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Erin Watts with 15-week old Zara

Mum’s diet could hold key to colic

A low FODMAP diet for breastfeeding mums might hold the key to reducing colic in her infant, a new study has found. The study published today in the journal, Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, suggests that a nutritious low FODMAP diet (that removes ‘windy’ foods) for nursing mothers could significantly reduce fussiness and crying in the first nine weeks of her newborn’s life.

Clinical Sciences - Central

Can aspirin prolong good health? First three ASPREE papers published.

The first three papers arising from the ASPREE study were released this month in NEJM, and the release generated a storm of media interest that kept study leads Professor John McNeil AM and A/Professor Robyn Woods busy for days.

Public Health and Preventive Medicine

Does having a baby mean your ambitions have to go on hold? Not as far as PhD student Elizabeth Thomas is concerned.

After completing a Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours)/Bachelor of Science degree, Elizabeth Thomas developed an interest in genetics but was eager to break the stereotype by stepping outside of the lab environment and experiencing one-on-one contact with patients.

Clinical Sciences - The Alfred

World first study evaluates low-dose antidepressants for back pain

Back pain is the world’s leading cause of disability, affecting half a billion people worldwide. While there are a variety of treatments available, effective therapies are limited. The use of antidepressants to treat back pain is rapidly increasing, with high doses prescribed for depression and lower doses for chronic pain. However, there is currently a lack of evidence for their effectiveness, particularly for the use of low-doses.

Public Health and Preventive Medicine
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Too many young people live in nursing homes – time to act forum 31/8

More than 6,000 Australians under the age of 65 years live in residential aged care facilities. Five years after the NDIS started there has been just a 5% reduction in the number of young people entering aged care.

Public Health and Preventive Medicine
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