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A blood test for dementia would be great, but there are limitations as to what blood can tell us about our brains. from www.shutterstock.com.au

How far off is a blood test for Alzheimer’s disease?

Blood has some disadvantages for diagnosis as it is separated from the brain by what is called the "blood brain barrier". This makes it difficult to establish that a signal is actually coming from the brain.
The Mexican artist Diego Rivera was an early contributor to the Pago en Especie program, which allows artists to pay tax with art. Detail of the Rivera mural El hombre en cruce de caminos (1934). Wikimedia Commons

Should artists pay their taxes in art?

Many Australian artists eke out a living, yet government funding is generally heading backwards. Can we learn from Mexico, where artists are allowed to pay tax in paintings or sculptures in lieu of cash?
Sean Davis

Global journalism needs global ethics

There’s an old saying in journalism: “All news is local”. It means that news, wherever it comes from, needs to engage the interest of its local audience if it is to succeed. But read today’s paper, or…
A new mathematical model has predicted Zika will soon stop spreading due to mass immunity. Martial Trezzini/EPA/AAP

Is the end of Zika nigh? How populations develop immunity

During a disease outbreak, lots of people can become infected in a short time and develop immunity, making it hard for the pathogen to spread.
Simplicity of delivery will be critical if a ‘cure’ is going to be deliverable in the parts of the world where HIV is endemic. ktsdesign/Shutterstock

Remind me again, how close are we to a cure for HIV?

Curing HIV – or at least achieving long-term remission – is possible, under the right circumstances.
Lithograph, ‘Burning of the Garden Palace, Sydney’, Gibbs Shallard and Company, Sydney, 1882. Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney.

Lighting spotfires under a palace of colonial power

Sydney's Garden Palace, which burned to the ground in 1882, was a monument to empire's glory. Indigenous artist Jonathan Jones is now working on an epic exhibition that will explore this historical epoch from an Aboriginal perspective.
Asthma affects different children in different ways. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Do kids grow out of childhood asthma?

One of the biggest issues in treating asthma is patients not taking their medications correctly.

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