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2009-05-11 13:55:00

Extract of Kava useful in treating anxiety and improving mood Researchers at the University of Queensland in Australia have found a traditional extract of Kava, a medicinal plant from the South Pacific, to be safe and effective in reducing anxiety. To be published online this week in the Springer journal Psychopharmacology, the results of a world-first clinical trial which found that a water-soluble extract of Kava was effective in treating anxiety and improving mood. The Kava was prescribed...

2009-05-05 08:22:05

'Drought-proofing' Australia's urban regions by installing large domestic water tanks may enable the dengue mosquito Aedes aegypti to regain its foothold across the country and expand its range of possible infections, according to a new study published May 5 in the open-access journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. Dr Nigel Beebe and colleagues from the University of Queensland, CSIRO Entomology, the Australian Army Malaria Institute, and the Communicable Diseases Branch of Queensland...

2009-04-30 10:05:00

Collaboration with University of Queensland Medical School in Australia Provides Overseas and New Orleans Education for U.S. Medical Students NEW ORLEANS, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Ochsner Health System (www.ochsner.org) and The University of Queensland Medical School in Brisbane, Australia, proudly announce the opening of the University of Queensland School of Medicine Clinical School at Ochsner, a unique, joint affiliation that will provide U.S. medical students with unprecedented training...

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2009-04-20 10:33:57

An international consortium of scientists, including researchers from The University of Queensland (UQ), have probed further into the human genome than ever before. They have discovered how genes are controlled in mammals, as well as the tiniest genetic element ever found. Their discoveries will be published in three milestone papers in leading journal Nature Genetics. The research was coordinated by the RIKEN Yokohama Omics Science Center in Japan as part of the FANTOM4 consortium, with...

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2009-03-31 09:05:24

Parents and school nurses take note. Lice are a familiar nuisance around the world and vectors of serious diseases, such as epidemic typhus, in developing regions. New research indicates that lice may actually be quite unique in the animal world. In a study published online in Genome Research, scientists have analyzed the mitochondrial genome of the human body louse and discovered that it is fragmented into many pieces "“ a remarkable finding in animals that will surely spark discussion...

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2009-02-27 13:54:00

Nestled just off the east coast of Australia, picturesque North Stradbroke Island is a haven for local wildlife. Yet some of the inhabitants of the island's creeks and swamps are far from peaceful. Slender crayfish are aggressive territorial creatures, explains ecologist Robbie Wilson of the University of Queensland, Australia. When two crayfish catch sight of one another, they size each other up in a ritualistic display, which can quickly escalate from careful tapping of their opponent's...

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2009-01-02 07:35:00

Old mosquitoes are normally a catalyst in the spread of disease, so scientists from Australia have found a way to kill mosquitoes naturally by breeding them to carry an insect parasite that causes earlier death. Until now, scientists had been searching for a way to genetically engineer mosquitoes to become resistant to illnesses like dengue fever and malaria. When mosquitoes contract a disease like malaria or dengue, it takes two weeks of incubation before the insect can spread the illness...

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2008-12-11 11:07:30

Research conducted at The University of Queensland could contribute to the development of a vaccine and cure for West Nile virus and Dengue fever. Led by Associate Professor Alexander Khromykh, a team of researchers from UQ's School of Molecular and Microbial Sciences identified a novel characteristic of the virus family to which these diseases belong. The team found all flaviviruses produced a small molecule which, among other functions, controlled the host's response to viral infection....

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2008-11-17 15:20:00

A scientist at the University of Queensland who developed a vaccine for cervical cancer is working on another inoculation against certain types of skin cancer that could be available in five years time. Professor Ian Frazer said tests of the vaccine had proven successful on animals and that human trials could begin next year and a vaccine for children aged 10 to 12 could be available in five to 10 years. The vaccine would protect against squamous cell carcinoma, the second most common skin...

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2008-10-16 09:50:00

University of Arizona scientists experimenting with some of the coldest gases in the universe have discovered that when atoms in the gas get cold enough, they can spontaneously spin up into what might be described as quantum mechanical twisters or hurricanes. The surprising experimental results agree with independent numerical simulations produced by collaborating scientists at the University of Queensland in Australia. The Arizona and Queensland researchers are reporting the results of the...