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HMRI SPECIAL: NEW APPROACH FOR ASTHMA SUFFERERS

Asthma is an all-too common ailment, affecting around 10 per cent of Australians and alarmingly, deaths are on the rise. Hunter medical researchers have hit on a new approach – a vaccine that could change the way a form of the chronic disease is managed. In our final story for medical research week, we also examine other work that’s having a big impact for people with lung disease.

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HMRI SPECIAL: NEW DRUG HELPING STROKE SURVIVORS

Hunter scientists have been pioneers in the field of stroke research, their clot-busting techniques changing treatment protocols around the country. Now they’re pushing the boundaries further, trialling a method to physically remove clots from the brain. As our medical research series continues tonight, we also look at a drug that’s giving stroke survivors relief from crippling fatigue…and a chance at a better life.

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HMRI SPECIAL: NEW WEAPON HELPING FIGHT TYPE 2 DIABETES

Technology is changing the way many chronic diseases are managed and in the case of type one diabetes, a tech-led revolution is coming. Hunter medical researchers are developing a so-called artificial pancreas and along the way, have come up with a smartphone app to help patients better manage the crippling condition. As our series continues tonight, we examine a potential new weapon against type 2 diabetes, a compound found in red wine.

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HMRI HONOURS TOP RESEARCHERS

The Hunter’s top medical minds have been honoured at HMRI’s night of nights. Long-serving public health leader, Professor Julie Byles, has taken out the top gong – the Award for Research Excellence. It recognises her pioneering work for an ageing global population. Professor Byles, a world-renowned and respected expert in gerontology and geriatrics, serves as Director of the University of Newcastle’s Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing and co-directs the HMRI Public Health research program. She was also instrumental in establishing the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health in 1995 and continues to lead it. “Professor Byles’ research exemplifies both excellence and long-term commitment. She is a highly productive, passionate, generous and inspiring leader,” HMRI Director Professor Michael Nilsson said.

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PROMISING TREATMENT FOR MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best, and that theory could apply to an emerging treatment for the debilitating disease, multiple sclerosis. Scientists at the Hunter Medical Research Institute are trialling Vitamin D supplements for patients. It shows great promise, but in our final story for medical research week, we see how another simple concept – living life to the fullest – is also having an impact.

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NEWCASTLE RESEARCHERS TACKLE TEEN HEALTH

We know how important exercise is to good health, but keeping kids interested in sport is an increasingly big challenge. Researchers in Newcastle have hit on a winner, targeting the notoriously tricky teen years… and it’s about taking a more mature approach to fitness. As our series for Medical Research Week continues, we see how a CrossFit programme designed for adolescents is helping them achieve health AND academic goals.

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SPECIAL LOOK AT HOW TECHNOLOGY HELPS HEART ATTACK VICTIMS

It’s a terrifying medical episode where every second counts. Heart attack victims need expert attention fast, and that’s been a problem for people who live in the more remote reaches of our region. As our medical research week series continues, we see how, with some smart planning and the help of technology, patients are getting the treatment they need, sooner.

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NEW PROGRAM TO ENCOURAGE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Whether it’s a lack of time, money or motivation – there’s no shortage of things that can prevent us from being physically active. But the Hunter Medical Research Institute believes a new program, combining technology and the outdoors, could be the key.   HMRI is also encouraging people with Type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes to enter. For details on how to participate, call 49854060 or email parkfit@newcastle.edu.au

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WORLD-FIRST TRIAL OF NEW STROKE SCANNER

The Hunter region is the first in the world to trial a new piece of equipment, which has the potential to rapidly diagnose stroke and other traumatic brain injuries. The ‘Strokefinder’ works by emitting low-energy microwaves to detect bleeding patterns in the brain. With the potential for early detection, it could mean paramedics and emergency teams are able to administer treatment enroute to hospital. The trial will begin in the John Hunter Hospital’s emergency department, before being extended to ambulances. The first machine is expected to arrive by the middle of this year. We’ll bring you more details and pictures in NBN News at 6.

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