• Tweaking timing of vaccines could result in less jabs
    Posted in: 2017, NSW

    A simple tweak of the current immunisation schedule could reduce the number of doses of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine a child needs, according to Sydney researchers. Currently infants are required to receive three doses of the vaccine in order to gain full protection against pneumococcal diseases. However the pneumococcal vaccine is one of the most…

  • Tongues give clues to snake sex secrets
    Posted in: 2017, WA

    For the Spotted Brown Snake (or dugite), size doesn’t matter when it comes to sex. Perth researchers found no difference between the lengths of tongue tines (the two sides of the tongue’s ‘fork’) between male and female dugites—giving clues as to the snakes’ behaviour. “Initially we were surprised, because while sexual differences between snakes tend…

  • Small babies and asthma in later life
    Posted in: 2017, WA

    Airway size in rats with a low birth weight is more varied than those born at a normal weight—which Western Australian scientists think may play a role in the development of asthma. Around 2.5 million Australians suffer from asthma, causing breathing difficulties when they’re experiencing an attack. But around 5-10 per cent of them suffer…