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2009-10-14 13:12:57

A team of international molecular scientists, led by a Monash University researcher has discovered a new, fast mechanism by which cells communicate change "“ for example their location during spreading of a cancer in the human body "“ to adjacent cells. The discovery sheds new light on cell behavior and could lead to the development on new drugs to combat diseases such as cancer, rheumatoid arthritis and Alzheimer's disease. The team led by Monash University Associate Professor...

2009-10-06 15:06:59

We've all heard about the damage that reactive oxygen species (ROS) "“ aka free radicals "“ can do to our bodies and the sales pitches for antioxidant vitamins, skin creams or "superfoods" that can stop them. In fact, there is considerable scientific evidence that chronic ROS production within cells can contribute to human diseases, including insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. But a new report in the October 7th Cell Metabolism, a Cell Press publication, adds to evidence that...

2009-09-17 08:49:08

An international study involving Monash University mathematician Dr Malcolm Clark has been used to demonstrate the impact of global warming and to predict the effect further warming will have on plant life. The study, published in the International Journal of Climatology, predicts a difference in flowering times of certain plants in certain climates by as much as 50 days by the year 2080. The study, by Dr Malcolm Clark, an Adjunct Research Fellow at Monash University's School of Mathematical...

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2009-08-06 12:30:00

Medical cement is commonly used to treat cracks in the spines of elderly people, however a study of the procedure revealed that the people undergoing the treatment had no better results than those receiving a fake treatment. The world-first study involving Monash University and the Cabrini Research Institute in Melbourne concluded that the injection of bone cement into broken vertebrae is not an effective treatment for patients suffering painful osteoporotic fractures, after finding both...

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2009-07-20 09:51:02

A team of international astrophysicists, including Dr Maria Lugaro from Monash University, has discovered a new explanation for the early composition of our solar system. The team has found that radioactive nuclei found in the earliest meteorites, dating back billions of years, could have been delivered by a nearby dying giant star of six times the mass of the sun. Dr Lugaro said the findings could change our current ideas on the origin of the solar system. "We have known about the early...

2009-07-08 12:18:23

A Monash University study has proven a critical link between obesity and the onset of Type 2 diabetes, a discovery which could lead to the design of a drug to prevent the disease.The findings were published today in respected journal Cell Metabolism.The team, led by Associate Professor Matthew Watt, discovered that fat cells release a novel protein called PEDF (pigment epithelium-derived factor), which triggers a chain of events and interactions that lead to development of Type 2...

2009-04-28 10:16:48

Monash University scientists have unlocked the physics of the perfect pizza toss and will use it to design the next generation of micro motors thinner that a human hair.Mr Daniel (Kuang-Chen) Liu, a PhD student supervised by Associate Professor James Friend and Senior Lecturer Leslie Yeo, videotaped a professional pizza tosser at work. The team from Monash's Micro/Nanophysics Research Laboratory, then calculated how best to describe the way the dough travels through the air "“ including...

2009-04-03 11:56:47

Monash University researchers have shown that babies born to a mother who smokes are more likely to be slower to wake or respond to stimulation "“ and this may explain their increased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).Scientific director of the Ritchie Centre for Baby Health Research Associate Professor Rosemary Horne and PhD student Heidi Richardson compared babies of mothers who smoked both during the pregnancy and after the baby was born, with babies who lived in a...

2009-02-03 08:49:02

A team of Monash University researchers led by Professor James Whisstock has made a major breakthrough in the international fight against malaria, which claims the life of a child across the world every 30 seconds.The research, performed in collaboration with Professor John Dalton at the University of Technology, Sydney, provides a new approach to treating and controlling the disease that is contracted by half a billion people and causes around 1 million deaths a year.The team, based at the...

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2009-01-20 12:55:23

In the future, surgeons may be aided by the use of micro-motors to perform a range of minimally invasive procedures, researchers reported on Tuesday. Previously, researchers have had no way of powering tiny robots through the human bloodstream. Now, researchers at the Micro/Nanophysics Research Laboratory at Australia's Monash University have reported that they are finalizing a project that will produce microbot motors just 250 micrometers, a quarter of a millimeter, wide. These motors will...