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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More funding is needed to galvanise
Nigeria’s health system as medical research is not well funded.
Discovery of a new antibiotic compound from a Nigerian environment is good news for researchers in this field.
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.
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.
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.
Many published studies fail to fully and accurately report how the study was conducted and what was found.
The Lancet launched an independent investigation but ran into resistance from the institution, which refused to disclose the raw data, forcing the journal to retract the article.
The only way to know if a medical treatment actually works is with a randomized-controlled trial.