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  • Blood test for bowel cancer
    Posted in: 2016, NSW

    Taking a test for bowel cancer can be awkward and, as a result of people avoiding the test, most bowel cancer is detected too late for treatment to be effective. But a new blood test may mean that the days of colonoscopies and faecal based tests for bowel cancer detection are numbered. Whist working at…

  • Perth community can help save Carnaby’s cockatoo
    Posted in: 2016, WA

    Endangered Carnaby’s cockatoos are adapting to urban life in Perth suburbs. And new research has shown how the community can help save them by creating cockatoo-friendly suburbs. A world-first study used satellite technology to track the wild cockatoos, which are found only in Australia’s south-west and are often spotted in the suburbs of Perth Christine…

  • Brain healing after injury given a natural boost
    Posted in: 2016, SA

    We may be able to kick-start healing after a traumatic brain injury by boosting levels of a protein made naturally within the brain, according to new research conducted at the University of Adelaide. Injecting a particular protein called amyloid precursor protein (APP) up to five hours post injury found that the protein fragment reached the…

  • A window on Earth’s first life forms: finding more stromatolites
    Posted in: 2016, WA

    Stromatolites have been discovered beyond the well-researched south-east corner of Hamelin Pool, in Shark Bay Western Australia, according to a researcher from Bush Heritage. Erica Suosaari donned a wetsuit and spent three years being dragged behind a boat to investigate the entire pool for the first time. She found stromatolites around almost the entire 135km…