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A new oral drug could help reduce the spread of measles. Destinys Agent/Flickr

Scientists hold hope for new measles drug

A new oral antiviral drug may be a future tool in the global fight against measles, according to a new international study…
Mothers with genetic mutations not harmful to females may be passing them onto their sons. Vincent van der Pas/Flickr (resized)

Mothers' genes may be why autism is more common in boys

Boys are more likely to be diagnosed with neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism, because girls need more extreme genetic…
It’s too early to adjust recommendations for paracetamol use during pregnancy, experts say. Image from shutterstock.com

Paracetamol during pregnancy linked to ADHD risk

Children of women who take paracetamol during pregnancy may be at higher risk of developing attention-deficit hyperactivity…
A $15 million deal between Swisse Wellness Pty Ltd and La Trobe University has prompted Ken Harvey’s resignation. lucy was here/Flickr (resized)

Academics back professor over Swisse research collaboration

Friends of Science in Medicine, an association that lobbies for evidence-based medicine, has called on La Trobe University…
The promising new therapy could free children and parents from the fear of severe allergic reactions to peanuts. BeInspiredDesigns/Flickr. Image has been cropped.

Small doses therapy shows promise for peanut allergy

Giving children and adolescents with peanut allergies small doses of the peanut protein and increasing it over time to build…
Biomass smoke can scar and inflame the lungs. thinboyfatter/ Flickr

Bushfire smoke harms the lungs like cigarette smoke

Bushfire smoke can damage the lungs in a similar way to smoking-related emphysema, according to a study from the Woolcock…
A report has found 34% of young people serving a community-based order and 66% in custody have a substance abuse problem. Image from shutterstock.com

Better health services needed to break cycle of juvenile offending

Improving health services in the juvenile justice system and the community could reduce the risk of youth offenders repeating…
Healthy gut bacteria has been shown to improve autism spectrum disorders in mice. EMSL/ Flickr

Link between gut and brain suggests therapies for autism

Probiotics can alleviate the symptoms of autism-like disorders in mice, according to a US study published today in the journal…
A 20% tax on sugar drinks could change the habits of young Australians, which would benefit future generations. Shutterstock / Creativa

Sugary drinks tax could swell coffers, shrink waistlines

A study published in the journal of the British Medical Association, BMJ, today says a tax on sugary drinks could cut the…
A worldwide study is showing that there are more young people having strokes than ever. Shutterstock / Feng Yu

Strokes more common, especially among the young

An international study published in The Lancet today shows stroke is becoming more common and affecting more young people…
Tobacco use causes more than five million deaths every year across the world. MilitaryHealth/Flickr

Medical journals refuse to publish tobacco-funded research

Editors of journals published by the BMJ Group will no longer consider publishing research that is partly or wholly funded…