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Vital ingredient for blood vessel formation found

25 March, 2019

The breakthrough offers a new direction for treating a host of serious conditions — from diabetes to stroke — and explains why other promising treatments have failed.

The science of sleep

12 March, 2019

Two separate studies published in recent weeks have revealed how sleep strengthens the immune system and cleans the brain — so long as you get enough of it.

Weaker antibodies make elders more susceptible to flu

07 March, 2019

The influenza vaccine may be less effective in the elderly because their B cells are less capable of producing antibodies that can adapt to protect against new viral strains.

Antibiotic resistance: adaptation, transmission and prevention

04 March, 2019

Recent studies into antibiotic resistance have revealed how this phenomenon occurs in the first place, how it spreads between bacteria and how to stop it in its tracks.

$35m to fast-track rheumatic heart disease vaccine

27 February, 2019

The new funding will enable the manufacture and testing of a number of Strep A vaccines currently being developed and fast-tracking of clinical trials in Australia.

Crohn's disease treatment could lie in patients' own cells

22 February, 2019

UK researchers developed cells from Crohn's disease patients with a molecule called RAR568, which makes the cells behave more like cells from healthy people.

Older sperm produce healthier offspring

21 February, 2019

Sperm that live for longer before fertilising an egg produce healthier offspring, according to new research in zebrafish.

Reprogrammed pancreatic cells relieve diabetes in mice

19 February, 2019

Some human pancreatic cells can be reprogrammed to produce insulin, potentially compensating for the loss or dysfunction of cells that naturally produce this hormone.

$10 million funding for phenomics research

13 February, 2019

The Australian Government has announced a $10 million investment in the Translational Phenomics Initiative.

Link between gut bacteria and mental health identified

12 February, 2019

Researchers have identified specific gut bacteria linked to depression and provided evidence that a wide range of gut bacteria can produce neuroactive compounds.

Scientists engineer Zika-resistant mosquitoes

08 February, 2019

A synthetic anti-Zika gene has been injected into mosquito embryos, preventing them from picking up the virus when feeding.

FPIES is the food allergy you've never heard of

05 February, 2019

Immunologists are seeking to boost awareness of food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome (FPIES) — an allergic reaction in the stomach that is often misdiagnosed.

Cellular recycling process stops cancer before it starts

29 January, 2019

Scientists have found that a cellular recycling process called autophagy, previously thought to fuel cancer's growth, can actually prevent it.

Golden staph on the rise in Vic and WA communities

22 January, 2019

While the number of golden staph (Staphylococcus aureus) infections in hospitals have declined over the last few years, the number of infections acquired outside hospitals are on the rise.

Promiscuous female fruit flies alter behaviour in males

21 January, 2019

Promiscuity in female fruit flies reduces male competition before mating, while increasing their competition to fertilise the female's eggs after mating.

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