topped the list of preventable causes of cancer for decades. But it might not be there forever. While smoking rates have been falling, the proportion of the UK population who are overweight or obese has risen. And if these trends continue, obesity looks set to overtake smoking as the biggest preventable cause of cancer at some point … Continue reading How we estimated when obesity might catch smoking as the top cause of cancer