Even small amounts of exercise – from as little as one hour per week – can offer significant protection against depression, an international research team led by the Black Dog Institute has found.


UNSW research should encourage schools and even nursing homes to consider adopting exercise routines to assist memory.


Many people stretch when they exercise or play sport. But does it actually reduce soreness and the risk of injury or enhance sporting performance? Rob Herbert takes a look.

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Dementia isn’t inevitable and simple lifestyle changes in middle age are still the best way to keep the disease at bay.

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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.


No one can claim to be unaware of the risks of obesity. But research shows the link between obesity and ill-health is not as simple as it’s often made out to be, writes Lesley Campbell.

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Exercise, not diet, is the key to overcoming adverse metabolic effects passed on to children by their overweight mothers, new research has shown for the first time.

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Running may trigger the production of new brain cells throughout life, possibly building a "buffer" to hold off diseases such as Alzheimer's, research presented at the Brain Sciences UNSW shows.

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For the first time, UNSW medical researchers have demonstrated that exercise can reverse the effects in the brain of psychological trauma experienced early in life.

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Dementia may be avoidable and doctors should take a more optimistic approach to the condition, according to research involving two UNSW academics.