Western Alliance In Brief

The health benefits of running barefoot

09 October 2018 - News - Campbell Aitken

The chilly winter we’ve just had in Victoria – and the not-much-warmer spring we’re experiencing so far – are probably not the best times to think about going shoeless, or even sockless. Nevertheless, numerous researchers...


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Endometriosis

25 September 2018 - News - Campbell Aitken

Endometriosis is a disease that can cause pain and infertility in women. It affects over half a million Australian women and over 100 million worldwide. In this article we look at the disease, its epidemiology...


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Skin tears in the elderly

28 August 2018 - News - Campbell Aitken

  Skin tears are the most common wound type in elderly people. Skin tears can become chronic wounds if neglected or treated poorly, damaging the individual’s health and generating significant healthcare costs. Skin tears will...


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Depression

13 August 2018 - News - Campbell Aitken

In mid-2017, depression was identified as the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. It is clearly a major health and social problem, and a growing one. An interesting feature of depression is that...


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HIV/AIDS – where are we now?

17 July 2018 - News - Campbell Aitken

HIV/AIDS was one of the great issues of the late 20th century and, arguably, the issue in global health during that period. Initially known as ‘gay-related immune deficiency’, the disease was soon renamed ‘acquired immune...


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Vision loss: Treatments and technologies

03 July 2018 - News - Campbell Aitken

Blindness has long been one of humanity’s dreaded disabilities (Vash & Crewe, 2004), probably because we are a highly visual species. Indeed, primates are the most visually adapted order of mammals. Binocular vision allowed our...


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What’s in a name? Nominative determinism

05 June 2018 - News - Campbell Aitken

Nominative determinism is the theory that people are more likely to pursue careers that have some connection to their names. (Conversely, names particularly suited to their owners are known as aptronyms.) The late New Scientist...


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Race and health

22 May 2018 - News - Campbell Aitken

22 May 2018 In a January 2018 In Brief post we explored the notion of stress, describing it as a somewhat ‘slippery’ concept. Race is a slipperier concept still, but nonetheless, via racism it’s undeniably...


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