Health

  • Kids’ learning and health is shaped by genes

    Parents contribute genes that influence child development.

    It’s a hoary old debate: how much do our genes define how we grow and learn, and how much is due to the environment? ...

    Body and Mind February 16, 2018
  • Stem cancer vax offers strong promise

    In mice, stem cell-derived vaccine works against major cancers.

    A vaccine made from inactivated pluripotent stem cells has been shown to stimulate a strong immune system response ag...

    Medicine February 15, 2018
  • A safer and faster concussion diagnosis

    US authorities approve test that shortens brain imaging queues.

    A blood test designed to dramatically reduce the use of brain imaging for the diagnosis of concussion has been cleare...

    Medicine February 15, 2018
  • Antibiotic hunters hit pay dirt

    The solution to antibiotic resistance could come from soil.

    It might come as a surprise to learn that dirt, that canonical cause of infection, is also a megafactory for antibiot...

    Body and Mind February 12, 2018
  • Can bananas kill you?

    Does the potassium in bananas mean they’re a hazard?

    On the Internet there is a subset of websites called “mum blogs”, or more often “mommy blogs”, written by people conv...

    Nutrition February 11, 2018
  • Virtual cancers aid researchers

    Biobank brings cell-level detail to cancer study.

    In a world first, three scientists from the University of Newcastle and the Hunter Medical Research Institute, in New...

    Medicine February 11, 2018
  • Possible phone-cancer link no cause for alarm

    Cancers rise in rats and mice, but at exposure levels above normal.

    Two comprehensive studies into putative links between mobile phone radiation and cancer, conducted by United States N...

    Medicine February 8, 2018
  • Hospitalisations linked to antibiotics

    Higher risk of infections in kids whose mothers took antibiotics.

    Children born to mothers who were prescribed antibiotics during pregnancy have a 20% higher risk of subsequently bein...

    Body and Mind February 4, 2018
  • Cancer care quality depends on income

    Tomorrow is World Cancer Day, and the numbers are worrying.

    Poorer Australians with cancer have a 33% lower five-year survival rate than their wealthier counterparts, new data s...

    Medicine February 2, 2018
  • Cancer “vaccine” makes tumours vanish

    A DNA-antibody combination banishes cancer in mouse models.

    A combination of a tiny segment of DNA and a specific antibody injected into a solid tumour has been shown to remove ...

    Medicine February 1, 2018
  • Alzheimer’s blood test developed

    Researchers conclude hunt for effective diagnostic method.

    A combined Australian-Japanese research project has produced a potentially revolutionary blood test for the detection...

    Medicine January 31, 2018
  • Testing robot help for stroke victims

    Researchers are calling for volunteers to trial new therapy.

    Researchers from the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences at the University of Queensland, Australia, are ...

    Medicine January 31, 2018
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