• Starving superbugs, then poisoning them
    Posted in: 2017, SA

    Adelaide researchers have developed and patented a novel approach to fight superbugs, like golden staph, by targeting the bugs’ favourite food—iron. Dr Katharina Richter and colleagues from the University of Adelaide have commenced the first human trials of the treatment at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Superbugs, or antibiotic-resistant bacteria, cause 700,000 deaths globally every year […]

  • Fighting dust-mite allergies with fish oil
    Posted in: 2016, SA

    Kids born to mums who’d taken high doses of fish oil in pregnancy were less likely to have some types of allergies, Adelaide researchers have found. The trial, run by the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), was the largest in the world to look at the effects of Omega-3 – commonly found […]

  • Brain healing after injury given a natural boost
    Posted in: 2016, SA

    We may be able to kick-start healing after a traumatic brain injury by boosting levels of a protein made naturally within the brain, according to new research conducted at the University of Adelaide. Injecting a particular protein called amyloid precursor protein (APP) up to five hours post injury found that the protein fragment reached the […]

  • Simple urine test for motor neurone disease
    Posted in: 2016, SA

    A researcher at Flinders University has developed a simple urine test that gives a quantitative measure of the severity of motor neurone disease. Up until now, the search for effective treatments has been hampered by the lack of direct measurement techniques. Researchers have depended on a questionnaire that asks how well the patient can perform […]