[ASC-media] ECU Science COHESION Magazine - August 2013 Edition

Nardia BORDAS n.bordas at ecu.edu.au
Mon Sep 2 10:46:40 CEST 2013


Dear ASC Members,
Here is our Faculty's community magazine, COHESION.  This edition contains several stories from the School of Natural Sciences under the Environment and Sustainability heading below, covering such diverse topics as exposure to metals in Zambia and how WA plants vary their water content.  Let me know if you'd like more information on a particular story.
In science,
Nardia Bordas (associate member)
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Message from the editor

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In this second issue of COHESION for 2013 we are pleased to feature some of the research projects recently completed by staff and students in the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science. We hope you find the articles interesting and the range of topics informative. Researchers in the Faculty are all excited by the research they undertake and are keen to share their findings with the community.

We welcome your feedback and input on COHESION Magazine, this can be sent to the COHESION team at cohesion at ecu.edu.au<mailto:cohesion at ecu.edu.au>.

Professor Will Stock
Editor




Statistical spotlight brings certainty to dementia data

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The incidence of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and other forms of dementia has been substantially under-estimated among the Chinese population, and quite possibly among the ageing populations of other countries, according to a ground-breaking meta-analysis just published in Lancet.

Professor Wei Wang, at ECU's School of Medical Sciences, is a member of the research team whose paper is currently drawing worldwide attention. more<http://www.ecu.edu.au/faculties/computing-health-and-science/news-and-events/cohesion-magazine/editions/2013/august-2013/articles/cohesion-0813/2013/08/statistical-spotlight-brings-certainty-to-dementia-data>


Engineering and ICT

Diamond-like-carbon to bolster prosthetic hips<http://www.ecu.edu.au/faculties/computing-health-and-science/news-and-events/cohesion-magazine/editions/2013/august-2013/articles/cohesion-0813/2013/08/diamond-like-carbon-to-bolster-prosthetic-hips>
Significant improvements in load and durability derived from DLC coatings.




Nanocomposites jump the toughness barrier<http://www.ecu.edu.au/faculties/computing-health-and-science/news-and-events/cohesion-magazine/editions/2013/august-2013/articles/cohesion-0813/2013/08/nanocomposites-jump-the-toughness-barrier>
High-tech manufacturing benefits from another of Nature's secrets, unlocked.



Environment and Sustainability

Banksia response to reducing groundwater examined<http://www.ecu.edu.au/faculties/computing-health-and-science/news-and-events/cohesion-magazine/editions/2013/august-2013/articles/cohesion-0813/2013/08/banksia-response-to-reducing-groundwater-examined>
Can groundwater-dependent plants adapt to falling water tables?




Climate survival: It's an open and shut case for plants<http://www.ecu.edu.au/faculties/computing-health-and-science/news-and-events/cohesion-magazine/editions/2013/august-2013/articles/cohesion-0813/2013/08/climate-survival-its-an-open-and-shut-case-for-plants>
Faced with a drier climate, some plant species will succeed and some will fail.




Offshore heatwave alters marine ecosystem<http://www.ecu.edu.au/faculties/computing-health-and-science/news-and-events/cohesion-magazine/editions/2013/august-2013/articles/cohesion-0813/2013/08/offshore-heatwave-alters-marine-ecosystem>
The complexity of climate change is compounded by irregular events.




Perth student examines Zambia's Copperbelt<http://www.ecu.edu.au/faculties/computing-health-and-science/news-and-events/cohesion-magazine/editions/2013/august-2013/articles/cohesion-0813/2013/08/perth-student-examines-zambias-copperbelt>
Toenail clippings provide insight into people's exposure to mining.



Health and Wellness

Easing pressure on hospital revolving doors<http://www.ecu.edu.au/faculties/computing-health-and-science/news-and-events/cohesion-magazine/editions/2013/august-2013/articles/cohesion-0813/2013/08/easing-pressure-on-hospital-revolving-doors>
Better communication can avoid readmissions of older patients.




Managers nursing a generational headache<http://www.ecu.edu.au/faculties/computing-health-and-science/news-and-events/cohesion-magazine/editions/2013/august-2013/articles/cohesion-0813/2013/08/managers-nursing-a-generational-headache>
Managing the expectations and attitudes of four generations of nurses.




National collaboration leads to Alzheimer's blood test breakthrough<http://www.ecu.edu.au/faculties/computing-health-and-science/news-and-events/cohesion-magazine/editions/2013/august-2013/articles/cohesion-0813/2013/08/national-collaboration-leads-to-alzheimers-blood-test-breakthrough>
Blood test aims to detect Alzheimer's disease in its most early stages.




Optometrists to get first look at detecting Alzheimer's<http://www.ecu.edu.au/faculties/computing-health-and-science/news-and-events/cohesion-magazine/editions/2013/august-2013/articles/cohesion-0813/2013/08/optometrists-to-get-first-look-at-detecting-alzheimers>
A cheap, simple and non-invasive test to pick up the first signs of this disease.




Statistical spotlight brings certainty to dementia data<http://www.ecu.edu.au/faculties/computing-health-and-science/news-and-events/cohesion-magazine/editions/2013/august-2013/articles/cohesion-0813/2013/08/statistical-spotlight-brings-certainty-to-dementia-data>
Our plans for an ageing population have questionable foundations.




Testing targeted treatments for melanoma<http://www.ecu.edu.au/faculties/computing-health-and-science/news-and-events/cohesion-magazine/editions/2013/august-2013/articles/cohesion-0813/2013/08/testing-targeted-treatments-for-melanoma>
Liquid biopsies could allow better treatment of people with melanoma.




Under-reporting of energy intake in elderly Australian women is associated with obesity<http://www.ecu.edu.au/faculties/computing-health-and-science/news-and-events/cohesion-magazine/editions/2013/august-2013/articles/cohesion-0813/2013/08/under-reporting-of-energy-intake-in-elderly-australian-women-is-associated-with-obesity>
Understanding what an obese person eats is vital in its management.



Security

Experts look skyward for records safeguard<http://www.ecu.edu.au/faculties/computing-health-and-science/news-and-events/cohesion-magazine/editions/2013/august-2013/articles/cohesion-0813/2013/08/experts-look-skyward-for-records-safeguard>
Hope that cloud computing may make medical records storage more secure.



Social and Community

Women's sexuality: Idealised model remains an elusive dream<https://www.ecu.edu.au/faculties/computing-health-and-science/news-and-events/cohesion-magazine/editions/2013/august-2013/articles/cohesion-0813/2013/08/womens-sexuality-idealised-model-remains-an-elusive-dream>
Sexual expectations can cause relationship difficulties.








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