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18 October 2019

Top ways travellers try to beat jetlag

A study of passengers travelling on long haul Qantas flights provides an insight into the ways travellers are trying to minimise feelings of jetlag.
16 October 2019

Physical activity in lessons improves students' attainment

Students who take part in physical exercises like star jumps or running on the spot during school lessons do better in tests than peers who stick to sedentary learning, according to a University College London and University of Sydney study.
15 October 2019

Estuarine waters hold promise in global pain-relief hunt

In a world first, a team of Australian-led researchers has discovered a uniquely shaped fungus in pristine waters, which may mimic opioids with fewer side-effects. It had been hoped that such a molecular structure might exist.

14 October 2019

Organs 'too risky' to donate may be safer than we think

Detailed infectious virus testing shows potential for increasing organ donation in Australia, by including people previously ineligible due to increased risk of blood-borne viruses, writes Dr Karen Waller and Prof Angela Webster.
14 October 2019

Motor neurone disease fundraising: one family's fight for life

Motor neurone disease has affected the Churm family for generations, and there is no knowing when the deadly condition will strike next. Now the Churms are fighting back.
09 October 2019

How to keep cool in a blackout during a heatwave

What works best when there is no air-conditioning - it's an issue faced increasingly by residents of densely populated cities. Blackouts during heatwaves are becoming common; a new paper could give comfort and save lives.
08 October 2019

Unique online platform engages youth in suicide prevention: study

A one-stop-shop digital disruptor developed by Sydney researchers - which initially focused on at risk youth - reports on its first trials. The platform, now delivered through InnoWell, has extended to all ages, supported by $30m government funding.
08 October 2019

Do physios manage pain properly?

New international research shows one in four physiotherapists provide treatments that aren't based on evidence, writes Dr Joshua Zadro.
04 October 2019

The Honourable Nicola Roxon receives Doctor of Laws

Former parliamentarian the Honourable Nicola Roxon has received a Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) in recognition of her contributions to government, health and public health law.
03 October 2019

When big companies fund academic research, the truth often comes last

Industry funders can go to great lengths to suppress the findings of academic research when it's not favourable to the company, Professor Lisa Bero writes.