Written by University of Melbourne Masters of Science Communication students Jasmine McBain-Miller, Kimberley Meyers, Ashley Sroka and Bronwyn Wolfaardt under the guidance and direction of Associate Professor Jeff Craig .
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One of the big questions in autism research is whether autism is a single disorder or many different disorders that happen to present in the same way. Although recent genetic research has indicated hundreds of different genes contribute to autism, a new discovery has found there could also be commonality among most patients with autism.
Every parent wants to give their child the best start to life, but with the overwhelming amount of information available for parents and parents-to-be it can be difficult to know what to trust. Increasing evidence shows that the best time to invest in our children’s health is at the very start (conception). The message isn’t just for mothers; fathers, grandparents, and society all play a vital role in shaping the health and wellbeing of our children.
Have you ever wondered why you feel healthier and happier when you stroll through the trees or frolic by the sea? Is it just that you’re spending time away from work, de-stressing and taking in the view? Or is there more to it?
If you have ever wondered why humans have conquered planet earth’s most extreme environments and survived for millennia, the answer may be at hand. It looks like we had a little help from our bacterial friends.
We still do not know what causes autism, but insights from the burgeoning field of epigenetics are helping to reveal the subtle factors that can contribute to the disorder.
Are you really what your mother ate, drank or got stressed about? The simple answer is “no”, but not in the way you think.
When twins are born, the first thing a parent asks is “are they identical?” If one’s a boy and one’s a girl, it’s easy – they are fraternal. With all the other twins, this is where things get complicated.
The United Nations has declared that 2 April each year will be World Autism Awareness Day, with an aim of bringing more attention to the condition and help give a voice to the millions of individuals who are undiagnosed, misunderstood or looking for help.
Recently I was promoted to the level of Honorary Associate Professor and for some reason it got me thinking about the parallels between scientists and rock stars. You can’t see it? Let me explain.