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Sugar could rot your memory. So, how long does it take to reverse?

By Liam Mannix (Science Reporter) 4 May 2018 – The Age Newspaper   Fuzzy memory? Your sugar intake might be to blame. Sugar-packed soft-drinks aren’t just bad for our teeth and waistline, new scientific theories suggest they may also be affecting our memory. Recent Australian trials suggest that sugary drinks appear to have a significant effect on memory in animals. We ... Read More »

‘Really worrying’: Anaesthetic affects children’s brains

By Liam Mannix 28 April 2018 – The Age Newspaper General anaesthetic might be bad for children’s brains – but poverty, poor nutrition or delaying life-saving surgery is much worse, say experts. An alarming new Australian study published this week linked a dose of ‘general’ anaesthetic with a small but significant dip in school performance and brain development for thousands ... Read More »

Elderly suicides ‘unbearable to think about’

The Australian – 29th September 2016  Rick Morton, Social Affairs Reporter Older Australians who die by ­suicide at a rate dramatically higher than young people are hidden in the public debate because the “thought of grandfathers and grandmothers killing themselves is almost unbearable”. Latest suicide data, released yesterday by the Australian ­Bureau of Statistics, reveals men aged 85 and older ... Read More »

ALP’s anti-plebiscite drive reflects audacity of hate

The Australian – 28 September 2016 Jennifer Oriel There is something rather dangerous about the gay marriage debate — and it is not homosexuality or marriage. It is the view widely held by our political Left that ­liberal democratic precepts can be overridden whenever they interfere with politically correct ideology. Not content merely to deny the democratic mandate of millions ... Read More »

Baby born with DNA from three people in revolutionary advance

The Australian Newspaper – Wednesday 28th September A baby has been born for the first time from a new technique that combines DNA from three people. The goal is to prevent the child from inheriting a fatal genetic disease from the mother. The birth, of a boy, is revealed in a research summary published by the journal Fertility & Sterility. ... Read More »

Three-parent IVF technique found to be ‘safe in lab tests’

The Australian Newspaper – Friday 10 June A British study of a new three-parent IVF technique ­designed to reduce the risk of mothers passing hereditary ­diseases to their babies has found it is likely to work well and lead to normal pregnancies. The House of Commons voted last year to become the first in the world to allow the three-parent ... Read More »

Does screen love scramble our brains?

The Australian – 25 May 2016 John Ross – Higher Education reporter, Sydney Internet addiction has been linked with lower grey matter volume in the right frontal pole, which has a potential impact on decision-making and willpower. Internet addiction has been linked with lower grey matter volume in the right frontal pole, which has a potential impact on decision-making and ... Read More »