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The Conversation: What happens in the womb affects our health as adults, but girls and boys respond differently

A baby’s sex determines how they will respond to exposures during pregnancy. from shutterstock.com Authors: Tina Bianco-Miotto and Claire Roberts Men and women respond differently to diseases and treatments for biological, social and psychological reasons. In this series on Gender Medicine, experts explore these differences and the importance of approaching treatment and diagnosis through a gender lens. […]

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Media Release: Platypus venom could hold key to diabetes treatment

Australian researchers have discovered remarkable evolutionary changes to insulin regulation in two of the nation’s most iconic native animal species – the platypus and the echidna – which could pave the way for new treatments for type 2 diabetes in humans. The findings, now published in the Nature journal Scientific Reports, reveal that the same […]

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Media Release: Extra 1,000 steps a day benefit children with type 1 diabetes

Keeping count of daily steps and boosting physical activity can really pay off for children with type 1 diabetes, according to new research from the University of Adelaide and the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. For the first time, researchers have shown that children who have type 1 diabetes can improve their cardiovascular health, simply by taking an […]

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The Conversation: How your parent’s diet before your birth impacts your health

Author: Melanie McDowall   Chromosomes and genes contain the blueprint for your physical characteristics. But your parents’ health and diet before you were conceived can also affect how your genes are expressed – and impact your long-term health. There’s a good explanation for this. What’s known as the “periconception period” covers the final stages of egg […]

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New mums needed for Type 1 Diabetes study

More than 1400 pregnant women and new mothers are being recruited to see if rocketing levels of type 1 diabetes are linked to environmental factors. Being overweight when falling pregnant, diet during pregnancy, exercise, infections, antibiotics and the diet of newborns all will be investigated to see if they are linked to diabetes rates doubling […]

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