Latest University of Melbourne Stories

Vitamin B Recognizes Bacterial Infections
2012-10-11 07:45:26

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers from the University of Melbourne and Monash University in Australia recently studied how the body utilizes vitamin B to recognize bacterial infection, allowing the body´s specialized immune cells to defend against infection. Medical experts have long touted vitamin B as an important element in healthy living. According to the American Cancer Society, vitamin B is necessary for growth and development. It can...

2012-08-23 01:09:01

Melbourne scientists studying the impact obesity has on pregnancy, are urging men to get ℠match fit´ before conceiving to assist with fetal development. Reproductive experts from the University of Melbourne´s Department of Zoology have discovered that a father´s obesity negatively impacts sperm, resulting in smaller fetuses, poor pregnancy success and reduced placental development. While the health risks surrounding obesity and pregnancy have largely been centered...

2012-08-08 23:53:45

Research has revealed that the extremely hot, dry and windy conditions on Black Saturday combined with structures in the atmosphere called 'horizontal convective rolls' -similar to streamers of wind flowing through the air - which likely affected fire behavior. The study is the first of its kind to produce such detailed, high-resolution simulations of weather patterns on the day and provides insights for future fire management and warning systems. The work was led by Dr Todd Lane and Ms...

Shocker: Squids Are Tired After 3-hour Sex Session
2012-07-18 14:59:10

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Pity the University of Melbourne researchers, they just spent plenty of valuable time documenting what should have been common sense to anyone with eyes and any experience in the bedroom: A 3-hour long sex session can be very tiring, particularly to the Dumpling Squid. Perhaps the most amorous underwater creature, Dumpling Squid engage in coitus for close to 3 hours before calling the deed done. University of Melbourne...

2012-07-17 12:08:15

Melbourne researchers are now simulating in 3D, the motion of the complete human rhinovirus, the most frequent cause of the common cold, on Australia´s fastest supercomputer, paving the way for new drug development. Rhinovirus infection is linked to about 70 per cent of all asthma exacerbations with more than 50 per cent of these patients requiring hospitalization. Furthermore, over 35 per cent of patients with acute chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are hospitalized each...

2012-07-13 10:34:12

Research from the University of Melbourne has shown that two different vaccine viruses- used simultaneously to control the same condition in chickens- have combined to produce new infectious viruses, prompting early response from Australia's veterinary medicines regulator. The vaccines were used to control infectious laryngotracheitis (ILT), an acute respiratory disease occurring in chickens worldwide. ILT can have up to 20% mortality rate in some flocks and has a significant economic and...

2012-07-13 10:37:54

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Australian scientists looking to vaccinate chicken populations against a respiratory disease may have accidentally unleashed a disease far more deadly than the one they hoped to prevent. According to a report published this week in Science, the genomes from two different strains of the herpesvirus infectious laryngotracheitis (ILT) virus that were used in vaccines have recombined to produce more virulent ILT viruses near Sydney and...

2012-07-12 11:03:14

A study by the University of Melbourne has raised concerns about Hollywood´s treatment of menstruation, and whether it´s frightening girls into believing it is worse than the reality. Researcher Dr Lauren Rosewarne, from the University´s School of Social and Political Sciences, has analyzed hundreds of representations of menstruation in film and television. “The presentation of menstruation on screen is an overwhelmingly negative one,” she said. The...

2012-05-24 20:14:25

A research team led by the University of Melbourne and Monash University has discovered why people can develop life-threatening allergies after receiving treatment for conditions such as epilepsy and AIDS. The finding could lead to the development of a diagnostic test to determine drug hypersensitivity. The study published today in the journal Nature, revealed how some drugs inadvertently target the immune system to alter how the body´s immune system perceives it´s own...

2012-05-10 09:53:11

How well people with newly diagnosed epilepsy respond to their first drug treatment, may signal the likelihood that they will continue to have uncontrolled seizures according to University of Melbourne Chair of Neurology Professor Patrick Kwan. In a study published in Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, Professor Kwan, who is also head of the clinical epilepsy program at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and an international authority in antiepileptic drug...

Word of the Day
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'