Category Archives: New research

Living well with Parkinson’s disease

More than 80,000 people are living with Parkinson’s disease in Australia, and of these, approximately two thirds will fall each year. Ensuing injuries, hospitalisations, fear of falling and caregiver burden are devastating, widespread and costly. As the prevalence of Parkinson’s disease will double between 2010 and 2040, the associated human and economic burden will also grow. Innovative therapies to improve […]

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Sleep and Parkinson’s

Sleep disruption is a very common feature and directly contributes to poor quality of life in people with Parkinson’s disease. Sleep disorders have been reported to occur in as many as 97 per cent of people with Parkinson’s disease. In addition to REM behaviour disorder, sleep disordered breathing, including obstructive sleep apnoea, is present in 40-60 per cent of people […]

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New cough clinical trials program

In Australia, there are 350 cases of traumatic spinal cord injury each year. More than half of these injuries will be to the cervical area of the spine (neck), leading to a condition called quadriplegia. While quadriplegia is commonly associated with paralysis of all four limbs, paralysis also affects the major respiratory muscles. This reduces cough strength, which can lead […]

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Patient education does not help recovery from back pain

Researchers are calling for a review of global guidelines that recommend pain education for patients with low back pain, following a paper they published in JAMA Neurology that says intensive treatment does not help a patient’s recovery. “Most people recover from acute low back pain without medical intervention,” said Co-author Associate Professor James McAuley, from Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA). “Globally, […]

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Understanding the challenging behaviours of dementia

NeuRA’s Dr Moyra Mortby presented at Uniting War Memorial Hospital’s free seminar on Healthy Brains this week. Dr Mortby shared her research into the neuropsychiatric symptoms of dementia. These are the challenging behaviours associated with dementia such as delusions, sleep disturbances, anxiety and agitation. “Neuropsychiatric symptoms are a diverse group of non-cognitive symptoms of dementia that are characterised by disturbed […]

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Looking to art for mental wellness

The relationship between art and mental health is well documented. As a means of expression, art can contribute to building awareness and literacy of mental health, and can help others understand the lived experience of mental illness. For the artist, it can play an important role in the recovery journey, promoting wellbeing and reducing the symptoms of depression and anxiety. […]

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Taking a different approach to Parkinson’s research

Professor Caroline Rae is working on an early detection program for Parkinson’s disease to identify people most at risk. The program will also identify those in the early stages of the disease so that treatment can be introduced sooner. An interview with Professor Rae expands on this important new approach in Parkinson’s research. Why is are you taking a different approach […]

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The bionic revolution: exploring how the brain decodes touch

The bionic revolution is transforming people’s lives through artificial body parts or prosthetics, such as a limb or implant. One of the biggest challenges in bionics is replicating the sense of touch. Neuroscientists at NeuRA and UNSW Sydney were featured on ABC TV’s Catalyst program as part of an episode exploring this work. Dr Ingvars Birznieks and Dr Richard Vickery […]

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