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.
Previous and current research on coronaviruses helps inform the response to the current pandemic, but funding cuts could threaten these programs.
We found that one of the most widely used tests does not come up to scratch.
World Down Syndrome Day is marked on March 21 annually. Canadian scientists have helped improve the quality of life of those affected.
Babies in Australia have been vaccinated against hepatitis B since May 2000, but 240,000 Australians still live with the disease.
Wondering if that latest study finding is too good to be true, or whether it's as bad as we're told? Here are five questions to ask to help you assess the evidence.
Most medical research is funded by industry, not public sources. And industry puts pressure on researchers in many ways, from guiding the research question to suppressing unfavourable findings.
Researchers are looking for ways to determine who's most at risk for dementia and also ways to detect it early. A scientist who has studied low blood pressure makes a case for a link between the two.
From cutting-edge research, to public education, journalism and even schoolkid scientists, Australia's best science was on display at the annual Eureka Prizes.
Long-term or historical use of oral contraceptives may lead to an increased risk of depression in later years; understanding the risk will better inform the decision whether or not to take the pill.
Thomas Durcan's lab is growing 3D mini-brains in the search for a cure for Parkinson's disease. Over the next year he is giving all his lab's protocols, methods and results away.
Deliberately infecting people with a disease-causing agent as part of carefully considered medical research can be ethically acceptable or even necessary.
Medical research has a dark history of human experimentation in Nazi Germany. And we're still uncovering the extent of the horrors.
Research milestones in the study of memory may help us find solutions to memory disorders like Alzheimer's or recovery from brain trauma.
The Gila monster gave humans a treatment for diabetes. What other medical miracles are we losing by failing to protect wildlife and ecosystems?