Most clinical trials overrepresent young white males.
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Medicine works better when the treatments are tailored to fit each individual person’s biology and history. A first step is increasing diversity in clinical trials, but the end goal is precision medicine.
Animal research’s benefits are clear – but public awareness of what it involves is not.
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Guidelines and regulations weigh the medical and health benefits of animal research with researchers’ ability to ensure humane care of their subjects from start to finish.
Growing cells we can use to produce blood is key to life-saving therapies after cancer treatment – this device has taken us a step closer.
Although most medical research is reliable, studies that are flawed or fake can lead to patients undergoing treatments that might cause harm.
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A new screening tool to help study reviewers identify what’s fake or shoddy in research may be on the horizon. And everyday people can apply some of the same critical analysis tools.
The first thing Australian medical research needs is more money. The second thing is making funding allocation less of a lottery.
If Canada wants to establish itself as a leading country in innovation, it has to invest in scientist-entrepreneurs and their projects.
The key to supporting science innovation is funding and shaping it at its earliest stages, while innovative ventures are still housed within universities — and even before the ventures are founded.
Cross-species transplants require us to examine the relationships between humans and animals.
The heart used in the first pig-human transplant was infected with a pig virus. This reveals that using other species as organ donors may not provide a solution for organ shortages.
Genes and environments almost always combine to influence our risk of diseases. Research in twins has helped us understand how.
A researcher works with COVID-19 samples from patients.
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Careful lab work will complement public health data as researchers worldwide focus on omicron, asking questions about contagiousness, severity of disease and whether vaccines hold up against it.
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Emotive claims, like COVID vaccination being unethical or coercive, are more likely to be shared on social media. But we can fight back.
Our knowledge of the human body, which is mostly inferred from what is observed in males, may not always hold true for females.
Nigeria must increase funding for health research
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More funding is needed to galvanise
Nigeria’s health system as medical research is not well funded.
Waste products from factories like this could hold the key to more novel antibiotic discoveries.
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Discovery of a new antibiotic compound from a Nigerian environment is good news for researchers in this field.
One in three people return to hospital after being treated for COVID.
How investigation into long COVID will help us create treatments.
I was motivated to improve the outcome for women with ovarian cancer by my experience as a junior doctor in London in 1985. But 36 years on, the results aren’t what we’d hoped.
The lack of recognition of sex differences in biology and medicine is a huge issue science has only recently begun to rectify.
Margaret Atwood gives a talk at a Walrus magazine event in Toronto on June 14, 2016.
Canada has produced Nobel Prize winners in the arts and sciences. With several recent awards, Canadian talent still has the potential for future achievements.
While COVID-19 has highlighted the invaluable nature of medical research, it has unfortunately also seriously disrupted it. In Australia, the sector now teeters on the brink of collapse.
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Face masks work well to stop the spread of diseases like coronavirus in the lab, but in the real world they seem to be less effective.
No-one wants our children to be used as research guinea pigs. High standards of ethical oversight are needed to ensure no child is exposed to possible harm.