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Monthly Archives: February 2015

Science Stories: Hope for parents – preterm children can catch up

In Australia approximately 9% of babies are born preterm (less than 37 weeks gestation), and there is compelling evidence that the effects of preterm birth persist over life. Babies born preterm often face life-long setbacks in development and education and may be prone to continuing health challenges. Dr Luke Schneider, a Postdoctoral Research Officer at […]

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Media Release: Warning on use of drug for children’s sleep

Sleep researchers at the University of Adelaide are warning doctors and parents not to provide the drug melatonin to children to help control their sleep problems. Melatonin is a hormone produced in the body with the onset of darkness.  It plays an important role in fine tuning people’s circadian rhythms, such as the timing of […]

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Research Tuesdays: Treat, trial and transform – free public forum

Treat, Trial and Transform: Towards a globally self-learning and wholly evidence-informed health system When it comes to receiving medical treatment, the majority of us would make a fundamental assumption: sound evidence exists to suggest the proposed course of action will improve our condition. Too often, however, that assumption’s wrong. All over the world, including here […]

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Media Release: Cerebral palsy – it can be in your genes

An international research group led by a team at the University of Adelaide has made what they believe could be the biggest discovery into cerebral palsy in 20 years. It has long been the belief that cerebral palsy occurs when a child experiences a lack of oxygen during pregnancy or at birth; however, the Australian […]

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Media Release: Impact of obesity on fertility can be reversed

In a breakthrough discovery, researchers at the University of Adelaide have revealed how damage from obesity is passed from a mother to her children, and also how that damage can be reversed. The findings, by a team led by the University’s Robinson Research Institute, have major implications for the future of fertility research and are […]

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Media Release: Managing mum’s blood pressure doesn’t harm her unborn child

Health researchers have been surprised by the results of a major international study which shows that tightly controlling blood pressure in pregnant women has no harmful effects for their babies. The international study shows that, contrary to expectations, keeping blood pressure in the normal range with medication does not affect a baby’s growth and development […]

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