IQ decline is highest among those who started using during adolescence and among the most persistent (daily) users.
After almost four-and-a half decades and from modest beginnings, the Dunedin study has evolved into one of the most significant long-term tracking studies in the world.
Who are the winners and losers from recent medical research funding announcements?
The recent NHMRC funding announcement has renewed criticism about how medical research is funded in Australia. Is the system fair? Or is it stacked against some researchers?
While AI seems unstoppable, our improved understanding of human brains is levelling the playing field for now.
We shouldn't scoff at the Facebook founder's goal of eradicating disease.
Simplicity of delivery will be critical if a ‘cure’ is going to be deliverable in the parts of the world where HIV is endemic.
Curing HIV – or at least achieving long-term remission – is possible, under the right circumstances.
M2 Venture Catalyst will fund the development of new medicines.
The new venture between Melbourne and Monash Universities will help bridge the gap that exists in commericialising medical research.
It may make us uncomfortable, but animal research saves human and animal lives.
Understanding Animal Research/Wellcome
The media regularly report impressive medical advances, but not the animal research that plays a critical role in developing the new treatment or giving us insights into basic science.
The highest-quality research is much more likely to be impactful research.
The MRFF should prioritise the chances of making major advances in knowledge and the chances of research having an impact on Australian health and wealth.
Observational scientists study subjects in real life, outside a controlled laboratory environment.
The randomised controlled trial is touted as the gold standard in medical research. But its controlled laboratory conditions are far removed from the messy realities of life.
Don’t undo all your good work by eating this on the weekend.
Yo-yoing between eating well during the week and bingeing on junk food over the weekend is likely to be just as bad for your gut health as a consistent diet of junk.
Human guinea pigs? On the occasion of Rennes drama, an explanation of what the drug trials in France and how they are controlled.
Weighing the evidence.
Meta-analyses that combine many different studies are the gold standard for medical evidence. But they are only as good research they examine.
Men are more likely to use cannabis because of external factors such as peer use, and women for internal factors such as anxiety.
Cannabis is the most widely used illicit drug with more than 181 million consumers worldwide, three quarters of whom are men. Why do men and women use cannabis?
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We are engaged in one of the great struggles of human knowledge – to liberate clinical trial data.
Participating in a HIV cure trial offers few benefits for the individual but many for the community.
A recent survey of people living with HIV in the United Kingdom found that over half would participate in a clinical study to develop a cure for HIV despite this posing a risk to their health.
Australia has a long history of first class science.
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Australian scientists are listened to by government and business, but must do more to ensure their advice and work contributes to a stronger future for Australia.
Restraining the growth in costs and providing better treatments and cures needs a healthy national medical research effort.
It’s been a great privilege to have been the head of NHMRC for going on a decade. That’s four governments, six health ministers, a funding increase from A$437 million in 2006 to A$859 million today.
Biological differences mean that women and men often have different health outcomes.
Despite significant gains in gender equity over the last few decades, a bias still reigns in one area of medicine. The lack of female representation in both preclinical studies and clinical trials has…
We’re in a protracted war against superbugs because we’ve overused existing antibiotics: a key weapon against disease.
We’ve heard a lot lately about superbugs – bacteria that are resistant to current antibiotics. But as the threat of superbugs continues to rise, the number of new treatments available has flatlined. This…
Pills ok during pregnancy? We can’t know if we don’t study them.
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Imagine being pregnant while having a chronic health condition such as diabetes, hypertension, depression or asthma, or being diagnosed with an illness while pregnant. Amazingly, your doctor may not know…