Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Dangers of Genetically Modified Food

A scientific article about genetically modified food makes an interesting read. The author, Dr Emmanuel Mutyaba is a lecturer in ethics at Uganda Martyrs University and has written other articles about foreign aid to Africa and the implication of being environmentally conscious as urged by the Church.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

WHO Says No To Meat

The World Health Organisation has concluded recently that processed meat and red meat are carcinogenic. This has caused a furore in the meat industry and ridicule from the conservative right here in Australia. I have always been a supporter of a plant based diet as being better for us all and for the environment. A previous article on this blog describes the effects of farming and harvesting meat on the planet very well.

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Cure for Asthma?

Queensland researchers have done it again with a new discovery on a possible cure for asthma. Human trials begin in July so if you live in Brisbane and are aged between 18 and 65 and have the condition you might like to give them a call on 1800 257 179. Or email them - just check out the link.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

New Smartphone app for cough

The University of Queensland is developing a new smartphone app that will help doctors and patients alike with cough diagnosis and treatment. It could potentially save lives in conditions such as pneumonia and whooping cough. Conversely it may help reduce the use of unnecessary antibiotics for more benign conditions. The company has been listed on the stock market too and the app is due out in 2016.

Malaria vaccine for Africa

GSK has developed a vaccine against malaria that has been approved for rolling out in Africa. Sounds good but I don't think the search is over as it is only 27-46% effective. Come on scientists, you can do better!

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Progress in India

Heartening news for global health watchers from Reuters article about the latest studies on health improvements in India. There has been positive movements in number of breastfed infants, number of births in hospitals, and improvements in child nutrition. The rate of child marriage is still high and adolescent girls are still low in body mass, but signs are improving. Female health workers from within the community called Ashas are trained in pre- and post-natal care and are a bonus!

Thursday, 2 July 2015

More Weighty News

Monash researchers have been working away on weighty matters. They have found some interesting neurons that help switch off hunger. However the new insights are unlikely to help people lose weight as eating is fuelled by many social and emotional signals in humans. Researchers do hope that they may be able to help with weight maintenance, though.

And Google is developing a great new app that calculates calories in food from a photo of the food. I could use that!