Sometimes statistical analysis suggests a result is significant – but actually in real life it means very little.
What do stats really mean in the real world? Here’s an example from leukaemia research to help you identify if a result really is important.
T-cells (red) attacking cancer cells (white).
CAR-T is a powerful new immunotherapy for treating leukaemia. We need to build on it to attack other, harder-to-treat cancers.
AML under the microscope.
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Improvements in survival rates for acute myeloid leukaemia have failed to keep pace with other leukaemias. That may be about to change.
DNA: the new battleground.
The gene therapy CTL019 induced complete remission in 90% of patients.
Blood permeates every tissue in the body, meaning just a few spoonfuls can tell us a lot about our health.
Blood is perhaps the most important window through which we can peer into a person’s health or illness.
Stem cells have saved thousands of lives thanks to their applications in cancer treatments. Many other uses peddled by private clinics are without evidence.
Stem cell science continues to offer great promise. But a growing number of clinics are selling treatments without evidence that what they offer is effective – or even safe.
Some of the notable additions to the PBS include drugs to treat eye and HIV infections, cystic fibrosis, multiple sclerosis, and cancer.
An independent expert provides his pick of the most notable drugs added to the PBS on May 1, 2017.
Leukaemia: information may be the best cure.
A new data portal bypasses the big data bottleneck to find targeted therapies for leukaemia.
Death rates from childhood cancer in Australia have fallen sharply.
Childhood deaths from cancer have decreased by nearly 40% in the past 15 years in Australia. But some types of childhood cancer have shown little improvement.
Twentieth-century political thinker and fighter against colonialism and imperialism, Frantz Fanon, left an indelible mark on history.
For the revolutionary Frantz Fanon it was not enough to celebrate the achievements of decolonisation. It was necessary to educate, to strain at the limits of national freedom and to provoke debate.
The accuracy of gene editing will be the deciding factor in the success of current technology.
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A toddler from London has had gene therapy for leukaemia and it seems to have worked. But why have breakthroughs taken so long?
Cancer cell to stem cells: the drugs are coming.
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A teenager prepares to enter a CT scanning machine.
Just two CT (computed tomography) scans of the head in childhood can triple the risk of brain cancer in later life, and as few as five to 10 scans can triple the risk of leukaemia, a study has found. But…
A chip focussing cells in a single stream to create three-dimensional images of that cell promises greater diagnostic speed…