Hyperactive immune cells accelerate heart valve disease: study
A new study using organ-on-a-chip technology reveals how overactive immune cells aggravate heart valve disease and how this damaging hyperactivity could potentially be controlled.
How does our brain fold? Study reveals new genetic insights
New research is helping unlock the mystery of how the brain folds as a baby develops in the womb – a process critical to healthy brain function.
How the battle to survive shapes ageing immune cells
New research shows older immune cells have to fight just to survive, in a study that overturns previous thinking and sheds light on how ageing affects the immune system.
New gut-brain link: how gut mucus could help treat brain disorders
Mucus is the first line of defence against bad bacteria in our gut. But could it also be part of our defence against diseases of the brain?
The vaccine we’re testing in Australia is based on a flu shot. Here’s how it could work against coronavirus
A new trial has begun in Victoria this week to evaluate a potential vaccine against COVID-19. The vaccine is called NVX-CoV2373 and is from a US biotech company, Novavax.
New thinking: changing tack in the fight against viral infections
As the coronavirus pandemic highlights our deep vulnerability to novel viruses, researchers are bringing new ways of thinking to the development of desperately needed anti-viral treatments.
Where are we at with developing a vaccine for coronavirus?
Dr Kylie Quinn, an expert in immunity, vaccinations, and new cell-based therapies, looks at the development of a vaccine for COVID-19.
Living alone in lockdown? Here’s how to stay healthy (and happy)
Staying home under coronavirus lockdown brings challenges for all of us, but for the one in four Australians who live alone, it can be particularly isolating.
Science continues to suggest a link between autism and the gut. Here’s why that’s important
Many people will associate autism with traits including atypical social interactions, repetitive behaviours, and difficulties with speech and communication. But perhaps lesser known is the fact people with autism are more likely to experience gastrointestinal disorders than the general population.
Test measures immune response to improve ovarian cancer diagnosis
Researchers have developed a simple blood test that measures the body’s own immune response to improve diagnosis of ovarian cancer.
How the brain’s immune system could be harnessed to improve memory
When it comes to memory, immune cells are known as the “bad cops” of the brain. But new research shows they could also be turned into “good cops” to power memory and learning.
Putting people at the heart of health
How do you make integrated care the future of health in Australia? The key is collaboration.