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19 July 2018

Sunscreen reduces melanoma risk by 40 percent in young people

Melanoma is the most common cancer diagnosed in Australian men aged 25-49 years and the second most common cancer in women aged 25-49 years, after breast cancer.
17 July 2018

New discovery a game changer in diagnosing genetic heart disease

Researchers have discovered that whole genome sequencing can boost the diagnostic pick-up rate in people with cardiomyopathy, a common genetic heart condition, by up to 20 percent.
16 July 2018

Sydney Analytical launches world-class facility for researchers

The University of Sydney unveils its newest core facility, Sydney Analytical, with capabilities in spectroscopy, x-ray analysis, chemical characterisation, training and access for industry.
10 July 2018

Could mental health apps lead to overdiagnosis?

Mental health app marketing commonly presents mental health problems as ubiquitous and individuals as responsible for mental wellbeing; overdiagnosis and denial of the social factors related to mental health could result.
09 July 2018

The time for a sugar tax is now

As a federal election looms, now is the time for coordinated, strategic and innovative action to improve Australia's health according to the authors of a Perspective article published in the Medical Journal of Australia today.
09 July 2018

Rising trend for keyhole appendix removal benefits kids

New University of Sydney research finds laparoscopic (keyhole) appendicectomy for children improves outcomes and is associated with a shorter length of hospital stay, compared to open appendicectomy.
05 July 2018

Content of illicit cannabis to treat kids with epilepsy revealed

A study of community use of medicinal cannabis to treat childhood epilepsy has found most samples contained some THC and little CBD, contrary to parents' expectations, and a majority were reported as reducing seizures.
05 July 2018

Sleep disorder linked to brain changes seen in dementia

Obstructive sleep apnoea has been linked to brain changes seen in the early stages of dementia, University of Sydney research reveals.
04 July 2018

Australian GPs cautiously supportive of medicinal cannabis access

A majority of GPs believe medicinal cannabis should be available on prescription, bypassing the specialist system, but most lack information about how to negotiate the bureaucratic processes to meet increasing patient demand.
03 July 2018

Anticonvulsant drugs ineffective for back pain, pose risk of adverse effects

Anticonvulsant drugs are ineffective in the treatment of lower back and lumbar radicular pain despite prescriptions rising by 500 percent in the past decade, new research led by the University of Sydney reveals.