NSW

  • Pneumonia bug distracts immune system
    Posted in: 2016, NSW

    A Sydney researcher has discovered a common, pneumonia-causing bacterium can shed living proteins, and may use this ability as a defence against our immune system. “The process is called cleavage,” says Michael Widjaja of the University of Technology, Sydney. “Bacteria use it to multiply their defences, effectively increasing the number of targets that our immune […]

  • Blood test uncovers hidden diseases
    Posted in: 2016, NSW

    Sufferers of rare mitochondrial disease have new hope with a new method developed at the University of Sydney. The method provides a diagnosis within weeks instead of months or years through a simple blood sample. Mitochondrial diseases are rare and hard to diagnose. They can affect any organ, at any age and are often ‘hidden’ […]

  • Immune boost for cancer patients with HIV
    Posted in: 2016, NSW

    Cancer is the leading cause of death among people with HIV and yet cancer treatment can be risky as their immune system is already compromised. Now, a new class of drugs developed at the Kirby Institute at the University of New South Wales is providing hope – demonstrating it is effective in treating the cancer […]

  • Patch to help hearts regrow
    Posted in: 2016, NSW

    A Sydney researcher is growing soft, flexible, conductive materials as a patch that could help repair the hearts of heart attack victims. “When someone has a heart attack, some of the cells in the heart die,” says Alex Patton from UNSW. “Current treatments manage the problems associated with this dead tissue. They offer mechanical support […]