Medicine

  • Conversation

    Standard IVF is fine for most people. So why are so many offered an expensive sperm injection they don't need?

    New research shows ICSI isn’t helpful in lots of cases.

    By Robert Norman and Ben W. Mol, Monash University An expensive IVF technique, routinely offered in fertility clin...

    Medicine April 24, 2021
  • COVID Booster

    Five things we learned about COVID this week.

    Time seemed to pass more slowly during the UK’s second lockdown A team of UK researchers has examined the way peop...

    Medicine April 24, 2021
  • Australian mRNA vaccines?

    A funding boost should see us manufacturing mRNA vaccines onshore in coming years.

    Yesterday the Victorian Government announced a $50 million investment to set up a facility to develop and manufacture...

    Medicine April 22, 2021
  • Cosmos Q&A: Predicting the next pandemic

    Accurately assessing the risk from zoonotic viruses is harder than we think.

    As the world grapples with the devastating impact of COVID-19, many are wondering – when will the next pandemic hit, ...

    Medicine April 21, 2021
  • How is India dealing with its second wave?

    Vaccination surges ahead, but the country faces shortages of doses, hospital beds and ventilators.

    Despite the vaccine rollout, India is grappling with a devastating second wave of COVID-19 cases. Recently, one-third...

    Medicine April 21, 2021
  • COVID Booster

    Five things we learned about COVID this week.

    Physical inactivity a risk factor for severe COVID and death A paper published in BMJ Sports has established a lin...

    Medicine April 17, 2021
  • Vaccine efficacy on variants

    How do we know if current vaccines will be effective against new variants?

    The emerging of new COVID variants around the globe is raising concerns on whether these might blunt the efficacy of ...

    Medicine April 16, 2021
  • How do COVID variants emerge?

    Evidence suggests that people with weak immune systems may be accelerating mutations.

    Since its first appearance in Wuhan, China, SARS-CoV2 has been acquiring random mutations. In recent months several n...

    Medicine April 15, 2021
  • Covid Booster: herd immunity and nature nurture

    5 things we learned about COVID this week.

    Herd immunity is impossible without vaccination A review led by Australian researchers has found that no country h...

    Medicine April 10, 2021
  • COVID vaccines: where the bloody hell are we?

    New AstraZeneca advice puts a spanner in the works, so what are our alternatives?

    Australia’s vaccine rollout program is now being overhauled due to new recommendations regarding the AstraZeneca vacc...

    Medicine April 9, 2021
  • Focus

    AstraZeneca vaccine: clot or not?

    The AstraZeneca vaccine’s rollout has now been limited. Is there a clear answer as to whether it ...

    In mid-March, several European countries paused the distribution of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine following report...

    Medicine April 9, 2021
  • Chronic pain in women could be genetic

    Men and women have a different set of chronic pain genes.

    Women tend to be more greatly affected by chronic pain, which may be due to differences in the group of genes that in...

    Medicine April 9, 2021
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