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29 April 2019

Election campaign lesson #1: don't mess with Medicare

Health has taken centre stage once again this election, with both sides trying to use "Mediscare" tactics to drive fear about cuts or shortfalls in the health system, writes Associate Professor Jim Gillespie.
24 April 2019

Parents reassured febrile seizures following vaccination not dangerous

University of Sydney research finds that febrile seizures after vaccination are rare, not serious and are no different to febrile seizures due to other causes, such as from a virus.
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.
18 April 2019

Cannabis use in inflammatory bowel disease: new surveys announced

Two new surveys announced for patients using or considering using medicinal cannabis to ease the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease and for specialists caring for these patients.
17 April 2019

Level the playing field to keep future swim stars in the water

The University of Sydney and Swimming Australia are collaborating on a world-first project investigating the impact growth spurts and different rates of development have on performance and ongoing involvement in swimming.
16 April 2019

Poor management of surgery pain key contributor to opioid crisis

Over the past decade there has been an increasing reliance on strong opioids to treat acute and chronic pain, which has been associated with a rising epidemic of prescription opioid misuse, abuse, and overdose-related deaths.
15 April 2019

Strengthen health systems to cope with climate change challenges

University of Sydney expert Professor Anthony Capon says climate change is already harming the health of Australians and there is an urgent need for stronger climate change action by all tiers of government.
15 April 2019

Malaria and the doctor who changed the rules of treatment

The people of Burma, now Myanmar, were being devastated by conflict and drug resistant malaria, when alumna Rose McGready arrived. It was a temporary work placement that became much more than she expected.
09 April 2019

Open source drug research could open up medicine

Universal access to medicine could come via open source drug discovery, argues lecturer Dr Alice Motion. She works to make drug discovery less secretive, so that more people can help find the pharmaceuticals the world needs.
04 April 2019

Sydney places 25th in the world in global impact ranking

The University of Sydney has been ranked 25th in the overall 2019 Times Higher Education University Impact Ranking.