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2019 stories

11 July 2019

Preeclampsia risk may be reduced by a healthy high-fibre diet

New research suggests gut bacteria could have an impact on the outcome of pregnancies, with a high plant-based fibre diet recommended.
13 June 2019

Professor Tony Weiss wins prestigious Clunies Ross Award

Sydney scientist development of synthetic skin treatment has been recognised with national award.
11 June 2019

Are pharma payments to nurses impacting your healthcare?

New analysis reveals pharmaceutical industry payments to Australian non-prescribing healthcare professionals such as nurses and pharmacists are substantial, raising questions around influence and a call for greater transparency.
09 June 2019

New device could replace need for diabetes pin prick testing

University of Sydney researchers along with industry and government partners recently unveiled a breath ketone analyser at the Hong Kong International Medical and Healthcare Fair.
06 June 2019

Dementia research finds its perfect match online

A new online matching service is set to revolutionise the way people with dementia and researchers connect, fast-tracking more effective and inclusive dementia research across Australia.
13 May 2019

Common food additive found to affect gut microbiota

Experts call for better regulation of a common additive in foods and medicine, as research reveals it can impact the gut microbiota and could lead to inflammatory bowel diseases or colorectal cancer.
03 May 2019

For giant pandas, bamboo is vegetarian 'meat'

New research using an approach called nutritional geometry sheds light on giant panda evolution, and their unusual transition from carnivorous ancestry to extreme specialised herbivory.
20 May 2019

Scientists rush to support complex insight into obesity

Playwright Alana Valentine has been delighted by responses from scientists to her work Made to Measure, now playing at the Seymour Centre.
01 May 2019

Pain researchers find antidote to deadly box jellyfish sting

A team of pain researchers in the Charles Perkins Centre studied the most venomous creature on earth to learn how venom works and what causes pain.
01 May 2019

Put down the protein shake: variety of protein better for health

University of Sydney researchers have examined whether there are any ongoing ramifications or potential side-effects from long-term high protein intake or from consuming certain types of amino acids.
23 April 2019

Can physical activity offset the health risks of too much sitting?

In findings that could relieve desk-bound office workers, a weekly dose of at least 150 minutes of physical activity could substantially reduce or offset the mortality risks in 'high sitters', University of Sydney research finds.
02 April 2019

Research unlocks biomechanic mystery behind deadly blood clots

Researchers at the University of Sydney have used biomechanical engineering techniques to unlock the mystery surrounding the mechanical forces that influence blood clotting.
02 April 2019

Stillbirth risk more than halved by side sleeping in late pregnancy

Going to sleep on either side in the last three months of pregnancy can more than halve the risk of stillbirth, an international study assessing risk factors for stillbirth has found.
21 March 2019

Data sharing by popular health apps is "routine", research finds

Researchers call for greater regulation and transparency as analysis of medicines-related apps found most directly shared user data - including sensitive health data - with third parties, posing an unprecedented privacy risk.
07 March 2019

"Unacceptable secrecy" around potential safety risks of medicines

Should new safety warnings about the potentially serious harmful effects of medicines be considered 'confidential business information'? University of Sydney researchers make a case for stronger regulation and full ongoing public access.
28 February 2019

Early signs of fatty liver disease detected in blood

Researchers have discovered biomarkers in the blood that can predict the accumulation of toxic fats in the liver - a sign of early fatty liver disease.
22 February 2019

Study links diabetes and back pain

People with diabetes have a 35 percent higher risk of experiencing low back pain and 24 percent higher risk of having neck pain than those without diabetes, a review by University of Sydney researchers has found.
21 February 2019

Steep rise in self-poisonings in children and adolescents

New research finds young Australians are increasingly engaging in self-harm and increasingly prescribed medications used to treat symptoms of mental disorders such as depression and anxiety.
21 February 2019

The new exercise trend that is made for everyone

From washing the car to climbing stairs or carrying groceries, each of these activities is an opportunity for short sharp bursts of 'High Intensity Incidental Physical Activity', HIIPA for short.
14 February 2019

Treating insomnia improves back pain

A new analysis from the University of Sydney shows treatment for insomnia can help to reduce back pain, further enforcing the complex link between sleep and pain.

12 February 2019

The heat is on: keeping the vulnerable safe during heatwaves

Associate Professor Ollie Jay and an international team are recruiting people over 60 to take part in a study which will measure human physiological responses to over 1900 simulated heatwave exposures.
07 February 2019

Transparency reporting by pharmaceutical industry in decline

Researchers warn Australian pharmaceutical companies are no longer required to publicly disclose many payments to the health sector, and advocate for US-style legislation to ensure full and long-lasting transparency.
06 February 2019

Weight gain in early childhood affects teenage heart health

Obesity and cardiovascular risk factors in childhood and adolescence are associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease in adulthood, the leading cause of death in Australia.
05 February 2019

Scientific breakthroughs take time, research confirms

Dr Isobel Ronai, who completed her PhD at the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre and School of Life and Environmental Sciences, makes the case for basic biological research.
01 February 2019

Stem cell growth accelerated by tropoelastin protein

Tropoelastin, the raw material used to create 'MeTro' elastic surgical glue developed with the University of Sydney, has been found to encourage stem cell growth - with the potential to ultimately help the body repair itself.
24 January 2019

Back to School: preparing for the new year

The first day of school can be exciting yet daunting for pupils, parents and teachers. University of Sydney education, tech and health experts share their evidence-based advice.