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15 August 2019

Asthmatics over-using over-the-counter puffers: study

For the first time, details about Australians using over-the-counter reliever puffers have been revealed, indicating people may be placing themselves at risk by not getting a diagnosis and taking preventative medication.

12 August 2019

Online options for youth mental health

The statistic is distressing but it suggests an effective place to start treatment: 75 percent of mental health problems begin before age 25, and 50 percent before age 15. Now a common point of contact has suggested a radical approach to service delivery.
09 August 2019

Funding boosts cardiovascular research at Sydney

University of Sydney researchers receive NSW Government funding to help combat Australia's number one killer - cardiovascular disease.
07 August 2019

Google awards $1m to University of Sydney to put AI into health

The Westmead Applied Research Centre has won Australia's inaugural $1 million Google.org AI Impact Challenge for a translational digital health program that will use digital tools to prevent heart attacks.
06 August 2019

Is it safe to use an electric fan for cooling?

The safety and effectiveness of electric fans in heatwaves depend on the climate and basing public health advice on common weather metrics could be misleading, according to a new study from the University of Sydney.
01 August 2019

Why intercountry adoption needs a rethink

In a globalising world where new family structures are emerging and evolving, a University of Sydney scholar is calling for a reassessment of the regulations around intercountry adoption.
31 July 2019

Academics announced as finalists in 5 Eureka Prize categories

Academics with expertise spanning biomedical engineering, the internet-of-things, medicine and quantum physics have been selected as finalists for five categories in Australia's most comprehensive national science awards, the 2019 Australian Museum's Eureka Prizes.

30 July 2019

$1.5 million awarded for dementia prevention study

Researchers have secured funding from the National Health Medical Research Council for a first-ever trial of both screening and intervention for obstructive sleep apnoea in older people at risk for dementia.

29 July 2019

Explainer: What is Ligandrol and how does it work? 

Associate Professor Nial Wheate from the School of Pharmacy comments on the history of Ligandrol, how it works and news this week about the drug.

26 July 2019

Dancing in the dark could have benefits for health and wellbeing

Our researchers partnered with No Lights, No Lycra to explore who regularly attends their nationwide free-form dance events held in the dark, including their motivations and self-reported health benefits.