Study: How to best manage the behavioural changes in frontotemporal dementia

Compared to Alzheimer’s disease, individuals diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) tend to have worse behavioural symptoms and greater difficulties with their everyday activities, such as in organising household chores or putting on clean clothes each day. In addition, these individuals often lack insight into how their behaviours may impact others. These changes are difficult to manage and are a frequent […]

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Making science open and reproducible

Science has received some criticism recently. Researchers have shown that some (not all) scientific findings are not reproducible. One contributing factor to this problem is that scientific endeavours are not always transparent or open. Fortunately, scientists are actively responding to this problem. One major player in this area is the The Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS). […]

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World MS Day – research into fall risk in multiple sclerosis

Today is World MS Day. Currently approximately 20,000 people in Australia live with Multiple Sclerosis. The international theme this year is ‘independence’ with MS organisations all over the world celebrating ways that people affected by MS can maintain independence and get on with their lives. At NeuRA, Dr Phu Hoang and colleagues are investigating how research into reducing falls in those […]

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Multiple system atrophy – the cousin of Parkinson’s disease

“He didn’t want the kids to think he was drunk, so he stopped coming to their soccer practice and games.” George’s family knew then… something wasn’t right. When you think of your family and friends, who is the person always up for a laugh or always greets you with a warm embrace? For the Kostakis family and their friends, George […]

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Our progressive research offers new hope across all ages

The most important investment in our country, from both a social and economic perspective, is in the well-being of its citizens through health and medical research. Tackling the growing impact of mental illness is imperative, and given our ageing population, the neurodegenerative conditions mean that over 350,000 Australians are living with dementia. This requires a sustained and comprehensive commitment from […]

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Fight, flight or … faint? Why some people pass out when they see blood or feel pain

Most people find the sight of blood or a hypodermic needle enough to cause some discomfort, but why do some people faint when faced with them? If you’re someone who finds yourself sweating about your upcoming flu jab, you might have your prehistoric ancestors to thank. Phobias are part of the anxiety disorder family. They are thought to arise because […]

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