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Removing tonsils and adenoids in childhood increases the long-term risk of respiratory, allergic and infectious diseases, according to researchers who have examined - for the first time - the long-term effects of the operations.

Researchers at the University of Melbourne along with international collaborators are using a novel way to block the dengue virus in Aedes aegypti mosquitoes using the insect bacterium Wolbachia and have for the first time provided projections of its public health benefit.

How Australian aid can play a better role in fighting disease outbreaks like Ebola and why global health systems are not up to scratch in responding to emergency health crises will be discussed at the 10th Annual Nossal Institute Global Health Forum.

Prominent alumna and international biologist Professor Karen Day has been appointed as Dean of Science at the University of Melbourne.