Health and Biomedical Sciences news

How stress can turn our bodies against us – and what we can do about it

Stress is an inevitable part of life, but what happens when it starts to negatively affect our health? And what exactly does chronic stress do to our bodies?

Research confirms gut-brain connection in autism

People with autism often suffer from gut problems, but nobody has known why. Researchers have now discovered the same gene mutations – found both in the brain and the gut – could be the cause.

Unpacking the links: Chronic stress, fertility and the ‘hunger hormone’

Researchers have uncovered a new link between chronic stress and reproductive problems, in a pre-clinical study that shines the spotlight on a hunger-triggering hormone.

Five things you should know about the brain in your gut

From moods to memory, the brain in our guts has a big impact on the brain in our heads.

The science of fighting brain injuries in babies

In their search for ways to prevent and heal brain injuries in babies, researchers are delving deep to unlock the secrets of the developing brain.

Scientists don’t really get the female brain – and it’s a problem for women’s health

A major new review examines what we know (and don't know) about the unique aspects of the female brain, the lack of female-specific research, and why it’s a real issue for women's health.

Four ways sleep deprivation affects your brain and your body

Sleep is one of the unsung heroes of health, with serious consequences when we don’t get enough. Our experts explain what happens when you’re sleep deprived and share their tips to better sleep.

RMIT women named superstars of STEM

Three RMIT researchers from STEM have been named among 60 Australian women recognised for outstanding contributions to their fields.

Fantastic four: meet the researchers changing the future of health

Technology is having a huge impact on our health. Here four RMIT researchers talk about the potential impact of their work as we live even longer lives.

Sleep apnoea creates gaps in life memories: study

People with sleep apnoea struggle to remember details of memories from their own lives, potentially making them vulnerable to depression, new research has shown.

Researchers tackle HIV and brain injury with NHMRC funding success

Three RMIT researchers have been awarded a total of $2.5 million in funding for projects investigating brain damage in infants and new treatments for managing HIV.

Grey matters: why your brain needs sleep

Ahead of this week’s Sleep and Brain Health Symposium, Dr Melinda Jackson from RMIT’s School of Health and Biomedical Sciences shares the ugly truth about quality sleep and a healthy brain.

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