• Curbing Australia’s sweet tooth

    James Muecke     |      March 2, 2020

    We’re hardwired to love sweet things, but too much sugar is leading to an increase in type 2 diabetes. Here’s what individuals and policymakers can do cut our collective sugar intake.

  • If you need somebody to trust, trust yourself

    Open Forum     |      March 1, 2020

    New research suggests a distrust of past experience may underlie obsessive-compulsive symptoms, and the findings could help patients and treatment providers understand seemingly irrational behaviors.

  • Get social against skin cancer

    Open Forum     |      February 27, 2020

    90 per cent of young adults regularly use social media, and so it’s a resource which cannot be overlooked in the battle to combat disease, including skin cancer.

  • The ramifications of Australia’s China travel ban

    Bryan Mercuri     |      February 25, 2020

    Australia closed its borders to travelers from China at the start of February ‘to ensure the health, safety and well-being of the Australian community’ so it’s time to assess its impact on the export, education and tourism.

  • Fighting weight gain after breast cancer

    Carolyn Ee     |      February 22, 2020

    Cancer often causes sharp declines in weight, but after a diagnosis of breast cancer, weight gain in some women can cause further problems over time.

  • Taking a break from the booze

    Nicole Lee     |      February 20, 2020

    New draft guidelines recommend no more than 10 standard alcoholic drinks a week, but knowing how to take a break from booze altogether might have even greater benefits than merely cutting back.

  • A connected world makes coronavirus more dangerous, but also helps us cope

    Richard Holden     |      February 16, 2020

    The same technological forces that make the Wuhan outbreak a global concern are also key to managing the crisis response.

  • Solving cancer’s genetic jigsaw

    Cheryl Critchley     |      February 14, 2020

    Mapping the human genome is revolutionising medicine, and better understanding of its genetic roots could help turn cancer into a more manageable chronic disease like diabetes.

  • The atlas of cancer

    Nerissa Hannink     |      February 10, 2020

    Scientists around the world have collaborated to create the most comprehensive map of whole cancer genomes to date, improving our fundamental understanding of cancer and how to treat it.

  • Mapping the spread of coronavirus

    Jodie McVernon     |      February 6, 2020

    Mathematical modelling gave us an early warning about the size of the coronavirus outbreak – now, researchers are doing the numbers daily to work out how the virus could spread.

  • How does the Wuhan coronavirus work?

    Allen Cheng     |      February 5, 2020

    While most respiratory viral infections are mild, some can trigger serious complications, and the Wuhan virus can prove deadly for vulnerable people.

  • Melbourne scientists cultivate the novel coronavirus

    Open Forum     |      January 30, 2020

    Melbourne scientists have grown the Wuhan coronavirus from a patient sample, which should give expert international laboratories crucial information to help combat the fast spreading virus.