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Health Factoid: Why You Have Trouble Sleeping During a Heatwave

Posted: January 28th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Cankler Science News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Health Factoid: Why You Have Trouble Sleeping During a Heatwave

Health Factoid-Why You Have Trouble Sleeping During a HeatwaveThe morning after a sweltering summer night, you’ve tossed and turned, sweated in your sheets, many may experience a rude awakening.

You know the feeling, you wake up feeling groggy, tired, irritable, almost like you have a hangover.

In Australia temperatures like last week’s heatwave – which saw suburbs stay at around 30 degrees Celsius overnight – and with hot days expected throughout the southern summer, sleep disruption is going to be a regular pain in the neck.

While the body’s core temperature generally hovers steadily around 37C, there is a potential for it to rise and develop into a fever if the surface temperature cannot be cooled and a room remains hot :: Read the full article »»»»


Long Term Australian Health Study Finds Increased Risk of Diabetes and Obesity

Posted: August 19th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Cankler Science News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Long Term Australian Health Study Finds Increased Risk of Diabetes and Obesity

ObesityIt’s one of the most complex health issues facing the developed world in this 21st century, and it seems the harder we look into obesity, the more complex it becomes. Long gone is the simple ethos “food in = energy out.”

Researchers are battling to come to terms with what can only be described as an epidemic. A third of the world’s adult population is physically inactive, the couch-potato lifestyle kills about 5 million people every year, experts contributing to a special feature in the medical journal The Lancet say.

“Roughly three of every 10 individuals aged 15 years or older – about 1.5 billion people – do not reach present physical activity recommendations,” Dr Pedro Hallal and colleagues said in a report that described the problem as a pandemic.

Complicating an already complicated issue, a 2012 study by researchers at Georgetown University revealed how the mutation in a single gene can be responsible for the inability of neurons to effectively pass along appetite suppressing signals from the body to the right place in the brain.

Australian researchers have just undertaken one of the most comprehensive studies tracking the health of the nation. The findings paint a disturbing picture of the nation’s battle with diabetes and obesity. The AusDiab study was funded through a National Health and Medical Research Council grant and followed 11,000 Australians for 12 years :: Read the full article »»»»


Science Fact or Fiction Survey Confuddles Australians

Posted: July 17th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Cankler Science News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Science Fact or Fiction Survey Confuddles Australians

Science Fact or Fiction Survey Confuddles AustraliansMore than 40 percent of Australians don’t know how long it takes the Earth to travel around the sun, according to a new survey, which also dug-up that nearly 30 percent of Australians didn’t know if humans lived at the same time as dinosaurs.

The Australian Academy of Science surveyed more than 1,500 people, asking them very basic scientific questions.

The survey is a repeat of a 2010 questionnaire, asking the same basic questions, it seems we’ve slowed our thinking – as a nation – way back in 2010 more than 70 percent knew that the earth took a year to travel around the sun.

The surveys author says it’s a wake-up call, he’s also worried that our knowledge of basic science might devolve even further, blaming popular culture and an insufficient school curriculum. We’re not alone however, the US seems to suffer similar symptoms  :: Read the full article »»»»