Health

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25 March 2013
In partnership with the health sector, UNSW is offering a new workplace-based professional doctorate for emerging leaders in public health.
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19 March 2013
Young men in the military are three times more likely than those in the general population to have committed a violent offence in their lifetime, new research shows.
asthma
18 March 2013
The first study of the effects of Sydney’s air pollution on the development of asthma has been carried out at UNSW.
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17 March 2013
Are opioids really the lifetime treatment of choice for someone who may live the rest of their lives experiencing chronic pain, sometimes worsening as they age, asks Louisa Degenhardt.
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07 March 2013
UNSW Professor David Sinclair has used a compound in red wine to develop a revolutionary class of drugs with the potential to prevent age-related illnesses and extend lifespans.
Amy Reichelt
07 March 2013
Addictions can be difficult to kick, especially when we are surrounded by people and situations that trigger the habit. But psychological conditioning can break the cycle, explains Amy Reichelt.
Dorothy De Low
25 February 2013
Genetic material from 14 of Australia’s oldest citizens has been sent overseas in a bid to discover the secret of surviving and thriving into very old age.
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21 February 2013
Health care workers who consistently wear special fitted face masks are much less likely to get clinical respiratory and bacterial infections, according to new research led by UNSW academics.
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20 February 2013
Doctors may in the future be able to take a blood test to determine if a patient is suicidal, with the hope of decreasing the number of people taking their own lives.
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13 February 2013
Almost two-thirds of adults and one fifth of children aged five to nine years are either overweight or obese, with a higher prevalence among people from lower socioeconomic groups, write Professors Nick Zwar and Mark Harris.
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08 February 2013
The chances of a woman surviving ovarian cancer and her quality of life during treatment could be significantly improved, with an international trial about to get underway in Sydney.
obesity
06 February 2013
When obese people diet, they often find it virtually impossible to lose weight. Now researchers have found the brain circuitry behind the phenomenon.
Practical outcomes ... Minister Butler, Prof Teesson and Minister Plibersek
31 January 2013
Solving some of the most pressing mental health issues affecting our community – substance abuse and suicide – is the focus of two Centres of Research Excellence, launched at UNSW by Ministers Tanya Plibersek and Mark Butler.
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25 January 2013
Antidepressant use continues to rise yet the jury is still out on the drugs' effectiveness for the most common forms of depression, writes Scientia Professor Philip Mitchell.
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23 January 2013
Harnessing genetic science to head off major depressive disorder, the world’s leading cause of disability, is fraught with controversy, writes Dr Alex Wilde.
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22 January 2013
A compound originally designed to treat leukaemia could also be effective in preventing asthma.
Norovirus capsid
15 January 2013
UNSW researchers have discovered a strain of norovirus they warn could cause a severe epidemic of acute gastroenteritis in Australia this winter.
Phillippa_Taberlay
10 January 2013
A UNSW-affiliated researcher is one of six young people awarded Cancer Institute NSW grants to find new ways to help prevent and treat cancer.
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07 January 2013
A world-first study is under way looking at the genetic predisposition of some people to become depressed after bereavement.
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18 December 2012
Groundbreaking work on HIV, cardiovascular disease and improving patient safety are among the major UNSW research programs to be awarded funding by the National Health and Medical Research Council.
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17 December 2012
Young people with a known genetic risk of bipolar disorder but no clinical signs of the condition show reduced reaction to facial emotions, a new brain imaging study has found.
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14 December 2012
The burden of major depression and anxiety have each increased by 37 per cent in 20 years, according to the Global Burden of Disease report.
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14 December 2012
Ketamine may be useful as an antidepressant in urgent situations – where the patient is seriously depressed and acutely suicidal – and where other treatments have failed, writes Colleen Loo.
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12 December 2012
The challenge is to restore integrity and critical independence to research, while placing community interests above that of industry, write Adam Dunn, Ian Kerridge and Wendy Lipworth.
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10 December 2012
Depression can be deadly. Asking for help, and enabling early intervention, can save lives, writes Kerryn Phelps.

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