Latest news - 2017

Soft drink and added sugar consumption on the decline in Australia

9 March 2017
Australians are consuming less added sugars and drinking less sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) than they were two decades ago, but this is not translating to smaller waistlines, a new study led by the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre suggests.
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Cutting-edge cameras reveal the secret life of dolphins

21 February 2017
A world-first study, conducted by a team of researchers including experts from the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre, has tested new underwater cameras on wild dolphins and given researchers the best view yet into their hidden marine world.
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Obesity expert reignites sugar tax debate

20 February 2017
Professor Stephen Colagiuri AO from the Boden Institute at the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre claims a ‘sugar tax’ should be a key strategy to help individuals moderate their sugary beverage intake, in much the same way as current alcohol, tobacco, and road safety measures like seat belts and speed restrictions are justified for preventing harmful behaviours.
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Future doctors unprepared to deliver physical activity advice

15 February 2017
The level of physical activity (PA) training taught across medical schools in Australia is not keeping pace with the growing obesity and type 2 diabetes epidemics, potentially leaving many future doctors unprepared to help patients meet recommended guidelines.
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Sitting not linked to incident diabetes: new research

6 February 2017
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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Steve Simpson reappointed as Charles Perkins Centre Director

30 January 2017
Renowned biologist Professor Stephen Simpson has been reappointed as Academic Director of the Charles Perkins Centre for a second five-year term.
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Commercial interests may drown out patients' voices

18 January 2017
University of Sydney and Bond University researchers have called for greater independence and transparency around industry-sponsored patient advocacy groups, following growing evidence raising questions over potential bias.
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WHO report shows good law bolsters public health

16 January 2017
A University of Sydney Law School expert is the principal author of a new World Health Organization (WHO) report, which describes the many ways law makes a crucial difference for public health.
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Confidence boost linked to weight loss in smartphone trial

13 December
Confidence is key when motivating young people to change their diet and exercise habits, new research from the University of Sydney shows.
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Major finding identifies nitrogen as key driver for gut health

24 November
Scientists are one step closer to understanding the link between different diet strategies and gut health, with new research presenting the first general principles for how diet impacts the microbiota.
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Pioneering technique promises type 1 diabetes breakthrough

14 November
New University of Sydney research is taking a completely novel approach to insulin dosage, with the potential to make it easier for people with type 1 diabetes to adjust their insulin levels after a fatty meal.
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Full extent of bias into food industry research remains unknown

1 November
A new review into bias in industry-sponsored food research has confirmed researchers know little about the full influence of corporate sponsorship or conflict of interest on the results of nutrition studies.
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Groundbreaking study tests dietary supplements for diabetes prevention

12 October
A world-first study led by the University of Sydney will investigate whether two commonly used over-the-counter natural medicines can help prevent diabetes.
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Our experts weigh in on World Obesity Day

11 October
As we mark World Obesity Day on Tuesday 11 October, University of Sydney and Charles Perkin Centre experts share their views on the obesity epidemic and what action needs to be done to tackle this growing problem.
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Researchers discover optimal diet to boost life-extending hormone

30 September
New research from the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre suggests a low protein, high carbohydrate diet may be the most effective for stimulating a hormone with life-extending and obesity-fighting benefits.
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Severity of obesity to worsen in Australia

29 September
New modelling predicts the prevalence of obesity and severe obesity among Australian adults will significantly increase by 2025, as part of a wider research project examining the most effective ways to combat obesity.
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New gift to help pharmacists build integrity in their practice

26 September
Pharmacists band together to support research integrity.

On what basis is pharmacy policy made, and is it always in the best interest of health consumers?
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Smart phone device to save lives

26 September
A lifesaving smartphone device that can cheaply and quickly detect stroke-causing heart rhythm abnormalities is being piloted for the first time in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia.
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Artificial sweeteners hit sour note with sketchy science

16 September
University of Sydney and Charles Perkins Centre researchers have confirmed widespread bias in industry-funded research into artificial sweeteners, which is potentially misleading millions by overstating their health benefits.
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Physical activity may offset some of alcohol’s lethal harms

8 September
New research finds that people who drink alcohol are less likely to die from cancer if physically active.
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Free open course to help doctors join the eHealth revolution

30 August
Australia is in the midst of an eHealth revolution and medical practitioners who don't adopt new technology in their healthcare delivery risk being left behind, according to a University of Sydney expert.
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Precision medicine set to shake up the future

15 August
Thanks to new research in precision medicine, advances that were once only imaginable as science fiction are becoming closer to our health reality.
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University of Sydney researchers create game-based app to prevent heart attacks

5 August
Dr Lis Neubeck, from Sydney Nursing School and Charles Perkins Centre, and a team of Cardiac researchers from the University of Sydney have created a new game-based app to prevent heart attacks among people who have suffered a cardiac event.
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Eureka Prizes announces five Sydney finalists

29 July
Professor Stephen Simpson, from the Charles Perkins Centre, was amongst 5 academics from the University of Sydney who have been listed as a finalist for the prestigious Eureka Prize.
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New app gets active minds moving

20 July
An award-winning new app will give young people the chance to connect and make new friends while exercising when it is piloted for the first time at the University of Sydney this July.
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Why artificial sweeteners can increase appetite

13 July
New research sheds light on artificial sweeteners' impact in the brain

Studies in both animals and humans have suggested that consuming artificial sweeteners can make you feel hungry and actually eat more. A comprehensive new study co-led by the University of Sydney has revealed for the first time why this response occurs.
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Help at hand for people watching their weight

12 July
Researchers from the University of Sydney have developed a portable and easy-to-use method to help people estimate portion size using only their hands.
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Is obesity a disease?

17 June
Health and medical experts, industry and key decision makers will debate the classification of obesity when they gather at Obesity Australia's fifth annual summit at the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre on 22 June.
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Never too young to benefit from CPC Westmead’s research

24 May
The Charles Perkins Centre at Westmead places researchers who are tackling the most critical health problems facing Western Sydney close to the populations affected.

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Tiny cameras show food challenges of plunge diving boobies

The masked booby faces an increasingly moveable feast as its ocean prey swims randomly from one spot to the next, making it vulnerable to overfishing and habitat destruction, a University of Sydney and Charles Perkin Centre led project has revealed.
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Author Charlotte Wood announced as Charles Perkins Centre’s Writer in Residence

9 May
One of Australia’s most provocative authors, Charlotte Wood has been announced as winner of the $100,000 Writer in Residence Fellowship at the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre. The residency is the first of its kind in Australia.

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Leading health experts join fight against childhood obesity

20 April
A world-first research centre exclusively focused on tackling the childhood obesity epidemic will launch this week at the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre (CPC).

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WHO global diabetes report shows Australia must lift its game

7 April
Australia should do more to prevent diabetes and provide better care for those living with the disease, according to an author of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) first global diabetes report.
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Marketing to nurses to influence hospital purchasing decisions

5 April
Hospital-based nurses have high levels of contact with pharmaceutical and medical device sales people but receive little guidance about managing purchasing decisions, a new study in Annals of Internal Medicine reveals.
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Biological factors predict which viruses will cause human epidemics

22 March
The identification of biological factors that predict which viruses are most likely to spread among humans could help prevent and contain outbreaks, a study in today’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reports.
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Why being fat is an advantage for ants

18 March
Lean forager ants suffer malnutrition faster and die earlier than their fatter nest-based worker ant counterparts, according to new research co-authored by Professor Stephen Simpson.

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Ecology redefined in game-changing nutrition research

18 March
New research from the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre will create a seismic shift in the study of ecology, transforming one of the fundamental concepts of the field with cutting edge nutrition research.

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Activity monitoring devices could become instrumental in cardiac rehabilitation

8 March
New research from Sydney Nursing School and Charles Perkins Centre show that the Fitbit device helps monitor physical activity levels of cardiac patients.

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Dance your way to a healthy heart

2 March
A world first study has found people over the age of 40 who participate in dancing almost halve their risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.
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Do over-the-counter weight loss supplements work?

1 March
The Charles Perkin Centre's Dr Nick Fuller evaluates some of the most commonly used alternative weight loss medicines for their effectiveness.
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We can't close the gap on health unless we talk about nutrition

11 February
Diet is the single most important factor in the chronic disease epidemic facing Aboriginal communities

The 2016 Closing the Gap report fails to address nutrition despite its crucial importance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, argues Professor Stephen Simpson.

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Experts rank the best apps for weight loss

11 February
How to choose an app that will change behaviour

A new study from the Charles Perkins Centre has ranked the best apps for weight loss according to their accuracy, scientific basis, and ability to change behaviour.

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Study explains elastin’s remarkable movements

6 February
Protein that gives blood vessels and skin their strength and flexibility has its molecular motions revealed.

Elastin is a crucial building block; during a person’s life, the elastin in a blood vessel, for example, will go through an estimated two billion cycles of pulsation. But how the tissue achieved this flexibility remained a mystery. A paper published in Science Advances reports the discovery by an international group of researchers was a surprise, with the dynamics likened to the molecule doing a ballet dance.

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University of Sydney scholars named among world's most influential scientific minds

20 January
Professor Adrian Bauman from the Charles Perkins Centre has been selected as one of the world's most influential scientific minds.

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Taking a ‘diet holiday’ could improve weight loss

20 January
Avoid the 'all or nothing' approach to weight loss.

New research published in PLOS ONE suggests a break from dieting could lead to more efficient weight loss.
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