Medical research

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Polygenic screening of embryos is here, but is it ethical?
The first child born using the technique arrived last year. But can it really help reduce diseases in a new generation, or is it ‘techno-eugenics’?

Philip Ball

17, Oct, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Covid: how did error over wrong PCR test results in UK happen?
An estimated 43,000 people may have been given false negative results. Here are the key issues

Jamie Grierson

15, Oct, 2021 @11:16 AM

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Volunteers on Covid jab trials should get travel certificates, say top scientists
International advisers say it is unfair people who’ve taken part in clinical trials need more jabs to go abroad

Ian Sample Science editor

15, Oct, 2021 @7:00 AM

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People taking statins less likely to die from Covid, study suggests
Experts warn findings do not prove cholesterol-lowering drugs can reduce death rates

Andrew Gregory Health editor

14, Oct, 2021 @6:00 PM

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‘Debilitating’: health impacts of smoke from Australia’s black summer bushfires revealed in study
Only one in five people sought medical attention but half reported anxiety, depression and sleep loss

Donna Lu

14, Oct, 2021 @5:49 AM

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Ultrasound trial offers hope for brain cancer patients
New technique temporarily allows drugs to cross blood brain barrier to treat tumours

Linda Geddes

13, Oct, 2021 @5:00 PM

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How my ivermectin research led to Twitter death threats | Dr Andrew Hill
I was sent images of coffins and hanged Nazi war criminals after finding medical fraud in clinical trials

Andrew Hill

13, Oct, 2021 @4:29 PM

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Drug trial offers new hope for those with metastatic breast cancer
Scientists are studying whether talazoparib could help treat those with incurable breast cancer

Andrew Gregory Health editor

12, Oct, 2021 @11:01 PM

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Vagina lasering for postmenopausal women ‘may be placebo’
Study suggests therapy for dryness, itching and pain should be used with caution, say experts

Nicola Davis Science correspondent

12, Oct, 2021 @3:00 PM

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New treatment destroys head and neck cancer tumours in trial
Exclusive: combination of drugs causes tumours to vanish in some terminally ill patients, study finds

Andrew Gregory Health editor

11, Oct, 2021 @2:27 PM

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Australian scientists fear job insecurity as morale plummets amid Covid, survey finds
Professional Scientists Australia chief points to problem of short-term contracts, as one in five say they intend to leave the profession

Donna Lu

11, Oct, 2021 @1:30 AM

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Convergence: Courage in a Crisis review – nine stories from the Covid frontlines
This pandemic film delivers emotional punch, but the documentary’s desire for a global message blunts its impact

Phil Hoad

10, Oct, 2021 @1:42 PM

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