Head-banging hammers the brain

From ABC Science Online, News in Science, 18 December 2008:Led Zeppelin’s immortal song ‘Dazed and Confused’ might well have been a clinical observation on the state of their audience’s brains, say Australian researchers who have found over-enthusiastic head-banging can cause mild brain injury.In a study published in the British Medical Journal this week, two University Continue reading Head-banging hammers the brain

Dolphin spongers are workaholic loners

From ABC Science, News in Science, 11 December 2008:Female dolphins that use marine sponges to help them forage for prey spend less time socialising with others, but still produce the same number of offspring, according to a US study.Researchers have long known of a bottlenose dolphin population in Western Australia’s Shark Bay that use sponges Continue reading Dolphin spongers are workaholic loners

Lose weight, maintain your mojo

From ABC Science Online, News in Science, 21 November 2008:A man’s secret to maintaining a healthy sex life well into old age could be as simple as shedding a few kilograms, says an Australian obesity expert.Professor Gary Wittert, endocrinologist and Professor of Medicine at the University of Adelaide says erectile dysfunction is often a warning Continue reading Lose weight, maintain your mojo

Silk the key to rebuilding bone

From ABC Science Online, News in Science, 18 November 2008:Silkworms and spiders could hold the key to engineering healthy bone tissue to replace damaged bone and teeth, according to a US biomedical engineer.Speaking at the Australian Health and Medical Research Congress in Brisbane, Professor David Kaplan from Tufts University in Massachusetts says spider and silkworm Continue reading Silk the key to rebuilding bone

Southern Ocean close to acid tipping point

From ABC Science Online, News in Science, November 11 2008:Australian researchers have discovered that the tipping point for ocean acidification caused by human-induced CO2 emissions is much closer than first thought.Scientists from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and CSIRO looked at seasonal changes in pH and the concentration of an important chemical compound, Continue reading Southern Ocean close to acid tipping point

Study reveals AFL drinking habits

From ABC Science Online, News in Science, 3 November 2008:An Australian study has revealed for the first time the drinking habits of elite Australian football players, showing that unlike the rest of the population, AFL players do their riskiest drinking outside the football season.It’s the first time an entire sporting code has gone under the Continue reading Study reveals AFL drinking habits

Maths makes counting hair easy

From ABC Science Online, News in Science, 31 October 2008:New software is able to analyse exactly how many hairs there are in a patch of skin and could help in testing the effectiveness of baldness treatments and depilatory creams, say Australian researchers.Researchers from CSIRO Mathematical and Information Sciences in Sydney report their findings in the Continue reading Maths makes counting hair easy

Timing is everything with snake antivenom

From ABC Science Online, News in Science, 20 October 2008:New evidence suggests antivenom should be given at least within an hour after a snake bite to be effective at reducing the blood thinning effects of venom.Australian clinical toxicologist Dr Geoffrey Isbister, from the Menzies School of Health Research, and colleagues, report their findings online in Continue reading Timing is everything with snake antivenom

Fast eating a fast track to obesity

From ABC Science News Online, 22 October 2008:Wolfing down your food and eating until your seams are straining could double your risk of becoming overweight, Japanese researchers have found.A study published in the British Medical Journal this week reveals that men and women who eat rapidly or eat until they are full are twice as Continue reading Fast eating a fast track to obesity