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Blocking a survival mechanism in melanoma

03 December, 2019

The effectiveness of current treatments for melanoma could be improved by using approaches that wipe out the 'survival system' of cancer cells.


Contraceptive drug helps protect against cervical cancer

27 November, 2019

MPA, the active ingredient in the common contraceptive injection Depo-Provera, can prevent the development of cervical cancer in mice with precancerous lesions.


Low-dose drug combo fights cancer without the side effects

25 November, 2019

Scientists have discovered a promising mix of four components, called C2, that can kill tumour cells while leaving healthy cells undamaged.


New strain of HIV discovered

11 November, 2019

Scientists have confirmed a new subtype of HIV, called HIV-1 group M subtype L — the first new subtype of 'group M' HIV virus to be identified since 2000.


Parents-to-be advised to avoid alcohol

04 November, 2019

Consumption of alcohol should be avoided during pregnancy and even before conception, according to new research.


Slowing the progression of diabetic kidney disease

01 November, 2019

Monash University researchers have discovered how a key immune system pathway causes inflammation in people with diabetes.


Chronic IBS pain caused by 'gut itch'

31 October, 2019

The receptors that cause irritated, itchy skin also exist in the human gut. These receptors activate neurons, which cause IBS patients to experience chronic gut pain.


Maternal obesity raises disease, defect risks in offspring

30 October, 2019

The effects of maternal obesity pass across generations to offspring, accelerating the rate of ageing of metabolic problems that occur in normal life.


Wild poliovirus type 3 eradicated worldwide

28 October, 2019

Wild poliovirus type 3 (WPV3) is the second strain of the poliovirus to be wiped out, following the certification of the eradication of WPV2 in 2015.


BRCA2 gene fault, fertility issues raise prostate cancer risk

16 October, 2019

Risk of prostate cancer is higher in men who carry the BRCA2 gene fault, as well as those who have pursued assisted reproduction due to infertility.


What's the link between snoring and heart disease?

15 October, 2019

A brain chemical could be responsible for triggering heart disease and high blood pressure in people with the snoring condition obstructive sleep apnoea.


Early gluten intake linked to type 1 diabetes risk

09 October, 2019

Researchers have shown that a child's intake of gluten at age 18 months is associated with a 46% increased risk of developing type 1 diabetes for each extra 10 g of gluten consumed per day.


LH dipeptide may improve mental health

24 September, 2019

The dipeptide leucine–histidine (LH) — found in fermented foods such as blue cheese and natto (fermented soy beans) — plays a role in suppressing microglial activation and depression-associated emotional disturbances.


Major diseases can be caused by depression

11 September, 2019

Researchers have found a causal relationship between depression and 20 distinct diseases, including asthma, coronary heart disease, high cholesterol, oesophagitis, gastroenteritis, E. coli infections and urinary system disorders.


Preventing the spread of pancreatic cancer

09 September, 2019

Two separate studies have uncovered explanations for why pancreatic cancers are so difficult to contain — and suggested innovative new methods to combat this.


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