Immunology

How does the immune system develop in the first days of life?

Within the womb, a human fetus benefits from the protection of the placenta, limiting their contact with pathogens. However, once born, babies face a myriad of germs completely new to their bodies. Their immune system must ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Papua New Guinea outbreak spreads beyond capital

Papua New Guinea ramped up coronavirus testing and rushed to build field hospitals on Wednesday after an outbreak was found to have spread beyond its locked-down capital.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

The mystery of the less deadly mosquito nets

Research published in Nature Communications shows that insecticide-treated mosquito nets, the mainstay in the global battle against malaria, are not providing the protection they once did—and scientists say that's a cause ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

PNG orders lockdown of capital after first virus death

Papua New Guinea's prime minister on Monday ordered a swift lockdown of the capital and warned the number of coronavirus cases will likely explode in coming days, as the country recorded its first confirmed COVID-19 death.

Medical research

No time to be complacent about polio in Australia

Despite being declared polio-free in 2000, Australia consistently fails to reach some World Health Organization (WHO) benchmarks for adequate surveillance, showing a "level of complacency among physicians," say the authors ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Mapping the Pacific's COVID-19 success

Researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) have created an interactive map that tracks Pacific responses to COVID-19 and assesses what is working and what is not.

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