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Babies' brain activity used to predict autism diagnosis

24 September, 2020

Signature brain activity in three-month-old infants has been used to predicted symptoms of autism spectrum disorder that wouldn't be visible until later in life.


'Breastfeeding' hormone present in new dads

10 September, 2020

New fathers are flooded with prolactin — the same chemical found in breastfeeding mothers — which unlocks the paternal instinct and helps to make them better dads.


Poor sleep raises blood pressure, alters gut microbiome

07 September, 2020

US researchers aimed to determine whether a 28-day period of disrupted sleep changed the gut microbiota in rats.


Preclinical results and a call for volunteers: UQ COVID study

02 September, 2020

The COVID-19 vaccine trial, which has produced positive indications about its potential effectiveness and manufacturability, is being expanded to an older demographic.


Immune cells 'exhausted' by severe viral infection

31 August, 2020

Researchers have identified mechanisms leading to the functional deterioration of the immune system in response to severe viral infections, such as HIV or COVID-19.


Intravacc announces vaccine candidates for RSV, gonorrhoea

26 August, 2020

Intravacc has published the phase I study results of its vaccine candidate for respiratory syncytial virus — a major cause of lower respiratory tract infections.


New cell subtypes discovered in breast cancer

21 August, 2020

Scientists have uncovered four new subtypes of cells within triple negative breast cancer, which contain promising new therapeutic targets for the disease.


Synthetic peptide takes away bacteria's drug resistance

14 August, 2020

Scientists developed a synthetic peptide that can make multidrug-resistant bacteria sensitive to antibiotics again when used together with traditional antibiotics.


Brainwaves can predict future pain sensitivity

13 August, 2020

Scientists have demonstrated that one particularly prevalent pattern of brain activity, called alpha waves, strongly relates to the body's susceptibility or resilience to pain.


REM sleep regulates eating behaviour

11 August, 2020

Electrical activity in hypothalamic circuits during REM sleep is essential to maintain a stable feeding behaviour in mammals.


T cell steroids help tumours suppress the immune system

04 August, 2020

UK researchers have revealed that tumours can evade the immune system by telling immune cells to produce immunosuppressive steroids.


Obscure brain region sheds light on addiction

31 July, 2020

Our brains are wired to retain information that relates to the context in which highly significant events occurred. This mechanism also underlies drug addiction.


Medieval medicine for modern-day infections

29 July, 2020

Researchers suggest that medieval methods using everyday ingredients could help solve the growing problem of antibiotic resistance.


Learning the wiring for autism spectrum disorder

24 July, 2020

Researchers have identified brain circuitry that plays a key role in the behavioural differences that characterise autism spectrum disorder.


COVID-19 vaccine candidates induce immune reaction

22 July, 2020

The Lancet has published early results from two promising new SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 vaccine candidates, one being trialled in the UK and the other in China.


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