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When science is put in the service of evil

April 24, 2019

The Holocaust is one of the worst collective crimes in the history of humanity – and medical science was complicit in the horrors.
After World War II, evidence was given at the Nuremberg Trials of reprehensible research carried out on humans. This includes subjects being frozen, infected with tuberculosis, or having …

Psychedelics to treat mental illness? Australian researchers are giving it a go

An estimated one in ten Australians were taking antidepressants in 2015. That’s double the number using them in 2000, and the second-highest rate of antidepressant use among all OECD countries.
Yet some studies have found antidepressants might be no more effective than placebo.
Not only does this mean many Australians aren’t experiencing …

American pharmaceutical company set to trial cannabis-derived drug on diabetics in Vanuatu

An American company has opted to trial a new experimental cannabis-derived drug on diabetics in Vanuatu as a result of stringent Federal laws preventing the trial in the United States, according to the company’s chief executive.
The company, Phoenix Life Sciences International, was headquartered in the US state of Colorado but …

Healthy hearts need two proteins working together

April 17, 2019

Two proteins that bind to stress hormones work together to maintain a healthy heart in mice, according to scientists at the National Institutes of Health and their collaborators. These proteins, stress hormone receptors known as the glucocorticoid receptor (GR) and mineralocorticoid receptor (MR), act in concert to help support heart …

Alzheimer’s: Synthetic protein blocks toxic beta-amyloid

Alzheimer’s is a relentless disease in which toxic clusters of beta-amyloid protein collect in brain cells. Now, scientists have designed a synthetic peptide, or small protein, that can block beta-amyloid in its early and most harmful stages.
The synthetic peptide, which has only 23 amino acids, folds into structures called alpha …

What would an endometriosis blood test mean for patients?

Experts in Australia say the creation of an endometriosis blood test — an avenue currently being explored by private researchers overseas — might not be a simple solution to the condition’s often lengthy diagnosis process.
The common condition affects roughly 10 per cent of those who menstruate, causing significant pain, bowel …

A Mysterious Infection, Spanning the Globe in a Climate of Secrecy

April 10, 2019

Last May, an elderly man was admitted to the Brooklyn branch of Mount Sinai Hospital for abdominal surgery. A blood test revealed that he was infected with a newly discovered germ as deadly as it was mysterious. Doctors swiftly isolated him in the intensive care unit.
The germ, a fungus called …

Cleanliness may cultivate drug resistance

Good hygiene is key to infection control but it may be contributing to growing drug resistance, according to a new study in Nature Communications.
Researchers at Graz University of Technology in Austria compared the microbial diversity of highly sanitized environments, including an intensive care unit, to public and private buildings with …

Breast implants linked to cancer to still be available after Australian regulator stops short of ban

Textured breast implants linked to a rare cancer will continue to be available to Australian women having surgery, despite a crackdown on similar products by regulators in France and Canada.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration asked an expert panel for advice on whether to follow the lead of these countries and on …

Some ADHD medicines may increase psychosis more than others, ‘real-world’ data show

April 03, 2019

Adolescents and young adults being treated for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder may be at a higher risk of having a psychotic event if they are provided amphetamine medicines, such as Adderall and Vyvanse, instead of medications based on the compound methylphenidate, such as Ritalin or Concerta, according to a study published …

Fish slime: An answer to antibiotic resistance?

As antibiotic resistance continues to make headlines, researchers are ramping up their search for ways to turn the tide. A recent study focuses on fish slime.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), antibiotic resistance is “one of the biggest public health challenges of our time.”
Each year in …

Two babies too young to be vaccinated infected with measles in Sydney

Two babies too young to be vaccinated have contracted measles in Sydney, as NSW is on track to record its highest rate of the disease in five years.
An eight-month-old and an 11-month-old have been diagnosed with the highly-contagious infection, prompting NSW Health to again warn the public to be looking …