From The Lancet Infectious Diseases, June 2022: Mosquito-borne Japanese encephalitis is spreading across Australia in the wake of record rainfall. Read more (subscription required).
From Nature, 17 October 2022: In an attempt to achieve gender equity, Australia’s leading health and medical research funding organization plans to award half of its research grants for its largest funding programme to women and non-binary applicants, starting next year. The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) announced the move last week. It … Continue reading ‘Game-changing’ gender quotas introduced by Australian research agency
From Nature, 12 October 2022: The COVID-19 pandemic has stretched health-care workforces around the world to their limits, as illness and burnout extract a toll from clinicians, nurses and staff. The need for innovations that can reduce workloads is pressing and has intensified interest in artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics as potential technologies to help … Continue reading Pandemic’s cancer backlogs receive treatment from AI innovation
From Nature, 30 August 2022: The United States Marine Corps could hardly be described as ‘cowards’. Yet that’s exactly the accusation that was levelled at the force last year, when its training facility in San Diego, California, announced on Twitter that it was accepting its first cohort of women — and then immediately switched off … Continue reading Online harassment: a toolkit for protecting yourself from abuse
Nature, 24 August 2022: When Torbjörn Bäckström was a medical student in the 1970s, he didn’t understand why a woman who seemed to be in good mental health was being held at a psychiatric facility. Then, Bäckström and his colleagues learnt that once a month, the woman would be admitted because she had been violent … Continue reading The hormonal keys to depression
From The Guardian, 5 November 2022: When studying disease outbreaks, think like a microbe. That’s the lesson that was drummed into Prof Catherine Bennett, chair of epidemiology at Deakin University, when she was undergoing her scientific training, and she’s never forgotten it. “In moving through a community, where are your opportunities as a microbe?” she … Continue reading Welcome to the ‘Pandemicene’: is Australia ready for the next pandemic?
From The Saturday Paper, 17 December 2022: “I’ve always thought astronaut would be the coolest job in the world.” Dr Meganne Christian looks pretty relaxed for someone who has just achieved that childhood dream. But speaking via Zoom from Paris, barely 48 hours after she was announced as one of the European Space Agency’s new … Continue reading The woman who could represent Australia in space
From The Guardian, 16 October 2022: The story of long Covid is just beginning, and no one – not even the experts – knows how it will play out. The “known knowns” are that few, if any, health systems around the world are equipped to cope with the parallel pandemic of long Covid. It will … Continue reading How will long Covid play out over the coming years? Eight experts weigh in
From The Guardian, 8 October 2022: When Zoë Rose found out she had attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder – also known as ADHD – four years ago, at the age of 38, it was like the moment at the end of the Bruce Willis film The Sixth Sense when (spoiler alert!) it’s revealed that the main character was … Continue reading Adult ADHD diagnosis: ‘You’ve got to relook at your entire life’
From The Saturday Paper, 24 September 2022: A showdown is looming between local and state governments over who is financially responsible for nearly $150 million worth of Rural Fire Service trucks and firefighting equipment in New South Wales, the so-called “red fleet”. On one side are 68 local governments who argue the law that puts … Continue reading Stalemate over rural fire fleet