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07 February 2018

Why heart age calculators should be used with caution

Online heart age and heart disease risk calculators are widely used but often misleading for the average person, new research from the University of Sydney reveals.
07 February 2018

New drug discovery project tackles neglected tropical disease

A drug discovery project launched late yesterday will take an open source approach to discover compounds that could lead to treatment for a neglected tropical infectious disease which causes devastating deformities.
02 February 2018

How a teacher from the Torres Strait is driving social change

When you take away culture, you take away someone's ability to live, writes Dr Vanessa Lee. In this opinion piece, she explains her transition from teaching in the Torres Strait to academia.
02 February 2018

Meet the power couple of back pain research

The drugs don't work, but video games might, say experts Paulo and Manuela Ferreira. The couple are former physiotherapists and now University of Sydney back pain researchers.
02 February 2018

New research project to help tackle chronic pain

University of Sydney pain researcher Professor Fiona Blyth AM has been awarded a $500,000 project grant to investigate how to reduce the risk of people developing chronic pain.
01 February 2018

Kids born later in the year can still excel in sport

A child’s birth month shouldn’t affect their long-term prospects in high-level sport and those who hold off specialising until later years may be the most successful, according to new research from the University of Sydney.
30 January 2018

Report identifies NDIS gaps for people living with mental illness

Many will be left without appropriate mental health support in the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme according to a report detailing experiences of consumers, providers and advocacy groups.
29 January 2018

Poisonings due to medications decreasing but more work needed

The number of child poisonings due to accidental exposure to medicines has decreased however more education is needed to reduce the number of children with non-urgent cases presenting to hospital.
25 January 2018

Harnessing vitamin D and body’s own killer cells to fight MS

Eight University of Sydney researchers have been awarded almost $750,000 from MS Research Australia to investigate causes and treatments for multiple sclerosis.
23 January 2018

Backpacks, shoes, and bedtimes: our experts' back to school tips

As thousands of children, parents and teachers prepare for a new school year, our education and health experts share insights on shoes, school bags, helping students thrive and more.