COVID-19 news and trends
A digest of science and reporting @ 25 September.
The numbers Global COVID-19 deaths are set to pass the one million mark in coming days. The grim champion of most ...
Assessing the various vaccine technologies
They take different approaches to preparing your immune system.
By Suresh Mahalingam and Adam Taylor, Griffith University The World Health Organisation lists about 180 COVID-19 v...
New insights into flu risk during pregnancy
Research suggests infection heightens immune response.
Researchers in Australia and Ireland may have discovered why influenza affects pregnant women so severely, sometimes ...
Surprising insights into sleep’s purpose
Study raises questions about its role in early childhood.
Humans (and other animals) need sleep as much as they need water and oxygen, and considering we spend about a third o...
COVID-19 news and trends
A digest of science and reporting @ 18 September.
The numbers As total case numbers approached 30 million, the World Health Organisation (WHO) reported on 14 Septem...
Is the Mozart Effect a real thing?
New analysis suggests we should at least keep exploring.
The idea that listening to Mozart can help people with epilepsy has been around since the early 1990s. It has been...
Assessing the risks of dying from COVID-19
Two studies put numbers around the British experience.
Two papers just published in the medical journal The BMJ provide new insights into the risk of dying from COVID-19. ...
The immune response to COVID-19 vaccines
Here are five reasons why we’re not all the same.
By Paul Gill and Menno van Zelm, Monash University The Oxford vaccine trial at the centre of safety concerns this ...
Genome sequencing may help cancer detection
Statistical model assesses risk to the oesophagus.
British researchers have developed a statistical model that uses genomic data to predict the risk of developing cance...
Sleep ‘cleans’ the brain
But daytime napping might not work as well.
Sleep has critical roles in health and regeneration, and one of those is clearing the brain of metabolic waste, accor...
Honeybee venom kills breast cancer cells
Research reveals impact on signalling pathways.
Venom from honeybees, but not bumblebees, has the potential to help fight breast cancer, new Australian research sugg...
Strategies behind the great vaccine race
Some developers are choosing to play the long game.
The race is on for a vaccine that will bring the COVID-19 pandemic to heel. Dozens of contenders from around the worl...