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Working day less than a hoot for 'night owls'

Those who go to bed late and then get up later have significantly lower functional connectivity in the brain, slower reaction times, and may struggle with a standard 9-5 work day compared to ‘early risers’.

Medicine & health
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Physical restraint doesn't protect patients – there are better alternatives

Regulating physical restraint of the elderly in nursing homes is a step in the right direction, but more still needs to be done to educate the sector on alternatives.

Lens

Active sleep is more than just counting sheep

New research by neuroscientists at Monash University shows that the sleeping brain has the capacity to encode important pieces of information - even though the body is resting.

Science
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The hair of the dog and other hangover cure fallacies

The hair of the dog is just one tip among many to cure a hangover, but do they really work or are they just drunken fallacies?

Lens
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The drug that can put some cancer cells to sleep

Instead of killing the disease – as chemotherapy and radiotherapy do – a new and “lateral” approach to treatment shows great promise.

Lens

Intervention program helps young people overcome family trauma

Monash University has developed a revolutionary intervention program, called mi.spot, now being trialled with at-risk young Victorians.

Learning & teaching

Childhood obesity grows annual health bill

Childhood obesity is costing Australian taxpayers $43.2 million annually - not including the cost of hospital care - new research by Monash University shows.

Business
Professor Phil Bardon's work shows high-dose steroids don't prevent asthma flare-ups

High-dose steroids don’t prevent asthma flare-ups

High-doses of glucocorticoids are not effective in preventing life-threatening asthma exacerbations, according to a landmark study published in The New England Journal of Medicine this week.

Medicine & health
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Towards a portable test for tiredness

Saliva or blood tests may one day be used to detect when we’re too tired to drive or think clearly according to a Monash University-led study.

Medicine & health