Centre for Big Data Research in Health

Shoppers queue outside wearing face masks because of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic dominated headlines on the UNSW Newsroom this year, but readers also wanted to know more about research in other health areas.

IVF

A new report by UNSW medical researchers sheds light on the latest IVF numbers, success rates and trends. 

Testing blood pressure

Hydrochlorothiazide use increases older people’s risk of developing skin cancer, a study by UNSW Sydney scientists has shown – but the researchers warn against suddenly stopping the medicine.

a human heart in virtual reality

UNSW researchers are developing an app to reduce re-admission of stroke patients to hospital and an online shopping tool to reduce blood pressure.

IVF

For the first time, a study – led by UNSW Medicine – has estimated a woman’s chances of having a second IVF baby.

Flatten the curve

Public health interventions can do more than just flatten the COVID-19 curve, UNSW epidemiological modelling shows.

painkillers

Medical researchers at UNSW have revealed how painkiller sales have developed since codeine was rescheduled in 2018.

Pregnant woman

Studies analysing the safety of using quit smoking medication during pregnancy have been few and far between – now, new UNSW big data research sheds light on the matter.

Heartburn

A new UNSW study has found that national initiatives were unsuccessful in reducing prolonged use of anti-acid medicines, and more targeted interventions are needed.

Xanax

Alprazolam – known as Xanax – is still being overprescribed and misused, a big data study has found.

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