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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: FOOD ADDICTION

Many of us can probably relate to the idea of being food-obsessed at times, but what about the possibility of being addicted? Hunter scientists are exploring this emerging and controversial area of research, believing for a significant group of people, food addiction is very real. And as we continue our series tonight for medical research week, we also head into the great outdoors for an exercise programme that’s changing lives. To participate in the survey, click HERE.

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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 FEATURE: THE IMPACT OF DEMENTIA ON FAMILIES AND SOCIETY

It’s often described as a “long goodbye” – the slow and painful creep of dementia. More than 350-thousand Australians are currently living with the disease and that figure is growing at a rate for which, experts fear, we’re unprepared. Tonight, in the first part of a series for medical research week, we look at the profound impact of dementia on families and our broader society, plus a promising new therapy that’s literally been plucked out of “thin air”.

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HOLLYWOOD BLOCKBUSTERS HARNESSED IN SPECIAL PROGRAM

Hunter autism educators have harnessed the power of a Hollywood blockbuster to help children better understand their emotions. An online learning course, based on the hit movie Inside Out, is having huge success… and has even caught the attention of tech-giant, Apple. To sign up for bootcamp head HERE and to learn more about “Explore Your Emotions, Inside and Out”, check out the Facebook page of Autism Spectrum Australia.

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DARTBROOK MINE COULD BE SOLD TO AUSTRALIAN PACIFIC COAL

Former mining magnate Nathan Tinkler could once again have a presence in the Hunter Valley. The controversial businessman – who’s the Chief Executive of Australian Pacific Coal – is in negotiations to buy the Dartbrook operation near Aberdeen. Anglo American is seeking to sell its 83 per cent share in the mine for up to $50-million. Dartbrook is currently in care and maintenance mode. The deal is expected to be done by mid next year.

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BUSINESS BOOMING FOR NEWCASTLE ARTIST

The Melbourne Cup carnival is over for another year, and the frocks and fascinators packed away, but one Newcastle artist is still revelling in the attention it’s brought her burgeoning business. Pegi Lea’s bold headpieces created a stir at Flemington, a hit at the track and on social media. And the story of the young woman behind the brand, is just as intriguing as her designs. [s3bubbleVideoSingle bucket=”nbnnews” track=”pegilea091115.mp4″ aspect=”16:9″ autoplay=”false” download=”false” cloudfront=”” start=”false” finish=”false” /]

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