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Science Stories: Vaccination against chicken pox reduces severe illness and death in Australian children

New research published recently by The Robinson Institute’s Helen Marshall and her colleagues shows that an Australian chicken pox vaccination program which commenced in 2006 has been highly successful in reducing severe illness and death due to the varicella virus in children. The study is important from a public health perspective, offering clear evidence of […]

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Science Stories: Caring for very sick babies: how can we know when to let them go?

Described in an independent review as ‘a unique and invaluable contribution to the literature on paediatric decision-making’, a new book by the Robinson Institute’s Dominic Wilkinson was officially launched this week prior to the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand Congress in Adelaide. ‘Death or Disability? The ‘Carmentis Machine’ and decision-making for critically ill […]

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Science Stories: New cell discovery reveals secrets of ovarian development

The Robinson Institute’s Ray Rodgers and Katja Hummitzsch have discovered a new type of cell in developing ovaries, and tracked its development to form mature cells critical for normal ovarian function in adult females. The new findings challenge decades-old assumptions about the way ovaries form: this in turn will have implications for understanding how normal […]

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Science Stories: Semen and Pregnancy: it’s not just about the sperm

A pair of studies published in 2012 by the Robinson Institute’s Sarah Robertson and colleagues shows that exposure to semen during sex triggers a cascade of molecular and cellular events in the cervix of fertile women. The results are significant because they suggest that semen is not just a vehicle for sperm, but also a […]

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Science Stories: Lessons from large cohort study extend beyond the science

In May of 2012, the Robinson Institute’s Michael Davies and colleagues finally reached the end of more than 7 years of painstaking work in achieving New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) publication of a cohort study examining assisted reproductive technologies (ART) and risk of birth defects. The paper presents strong evidence linking use of intracytoplasmic […]

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