A nerve protecting drug combination could improve stroke outcomes

A nerve protecting drug combination could improve stroke outcomes

Peer-reviewed: This work was reviewed and scrutinised by relevant independent experts. Randomised controlled trial: Subjects are randomly assigned to a test group, which receives the treatment, or a control group, which commonly receives a placebo. In ‘blind’ trials, participants do not know which group they are in; in ‘double blind’ trials, the experimenters do not …

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Giant new snake species identified in the Amazon

Giant new snake species identified in the Amazon

A team of scientists on location with a film crew in the remote Amazon has uncovered a previously undocumented species of giant anaconda. Journal/conference: Diversity Link to research (DOI): 10.3390/d16020127 Organisation/s: The University of Queensland Media release From: The University of Queensland A team of scientists on location with a film crew in the remote Amazon …

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Examining the medical mystery of a child hepatitis outbreak

Examining the medical mystery of a child hepatitis outbreak

An analysis of a sudden global outbreak of hepatitis in children that occurred in 2022 finds although the primary suspect is highly likely to be an infection by multiple viruses, many questions still puzzle researchers. Funder: The authors declare they have no known competing financial interests or personal relationships that could have appeared to influence …

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Prosthetic limbs may soon be able to ‘feel’

Prosthetic limbs may soon be able to ‘feel’

Embargoed until: Publicly released: 2024-02-21 03:00 International researchers have created a brain-robot connection that provides more naturalistic sensations to amputees when they are walking on their prosthetics. The researchers tested their new system on three lower-limb amputees with brain implants by assessing their ability to do standard walking tasks such as climb stairs. They found …

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Ancient DNA reveals Down syndrome in past human societies

Ancient DNA reveals Down syndrome in past human societies

By analysing ancient DNA, an international team of researchers have uncovered cases of chromosomal disorders, including what could be the first case of Edwards syndrome ever identified from prehistoric remains. Journal/conference: Nature Communications Link to research (DOI): 10.1038/s41467-024-45438-1 Organisation/s: The University of Adelaide, The Australian National University, Telethon Kids Institute Media release From: The University …

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A better peanut on your plate? New findings reveal potential for peanut crop improvement

A better peanut on your plate? New findings reveal potential for peanut crop improvement

Global population growth has led to rapidly increasing food demand, but a new international study, published in Nature Genetics, has found a way to accelerate crop improvements, specifically in peanuts. Funder: This research was partially supported by the Open Competition Program of Top 10 Critical Priorities of Agricultural Science and Technology Innovation for the 14th …

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Mapping potential pathways to MND treatment

Mapping potential pathways to MND treatment

For the first time, researchers from the University of Queensland (UQ) have mapped out the proteins implicated in the early stages of motor neurone disease (MND). Building on the mapping project, UQ Queensland Brain Institute researcher Dr Rebecca San Gil has discovered that ‘chaperone’ protein, DNAJB5, is particularly abundant early on, sparking curiosity about its …

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High cost of vaping in Australia revealed

High cost of vaping in Australia revealed

QIMR Berghofer researchers have warned that the increased prevalence of vaping could ultimately cost the Australian health system upwards of $180 million each year, just from a portion of users taking up tobacco smoking. Journal/conference: Australian Health Review Link to research (DOI): 10.1071/AH23178 Organisation/s: QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute Media release From: QIMR Berghofer Medical …

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BACKGROUND BRIEFING: Deepfakes are here to stay – so where to next?

BACKGROUND BRIEFING: Deepfakes are here to stay – so where to next?

****10am AEDT WED 21 FEB*****From fake audio impersonating politicians to fake pornographic videos of celebrities including Taylor Swift, deepfakes have been in the news a lot lately and advances in artificial intelligence (AI) mean it’s about to get a whole lot worse, say experts. So, what are the biggest challenges and what can people do to …

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Diving into the secret life of mixed-species dolphin groups in Australia

Diving into the secret life of mixed-species dolphin groups in Australia

In-depth research of two of Australia’s dolphin species shows how their behaviours have evolved to co-exist and form mixed species groups in northwestern Australia. In the first extensive study of its kind, published in the journal Animal Behaviour, Flinders University researchers shed light on the intricate mechanisms facilitating the co-existence of two species of dolphins, …

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Microplastics enter agricultural land through wastewater

Microplastics enter agricultural land through wastewater

A research team quantified and characterised microplastics (MPs) in 146 biosolid samples collected from 13 wastewater treatment plants across three Australian states (four in New South Wales, four in South Australia and five in Queensland). The results revealed biosolids contained between 1 to 17kg of MPs per tonne that could be transported to agricultural lands. …

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