Medicine

  • Stem cell research guidelines changed

    New international guidelines relax “14-day rule”.

    For the first time in five years, the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) has updated its guidelines...

    Medicine May 27, 2021
  • Indian variant strain of SARS-CoV-2 detected in Melbourne

    What does this mean and what should I do?

    Evidence of a SARS-CoV-2 strain was recently detected in Melbourne wastewater, leading to the detection of 26 locally...

    Medicine May 26, 2021
  • HPV vaccine success in gay and bisexual men

    Study shows a significant reduction after vaccination of young men.

    A significant reduction in four vaccine-preventable human papillomavirus (HPV) strains was seen after a vaccine progr...

    Medicine May 25, 2021
  • Could a nasal spray protect you from COVID-19?

    Heparin might work as a short-term protective shield against COVID-19 when squirted up the nose b...

    Researchers from the University of Melbourne have observed that spraying heparin on epithelial cells stops SARS-CoV-2...

    Medicine May 25, 2021
  • COVID Booster

    Five things we learned about COVID this week.

    An accurate saliva COVID test A group of US researchers has developed a saliva-based test for SARS-CoV-2 that can ...

    Medicine May 22, 2021
  • Potential blood cancer therapy shows promise

    Researchers encouraged by laboratory trials of a new treatment for multiple myeloma.

    Scientists conducting a preclinical study at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (the ‘Peter Mac’), in Melbourne, belie...

    Medicine May 21, 2021
  • How do we vaccinate the world?

    It’s going to require a global effort – from which much of the globe is excluded.

    Much as isolated Australians might like to pretend otherwise, COVID-19 continues to fill mortuaries across the world....

    Medicine May 21, 2021
  • Australia’s path to mRNA vaccine production

    The need for a facility is clear, but how feasible is it really?

    Could Australia have its own mRNA vaccine production operation soon? Victoria has announced $50 million in funding fo...

    Medicine May 20, 2021
  • Can I get two different COVID-19 vaccines?

    Combining different COVID-19 shots could speed immunisation campaigns. Would it be safe and effec...

    A UK study launched in February is comparing combinations of the AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines in a bid to ease the...

    Medicine May 20, 2021
  • Hesitant about COVID-19 vaccines? You're not alone

    People have the right to ask questions, experts say: but the Australian Government really needs t...

    The latest data from the COVID-19 vaccine preparedness study see Australians’ intention to get a COVID-19 vaccine, po...

    Medicine May 19, 2021
  • COVID Booster

    Five things science learned about COVID-19 this week.

    Pandemic affected Australia’s mental health Around one in five Australians had an increase in symptoms and intensi...

    Medicine May 15, 2021
  • Fighting COVID-19 with an oxygen enema?

    Mammalian bum-breathers survive with posterior ventilation.

    Rarely is COVID-19 the butt of jokes, but new research on bum-breathing could point to a new avenue for oxygen ventil...

    Medicine May 15, 2021
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