Medicine

  • At-home dialysis for the cost of a bag of chips

    A new, low-cost device looks likely to deliver life-saving dialysis to patients around the world ...

    A new low-carbon-footprint dialysis treatment might soon be available for the cost of a bag of chips. Sydney-based...

    Medicine October 11, 2021
  • What's the deal with placebo pills? | Cosmos Weekly Taster

    “Honest placebo pills” are on the market, but does the science support them?

    This article on the placebo effect first appeared in Cosmos Weekly on 1 October 2021. For more stories like this, sub...

    Medicine October 8, 2021
  • Undiagnosed endometriosis compromises fertility treatment

    There’s more evidence – if any were needed – to underline the importance of correct diagnosis for...

    Undiagnosed endometriosis can drastically affect a woman’s ability to fall pregnant as well as the success of any fer...

    Medicine October 6, 2021
  • How can we treat COVID-19?

    As Australia begins to reopen and moves away from COVID zero, we will increasingly have to rely o...

    The effect of high vaccination rates, particularly in New South Wales, is slowly becoming apparent. Daily cases are n...

    COVID October 4, 2021
  • Frederick Banting’s search for insulin

    Canadian Nobel Prize winner led the charge for a treatment for diabetes.

    Frederick Grant Banting’s career in medicine did not get off to an auspicious start. According to the Canadian Enc...

    Health October 3, 2021
  • Placebo effect

    “Honest placebo pills” are on the market, but does the science support them?

    The website for Zeebo Relief tablets reads like any other suspiciously vague alternative health treatment. “Help you ...

    Medicine October 1, 2021
  • Video

    Life-saving portable X-ray machines

    A CT scanner on an ambulance is a huge engineering challenge – but it could save lives.

    Can a CT scanner fit onto an ambulance? Why would you even want to do it? Portable X-Ray machines are not only more c...

    Engineering September 28, 2021
  • History

    Paul Ehrlich's magic bullet

    The Nobel Prize–winning immunologist who inspired a Hollywood biopic.

    Once in a while, the entertainment industry tires of making movies about comic-book characters and looks to science h...

    Medicine September 26, 2021
  • Magazine

    Message in a bottle

    The potential of mRNA technology goes well beyond COVID into some of our most prevalent diseases,...

    In 1989, when Katalin Karikó submitted her first grant application to develop messenger RNA-based gene therapy, she k...

    Australia September 20, 2021
  • Chronic pain can hurt your feelings

    Living with persisting pain can disrupt the way your brain processes emotions.

    For too long, people living with chronic pain have been stigmatised for not coping with the negative emotions associa...

    Australia September 10, 2021
  • What does science say about fracking?

    Researchers question why Australia is still pursuing fracking despite risks to human health and t...

    The federal government recently awarded $50 million in grants to private energy companies to fund the exploratory dri...

    Australia September 8, 2021
  • Fertility clinics reap rich payments from pharmaceutical companies

    The need for transparency of company sponsorship is essential, Australian and New Zealand clinici...

    How much sponsorship is given to fertility clinics by pharmaceutical companies in Australia? Millions, according to a...

    Australia September 6, 2021
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