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Anorexia redefined as both metabolic and psychiatric

19 July, 2019

A large-scale genome-wide association study suggests that anorexia nervosa is at least partly a metabolic disorder, and not purely psychiatric as previously thought.

Vitamin D, fibre important for pre-eclampsia prevention

18 July, 2019

Simple dietary changes and more sunshine may be able to help women prevent pre-eclampsia, which can threaten the life and future health of both expectant mothers and their offspring.

Achieving a greater understanding of autism

10 July, 2019

Scientists have made a breakthrough in their understanding of the genetics of a common form of syndromic autism, while others are calling for the term "high-functioning autism" to be consigned to history.

Treating obesity and diabetes by tricking the brain

09 July, 2019

Professor Lora Heisler has revealed a way to harness the target of the brain chemical serotonin to combat the obesity (and related diabetes) epidemic.

Low vitamin D at birth raises risk of high blood pressure

08 July, 2019

Vitamin D deficiency from birth to early childhood is associated with an increased risk of elevated blood pressure in later childhood and adolescence.

Adolescence a critical period for schizophrenia patients

27 June, 2019

Researchers have discovered that the development of the hippocampus is severely impacted in adolescence following the onset of the first psychotic symptoms.

Melbourne researchers on the cusp of treating MND

19 June, 2019 by Lauren Davis

Melbourne-based scientists are trialling what could potentially be the most effective treatment for motor neurone disease developed so far.

Safer treatment for leukaemia discovered

11 June, 2019

By refining a therapeutic avenue that was previously abandoned because of its severe side effects, researchers came up with a targeted approach that is both effective and safe.

'Undetectable = untransmittable' holds up in HIV study

08 May, 2019

Researchers have shown that suppressive antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV reduces the virus load down to undetectable levels, meaning the virus is no longer transmissible.

Possible link between antidepressant use in pregnancy and autism

06 May, 2019

Researchers have found a potential link between autistic-like behaviour in adult mice and exposure to a common antidepressant in the womb.

Positive phase I results for colorectal cancer vaccine

03 May, 2019

A new colorectal cancer vaccine, developed by US researchers, has shown positive results in a phase I clinical trial to demonstrate that the approach is safe.

Signalling protein may be Achilles heel of pancreatic cancer

26 April, 2019

Scientists have shown how pancreatic stellate cells become activated and secrete proteins to form a shell around the tumour in an attempt to wall off and contain it.

Malaria vaccine launched in Malawi

25 April, 2019

Known as RTS,S, the vaccine will be made available first in Malawi, for access to children up to two years of age. Ghana and Kenya will introduce the vaccine in the coming weeks.

Zika research fast-tracked thanks to new technique

23 April, 2019

Scientists have used deep mutational scanning to uncover Zika mutations that help foster virus replication in mosquito hosts, while hindering its ability to replicate in mammals.

Gum bacteria implicated in Alzheimer's disease

17 April, 2019

Bacteria involved in gum disease can travel throughout the body, exuding toxins connected with Alzheimer's disease, rheumatoid arthritis and aspiration pneumonia.

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