When did something like us first appear on the planet?
Our societies and world evolved rapidly in the past 300,000 years, while our brains evolved slowly. We expanded our numbers toalmost eight billion, spread across the globe, reshaped the planet. We did it not by adapting our brains but by changing our cultures. And much of the difference between our ancient, simple hunter-gatherer societies and modern societies just reflects the fact that there are lots more of us and more connections between us.
Researchers at The University of Queensland will progress toward a trial to see if a specialised dietary fibre supplement is safe for use in children with type 1 diabetes after positive results in adults. With the increase of type I diabetes in the last 50 years, growing evidence is showing that changes in gut bacteria may hold a secret to the triggering of the disease. By targeting the gut microbiome with specialised dietary fibre supplements, researchers hope to see a low-cost approach to prevention and glucose management. | https://medicine.uq.edu.au/article/2021/07/diabetes-research-challenging-paramount
Researchers at the University of Queensland and WEHI have identified a new generation anti-cancer drug that could be repurposed for aggressive childhood brain tumour, medulloblastoma. The international collaboration spent five years mapping the genetics of this common and fatal brain cancer for children. The existing drug has been approved for other diseases or cancers but never tested in paediatric brain tumours. Ixabepilone which is used to treat breast cancer, was found to block tumour growth and significantly extend survival rates in preclinical models. | https://www.uq.edu.au/news/node/129501