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Health benefits of dog ownership explored in new research node

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31 August
Man’s best friend is set to become his lab partner, with the launch of a research node on the health effects of dog ownership at the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre.

In collaboration with the RSPCA NSW, the dog ownership node brings together experts in public health, physical activity and exercise, disease prevention, behaviour change, health psychology, human-animal interactions, and canine health. Read more

Farmers have a role in reducing obesity and malnutrition: health experts

21 August
Associate Professor Robyn Alders was interviewed on ABC Rural about the recent ‘Resetting the Australian table: adding value and adding health’ symposium, held at the University of Sydney.

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Young scientist awarded crowd funding for inflammatory disease research

25 August
One of our own Charles Perkins Centre researchers has been awarded crowd funding for his research into Inflammatory Bowel Disease through a competition for young scientists.

Dr Belal Chami entered a short video into the competition that encouraged early to mid career researchers to share work that would have a positive impact on society. The public were then encouraged to watch the videos, contribute funds to a prize pool and vote for their favourite project.

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Dr Chami’s video submission was voted in the top 10 projects nationally and will receive $1,200 of the $14,000 prize pool. His video, filmed at the Charles Perkins Centre, has been viewed more than 4000 times since 15 July. Read more


Scientists should take a leaf out of wellness bloggers' books

14 August
How can we distinguish credible wellness information from unfounded pseudoscience? And why is it that wellness gurus are often taken more seriously than scientists? Jackie Randles writes.

With so much conflicting health information available today, it's hard for those without scientific training to make decisions based on hard evidence.

If you're seeking information about losing weight, detoxing, managing illness or becoming fitter, finding credible voices amidst the proliferation of chat from the attractive commentators who dominate popular wellness channels is daunting. Read more

First published on ABC's The Drum

How mobile phones could save us from obesity

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13 August
A world-first intervention designed by Charles Perkins Centre researchers specifically for young people found mobile phones could improve health and halt weight gain.

Researchers designed a world-first mobile phone intervention for young people at risk of obesity which used text messages, a mobile phone app, emails, diet resources and personalised coaching calls. Participants in the program lost weight, increased physical activity, ate more vegetables and drank fewer sugary drinks. Read more