Indigenous Australians’ vaccination rates too low and not improving

A new UNSW study has found that most adult Indigenous Australians are not receiving free flu and pneumococcal vaccinations. We need urgent action to reverse declining targeted flu and pneumococcal vaccination rates among adult Indigenous Australians, according to a new UNSW study. The study—published today in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health – found that adult Indigenous […]

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How to enable light to switch on and off therapeutic antibodies

When antigens such as a virus or bacteria invade our body, the immune system springs into action: it creates antibodies that stick to the antigens so that they can identify and destroy the intruders. Did you know that these Y-shaped proteins, AKA antibodies, have been revolutionizing the treatment of cancer, inflammatory disease and autoimmune disease, and many others? Therapeutic antibodies […]

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Glass-coated catheters could wipe out infections and save NHS millions

Scientists at Aston University in Birmingham have developed a new technique to eradicate life-threatening urinary tract infections among hospital patients needing catheters, potentially saving the NHS nearly £100million per year. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) caused by catheters—flexible tubes which are attached to a bag and inserted into the bladder to empty it and collect urine—are one of the most common […]

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Study: Active voice conveys a sense of immediacy and increases the chance people will believe you

The way we interpret a message changes depending on whether it’s framed in the active or the passive voice, University of Toronto researchers have found—even if the content is exactly the same. “What we found is that depending on which form you choose, it changes how your audience comes to understand that message,” says Sam Maglio, an associate professor in […]

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Three faces of teen popularity: being feared, being loved, and being feared and loved

Adolescents place a lot of emphasis on popularity and they are keenly aware of the difference between being liked and being popular. If forced to choose, many opt for popularity. Popularity, however, has many faces. In prior research, two groups of popular adolescents stand out: those who are aggressive and those who are prosocial. Prosocial popular teens acquire and maintain […]

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