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21 November 2018

Low-protein high-carb diet shows promise for healthy brain ageing

Low-protein high-carbohydrate diets may be the key to longevity, and healthy brain ageing in particular, according to a new mice study from the University of Sydney.
15 November 2018

Dr Michael Bowen awarded NHMRC grant for novel autism research

University of Sydney researcher Dr Michael Bowen has won a $634,841 NHMRC project grant to develop new approaches for treating autism and improve the health and healthcare of children and their families living with autism.
14 November 2018

How research is helping to reduce prejudice between people online

Research by academics in the School of Psychology has shown that online interaction between groups that have historically been hostile or distrustful has brought people together and shifted prejudices.
12 November 2018

Few doctors prescribe medical cannabis for chemo-induced nausea

Few doctors are prescribing medical cannabis to treat nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy because good evidence is lacking, say experts in today's Medical Journal of Australia.
07 November 2018

Intensive education ineffective for averting chronic low back pain

A new study published in JAMA Neurology finds that adding intensive patient education to primary-care is unnecessary for most patients with acute low back pain.
06 November 2018

New centre in substance use, mental disorders in young people

The University of Sydney will soon be home to a world-first centre tackling substance use and mental disorders in young people.
06 November 2018

Dental tourism: things to consider before going that extra mile for your smile

Dental care in Australia is not subsidised for the majority of Australians, and about half don't have any private dental insurance, which makes the allure of dental tourism clear, writes Dr Alexander Holden.
05 November 2018

Parramatta-Westmead campus proposal takes shape

The University of Sydney today welcomed an announcement by the NSW Government that it would enter into formal negotiations to establish a campus in Parramatta/Westmead.

02 November 2018

20 years of statins: how they changed heart health forever

The findings of the LIPID study changed heart health in Australia forever by significantly reducing the prevalence of strokes and heart attacks. The trial led directly to changes in clinical practice around the world, as well as statins being subsidised by the PBS.

31 October 2018

Shark bites and negative media linked to PTSD

Nearly a third of shark bite survivors experience post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) - an outcome compounded by negative media experiences, a new study by the University of Sydney's Brain and Mind Centre reports.