Michele Tydd

is an Illawarra-based freelance journalist.

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Life April 25, 2020

The mysteries of mitochondrial disease

Mitochondrial disease affects one Australian baby born each week. While calls to legalise targeted IVF to combat the illness grow louder, research is also increasing into the late onset of the condition in adults.

Health February 01, 2020

CAR T-cell cancer therapy

A new form of immunotherapy that harvests T cells from a patient’s blood, genetically modifies them and delivers them back into the bloodstream is bringing new hope to leukaemia sufferers.

Health November 09, 2019

Nimbin’s recreational cannabis trial

Medicinal cannabis may be garnering the majority of research attention but a new study by Monash University is investigating how the ratio of chemical compounds in the drug affects long-term recreational users.

Health July 27, 2019

Childless men

A new study into men who choose not to have children looks at the third-party scrutiny and judgement – and communication difficulties – that accompany the decision.

Life March 02, 2019

Surviving a lightning strike

While deaths from lightning bolts instantly make headlines, for those who survive, ongoing and little understood health issues may continue to manifest long after the initial strike.

Health October 06, 2018

DIY diabetic systems

For many type 1 diabetes sufferers, the lengthy approval process for artificial pancreas technology has led them to make their own devices. But it’s a move that could have complicated legal ramifications for their treating physicians.

News September 08, 2018

Syphilis in northern communities

As an infectious syphilis epidemic continues to ravage northern Australia – now threatening the lives of newborn babies – Indigenous sexual health specialist James Ward is leading a campaign to help remote communities.

Health July 14, 2018

The pressures of living with sick or disabled siblings

While children with a disability or chronic illness are seen as being in need of support, their siblings may be left struggling to cope with their complex family dynamic.

Health June 16, 2018

Reversing alopecia

While alopecia areata poses no long-term threat to general health, psychological effects can be severe. Will a new drug trial hold the key to reversing the condition?

Health May 19, 2018

The benefits of plant-based eating

While vegans and vegetarians are sometimes regarded with scepticism, nutritional experts suggest Australians’ health could benefit greatly from an increased intake of plant-based foods.

Health April 28, 2018

Combatting prostate cancer

For most men, a diagnosis of prostate cancer comes with news of an excellent survival rate. But the challenges of the illness can run far beyond the cancer itself.

Health February 23, 2018

Tattoos and skin cancer

The trend among young people to get large, elaborate tattoos could seriously hinder future detection of skin cancers.

Health December 15, 2017

Virtual reality and dementia

Using gaming technology to transport carers and family members into the mind of a dementia patient is revolutionising understanding of this debilitating degenerative condition.

Health November 18, 2017

Early menopause and fertility-related genetic conditions

Large numbers of younger women are being told they’ve undergone early menopause, but some medical experts are concerned the diagnosis is far too simplistic.

Health August 11, 2017

Noise and aviation safety

Studies into the serious effects of noise on health are now being applied to aviation safety, with concerning results.

Health July 15, 2017

Robots in healthcare

Already widely used in task-based factory work, robots are now being developed with social and emotional intelligence for service in healthcare capacities as support for sick children and the elderly.

Health May 27, 2017

Cutting-edge research into corneal transplants

Ongoing research by an Australian team into the treatment of eye surface damage has the potential to restore vision and eliminate the need for third-party corneal donors.

Health April 29, 2017

Design for wellbeing in healthy houses

As the World Health Organisation works on a set of guidelines for ‘healthy housing’, a Melbourne architect is exploring creative ways to help people with health-related requirements.

Health April 07, 2017

Supporting mental health carers

A new study reveals not just the fiscal value of unpaid support by carers of loved ones suffering from mental illness, but also the need to help the helpers.

Health March 04, 2017

Ménière’s disease and hearing disorders

Hearing impairment is underestimated and costly, but a new inquiry is set to amplify attention on the problem.

Health February 04, 2017

Biology-inspired smart fabrics

A UNSW professor has created a type of fabric that replicates bone tissue, with potential for wide-ranging medical, commercial and safety applications.

Health December 09, 2016

Men and Parenting Pathways study

An ongoing study into men’s attitudes to fatherhood and its associated pressures aims to uncover useful coping strategies and ultimately save lives.

Health November 05, 2016

Magnetic technology for early onset scoliosis

For sufferers of early onset scoliosis, new magnetic technology is helping to correct deformity without the need for multiple invasive procedures.

Health October 15, 2016

The science of sleepwalking

Somnambulism affects an alarming number of people – particularly children – but despite its prevalence very little is known about its cause or possible interventions.

Health August 20, 2016

Tourette syndrome and CBIT

Tourette syndrome affects one in 100 Australian children. Now, behavioural therapy is helping to obviate tics.

Health June 18, 2016

The world’s biggest sex survey

A ‘robust’ 10-yearly survey is laying bare the sexual practices of Australians, providing data for health workers and demystifying taboos.

Health May 07, 2016

Sopite syndrome as high-rise buildings sway

Tired of the office? Maybe it has less to do with work and more to do with the height of the building and the weather outside.

Health March 19, 2016

The CHAMP study into geriatric male health

A study of men aged over 70 is hoping to uncover the secrets to living a healthier, longer life.

Health November 21, 2015

Dementia researchers look to dogs for breakthroughs

A deaf, once-homeless cocker spaniel has become an unlikely weapon in the fight against dementia.