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24 February 2017
Is back pain killing us?

New research from the Faculty of Health Sciences finds that older people with back pain have a 13 per cent higher chance of dying prematurely.

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24 February 2017
Why researchers have a duty to try and influence policy

Researchers should break from tradition and look to use the media to influence public policy, writes Professor Simon Chapman.

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23 February 2017
Act early to stop eyewitnesses from developing lasting distress

Dr Lauren Monds writes in today's Sydney Morning Herald on the causes and possible symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, citing the recent plane crash in Melbourne.

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22 February 2017
Imaging study confirms differences in ADHD brains

Research shows that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is associated with the delayed development of five brain regions, and should be considered a brain disorder, writes Dr Alison Poulton.

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21 February 2017
Water flowing into remote schools and parks

A scheme aimed at improving oral health and reducing obesity in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities has installed cold fresh water in Boggabilla’s school – and now also its town park. 

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21 February 2017
Pharma funding biases results of drug trials

Industry-sponsored studies are more likely to favour products of pharmaceuticals and medical devices than non-industry funded research, a new study reveals.

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20 February 2017
Obesity expert reignites sugar tax debate

A tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) in Australia would be just as logical as existing mandatory controls on alcohol and tobacco, a leading obesity expert argues in the latest Medical Journal of Australia (MJA).

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17 February 2017
Energy drinks could be deadly for young people with heart conditions

People born with a genetic cardiac rhythm disorder called Long QT Syndrome are at higher risk of dangerous heart rhythms or even death after consuming energy drinks.

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17 February 2017
Early career female researchers shine in cancer fellowships

Sydney researchers have received more than $6.4M to develop personalised treatments for ovarian cancer, investigate the link between sleep apnoea and tumour growth and improve the speed, accuracy and thoroughness of cancer diagnosis and treatment decision-making.

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16 February 2017
Researchers win grants to combat diabetes epidemic

University of Sydney researchers have won over $800,000 in grants from Diabetes Australia to improve the understanding, detection and treatment of diabetes. 

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15 February 2017
Explainer: how to cut through to anti-vaxxers and anti-fluoriders

A public health expert shares six ways to debunk the 'alternative facts' of public health risks. Dr Claire Hooker writes on ways to communicate public health risks to anti-vaxxers and anti-fluoriders.

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15 February 2017
Future doctors unprepared to deliver physical activity advice

Physical activity (PA) training for medical students in Australia is not keeping pace with the growing obesity and type 2 diabetes epidemics, potentially leaving many future doctors unprepared to help patients.

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15 February 2017
Who 'Likes' social media gambling?

Problem gambling is set to get worse because of social media, writes Sally Gainsbury from the Gambling Treatment Clinic. Research shows gaming and gambling are converging and are being embraced by the smartphone generation.

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13 February 2017
New partners: University of Sydney and UNICEF Indonesia

The University of Sydney and UNICEF Indonesia have established a Knowledge Partnership to improve the health and well-being of Indonesian children and young people.

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13 February 2017
Increased private health insurance premiums don’t mean increased value

Private health insurance is mostly a private industry, but governments play a key role in ensuring private health insurance companies remain profitable and viable, writes Dr Sophie Lewis.

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08 February 2017
Male infant circumcision has a 200 to one risk-benefit: research

There is a 200 to 1 risk-benefit in favour of infant male circumcision compared to the lifetime risk of being an uncircumcised male, a new study in today’s World Journal of Clinical Pediatrics reveals.

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08 February 2017
Claims ADHD is immature behaviour make it worse for those affected

ADHD does exist and a warranted diagnosis offers help to children who are struggling due to this common, biological condition, writes Dr Alison Poulton.

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07 February 2017
Hissstory: how the science of snake bite treatments has changed

From ammonia and alcohol, to splints and antivenoms: Dr Peter Hobbins from the Department of History charts the evolution of Australia's snake bite treatments. 

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06 February 2017
Health and medical researchers receive $30m from NHMRC

Dementia, cancer, stuttering and alcohol addiction among problems University of Sydney researchers will tackle under new NHMRC funding, worth more than $30 million.

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06 February 2017
Sitting not linked to incident diabetes: new research

Sitting may not be as deadly as previously thought, with new research led by the University of Sydney ruling out sitting as a direct cause of diabetes.

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