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 •  February 14

IT is as big as an apple in children, but shrinks to peanut size in later life. Now Australian scientists say they have created the “seeds” to regrow the organ which produces the immune system’s soldier cells. Melbourne researchers have found a way of fashioning stem cells that can develop into the thymus, a pyramid-shaped organ near the heart. The...

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 •  February 14

AN experimental drug made from snail venom has shown early signs of promise in numbing pain, raising hopes in the hunt for new, non-addictive medications, an Australian researcher says. The drug, which has not been tested yet on humans, is judged to be about 100 times more potent than morphine or gabapentin, which are currently considered the gold...

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 •  February 14

A DRUG being trialled by Australian researchers could control leukemia without the harrowing side-effects that plague conventional treatments. Clinical trials of the antibody, known as KB004, have produced no side-effects even at high doses. And while the trials are designed to test the drug’s safety, some patients – most of whom have acute myeloid...

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 •  February 14

Medicine prices could be slashed by up to a half from next year if government proposals pass through the Senate. The cost of more than 2000 brands could drop instantly from October next year with more to follow, Health Minister Sussan Ley says. Reforms to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, including improvements to generic medicine prices, will go...