Powerful new synthetic vaccines to combat epidemics

A new type of vaccine that can be stored at warmer temperatures, removing the need for refrigeration, has been developed for mosquito-borne virus Chikungunya in a major advance in vaccine technology. The findings, published in Science Advances today [Wednesday 25 September], reveal exceptionally promising results for the Chikungunya vaccine candidate, Continue Reading

New diagnostic method for fungal infections could combat a major global health risk

A new study from The Westmead Institute for Medical Research (WIMR) has demonstrated how dual DNA barcoding could help improve the diagnosis of invasive fungal diseases, giving patients access to potentially life-saving treatment much sooner. The early detection of fungal pathogens—the specific species of fungi responsible for disease—is crucial in Continue Reading

New antibacterial fillings may combat recurring tooth decay

Tooth decay is among the costliest and most widespread bacterial diseases. Virulent bacteria cause the acidification of tooth enamel and dentin, which, in turn, causes secondary tooth decay. A new study by Tel Aviv University researchers finds potent antibacterial capabilities in novel dental restoratives, or filling materials. According to the Continue Reading

Superfoods to combat arthritis: Ginger, berries, fish and other anti-inflammatory foods

Individuals diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis can experience mild to severe joint pain, and this often affects their daily lives. Thankfully, there are some superfoods that can help you deal with this kind of pain. These superfoods help lower oxidative stress, or the body’s ability to “counteract or detoxify harmful chemicals.” Dr. Continue Reading