Hepatitis C vaccine could be rolled out within five years, says Nobel Prize winner who discovered virus

A vaccine to protect against infection with hepatitis C could be in use within 5 years, says Professor Sir Michael Houghton, who won the Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology along with three other scientists for discovering the hepatitis C virus (HCV) in 1989. Sir Michael will discuss the development of a vaccine in a special presentation at this year’s […]

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How social media could be affecting COVID vaccine hesitancy

A social media campaign could help to advertise the positives of COVID-19 vaccination and counter the negative posts and comments which are putting Australia’s vaccination program at risk, a UNSW researcher says. ARC Discovery Early Career Research Fellow in UNSW Science’s School of Psychology, Dr. Kate Faasse says social media is exaggerating COVID vaccine side effects and is playing a […]

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Brain scans could offer sign of postpartum psychosis risk

Postpartum psychosis is a devastating, but rare, mental health problem that affects women in the first few weeks after giving birth. Symptoms vary widely, and can include high mood (mania), depression, confusion, hallucinations and delusions. Although the disorder affects only one in every 1,000 women who have a baby, it is much more common in mothers with a history of […]

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Peptide could allow medical marijuana to relieve pain without side effects

Many people live with chronic pain, and in some cases, cannabis can provide relief. But the drug also can significantly impact memory and other cognitive functions. Now, researchers reporting in ACS’ Journal of Medicinal Chemistry have developed a peptide that, in mice, allowed ∆9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main component of Cannabis sativa, to fight pain without the side effects. According to […]

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Could ECSTASY cure PTSD? Study finds drug boosts response to therapy

Could ECSTASY help cure PTSD? Patients given party drug before counselling are TWICE as likely to be relieved of gruelling symptoms after just two months, trial finds Two-thirds giving MDMA and counselling went into remission two months later Just 32% who were given a placebo didn’t have diagnosable PTSD by same point Drug believed to help people open up about trauma […]

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Chemical modification of RNA could play key role in polycystic kidney disease

A chemical modification of RNA that can be influenced by diet appears to play a key role in polycystic kidney disease, an inherited disorder that is the fourth leading cause of kidney failure in the U.S., UT Southwestern researchers report in a new study. The findings, published online today in Cell Metabolism, suggest new ways to treat this incurable condition. […]

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Vaccine development software shows promise in influenza effort, could help defeat coronavirus

A novel computer algorithm that could create a broadly reactive influenza vaccine for swine flu also offers a path toward a pan-influenza vaccine and possibly a pan-coronavirus vaccine as well, according to a new paper published in Nature Communications. “This work takes us a step closer to a pan-swine flu virus vaccine,” said Bette Korber, a computational biologist at Los […]

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