Meningitis vaccine breakthrough

Around one in ten victims of meningitis die in the UK. Now Chilean scientists have tested a newly developed vaccine that brings hope of eradicating the disease.

Is violence in schizophrenia on the increase?

According to research in the new Psychiatry journal from The Lancet, schizophrenia is associated with violent crime, premature death and suicide and the trend is rising. Matthew Owens reports.

Cervical cancer screening in Chile

Recently published in the International Journal of Cancer, a Chilean study has compared traditional and newer molecular screening methods for cervical cancer with findings that may have profound impact on clinical practice and health policy in Latin Ame…

The abortion controversy

Regular readers will be aware of the study recently published in PLoSONE on maternal mortality rate (MMR) trends in Chile and the American  continent. Professor Koch from Universidad Católica, Concepción and colleagues from Universidad de Chile and othe…

Investing in science: The Guardian

Following our recent publication of the debate going on in Chile on the need for investment in research, The Guardian have published a follow-up article with Pablo Astudillo Besnier from the advocacy group mas ciencia para chile.

Spend more on research to avoid crisis

Recently published in the highly respected academic journal Science a group of scientists in Chile have issued a warning that the country may be falling behind others in their planning and spending for research. The authors, lead by Pablo Astudillo of t…

Intelligent crows rival 7 year old children in tests of logic

Study shows that New Caledonian crows may be smarter than 7 year-olds.

Maternal death rate in Chile lower than US

A new study published in the open access to all scientific journal PLoSONE has shown that the maternal mortality rate (MMR) in Chile has dramatically reduced over the last 50 years and now compares favourably with the rest of the American Continent. Stu…

Fighting Chagas Disease in South America: 15 million infected

A new report published today in the scientific journal PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases details the progress made in combatting  the most socially and economically impacting parasitic disease in Latin America. Chagas disease, a highly prevalent and pot…

Citizen divers help to count sharks

Non-scientist divers are as good as acoustic telemetry in detecting and recording the profusion of shark populations, according to new research by Australian scientists.