A Melbourne-based research team is investigating a technique known as helium MRI scanning to better diagnose severe asthma, which will ultimately save lives. The test gives a clear and far more detailed view of the condition than current diagnostic measures. The new information will help inform improved treatment options for severe asthma sufferers. Remarkably, the technique uses gas that is currently used to build chemical weapons.
Heart muscle diseases are a leading cause of disability and death in children and adults but the causes remain poorly understood. The genetic changes that cause heart muscle disease are in the early stages of discovery. Identifying the genetic cause of heart disease is crucial in improving understanding of these conditions and for developing new drugs and therapies.
The prevalence of children at risk of anaphylaxis has increased 41 per cent over a six year period in schools across Victoria. The Murdoch Children's Research Institute study analysed statewide surveys from over 1500 government schools including more than 550,000 students. They found the prevalence of students at risk of anaphylaxis increased from 0.98 per cent in 2009 to 1.38 per cent in 2014.
Every year, the World Health Organization selects a priority area of global public health concern as the theme for World Health Day, which falls on 7 April each year. In 2016, diabetes has been recognised as a chronic disease impacting the lives of Australians and millions of people worldwide.
Researchers from the Institute have urged caution on the widespread use of ‘brain training’ programs, after new research reveals they are not effective in preventing learning difficulties in primary-school-age children.