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05.05.2020

A t-shirt that monitors your breathing? It’s not science fiction

 Associate Professors Gaetano Gargiulo and Paul Breen examining new Saiiv technology developed at Western Sydney University’s MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development   Imagine a t-shirt that can monitor your breathing, your heart rate, your temperature, even your unborn baby’s kicks and heartbeat. While it may sound like something from a sci-fi film, researchers…

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13.04.2020

Hope, resilience and spirituality: the other side of trauma care

Faced with life-changing adversity, some people cope extremely well. Unfortunately, many others, who are faced with the same (or similar) challenges, struggle as stress, anxiety and depression set in. The question that inevitably arises is: why? Why does one person cope, while another flounders? And what adaptive responses do they utilise that make the difference?…

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07.04.2020

People with eating disorders triggered by heightened focus on food during COVID-19

During these unprecedented times, many of us are worried, not only about the coronavirus itself, but also about food and the public’s perceived need to stockpile. This incorrect assumption about the scarcity of food has resulted in shortages and empty supermarket shelves. For some people, these shortages may be nothing more than an annoyance while…

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24.03.2020

Australian researchers work to eradicate Tuberculosis

In 2015, there were 10.4 million cases of tuberculosis (TB) worldwide and 1.8 million deaths from the disease. And no… that’s not a typo. To further emphasise just how deadly the disease actually is: tuberculosis continues to kill around 4,000 people globally each day. No, that’s not a typo either…. that’s 4,000 people every day!…

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17.03.2020

Creating harmony through football

Migrating to a new country poses some significant issues around belonging but one program has tackled this issue with a novel approach: football. The Multicultural Futsal Series (‘M-Series’) project (www.facebook.com/M.Series.Futsal.KGV) which commenced last year, is the brainchild of Jarrod Galbraith-Marten from STARTTS, who realised there was a need to develop a  program which could provide…

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17.03.2020

Tackling childhood obesity in South West Sydney

Jaryd (not his real name) is 11 years old and weighs 187kg. Aiya (not her real name) is two and has symptoms of pre-diabetes and high blood pressure. They are only two of the 44,000 children and young people (CYP) living in South West Sydney who are obese. For these CYP, childhood is often tainted…

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