Now you see it, now you don’t
A blind fish is helping scientists understand eye diseases.
The Mexican cavefish (Astyanax mexicanus) occurs in two distinct forms. A sighted version lives in open streams, and ...
Statins link to breast cancer protection
Study finds better outcomes for women on best-selling drug.
If you have been diagnosed with, or are at higher risk of getting, breast cancer, you might want to be on a cholester...
Pop songs can save lives
A 25-year-old disco hit can be very useful in an emergency.
Should you be at risk of a heart attack it might be an idea to keep company with fans of 1990s Euro-disco. That’s th...
Uni seeks people in chronic pain
Research program aims to explore perceptions and remedies.
Researchers from the University of Queensland in Australia are seeking volunteers to understand attitudes and knowled...
Mechanics of pesticide-Parkinson’s link revealed
Genetic mutation increases risk for agrochemical exposure.
Even very low levels of exposure to some common agricultural chemicals can boost the risk of Parkinson’s disease, acc...
Has alternative medicine been unfairly criticised?
Journal argues therapies have been berated by medicine.
Much like politics, raising the subject of complementary medicine at a dinner party can pose a serious threat to cong...
Biodegradable sensors promises better rehab
Implants may make decisions about post-op exercise simpler.
The “quantified self” – the new world of electronic wearables that get your measure on anything from heart rate to br...
Eating rattlesnake pills not recommended
Reports of salmonella cases from alleged ‘natural’ cancer cure.
Self-evidently, you might think, there are several reasons why it is not a good idea to take pills made from pulveris...
Warning issued on child virus
Three epidemics of little known infant disease revealed.
Australia is in the grip of an emerging viral disease that affects babies and can lead to intensive care admissions, ...
Blue sky research pays big dividends
Research finds many medicines began with basic discoveries.
The tussle between basic scientific research, curiosity-driven with only serendipitous practical outcomes, and the ap...
MDMA research meets Australian antipathy
Caution in medical community is slowing the progress.
In Australia attempts to establish a trial of MDMA have proven difficult. Sandy McFarlane, a PTSD researcher at the U...
Ketamine cure 'unlike any other treatment'
Evidence that it may be effective treatment for depression.
Unlike LSD or MDMA, the hallucinogen ketamine – aka the party drug Special K – is already a recognised pharmaceutical...