May 31, 2017

Major advances in macular degeneration research

Some of Australia’s foremost ophthalmic experts gathered for the annual Macular Degeneration Awareness Week Research Symposium in Sydney last week. More than 100 people attended the symposium, which focused on macular degeneration research, specifically recent breakthroughs and potential future discoveries. Macular Disease Foundation Australia (MDFA) patron Ms Ita Buttrose discussed… Read More

May 30, 2017

Millions to tackle antimicrobial resistance “very welcome”

NPS MedicineWise says the announcement of additional funding is much needed considering antibiotic prescribing rates in some areas of practice remain particularly high. Health Minister Greg Hunt has announced the Federal government will invest $5.9 million from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) into tackling the threat of microorganisms such… Read More

May 30, 2017

Diabetes Mellitus: Epidemiology and Ocular Manifestations

Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is a chronic disease associated with abnormally high levels of glucose in the blood. Besides being a significant cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, diabetes is one of the leading causes of blindness and  visual impairment in the working age group. A person with diabetes has 25… Read More

May 28, 2017

Has cancer finally met its match?

Jamie Morton goes inside the immunotherapy revolution. Let’s not mince words: it’s a barn-storming, breathless revolution.” Professor Graham Le Gros doesn’t mean to come off sounding over the top. It’s just he’s palpably excited about the promise of an area of medical research we hear too little about. Read More

May 26, 2017

Superhero Saturday to help fight Superbugs

Customers visiting Briscoes or Rebel Sport stores this weekend could find themselves served at the checkout by Superman, Wonder Woman or possibly even Captain America with staff donning superhero outfits all in aid of fighting superbugs. The dress-up day is part of Briscoe Group’s charity partner Cure Kids’ appeal “Fight… Read More

May 26, 2017

Anti-TB drug resistance threatens to unwind the progress

There is no doubt that groundbreaking progress has been made in fight against tuberculosis (TB) in the past two decades, but it might be prudent to review if we are winning the fight in order to #endTB by 2030. Do we slip backwards when we fail to prevent every single… Read More

May 26, 2017

CRISPR gene editing puts the brakes on cancer cells

Cancer cells are known for their fast and rapacious growth, but a new technique to slow them down may one day offer new treatment options. Scientists from the US have discovered a protein called Tudor-SN linked to the “preparatory” phase of cell life – when cells prepare to divide and… Read More

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