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A diet of junk food not only makes rats fat, it also reduces their appetite for novel foods and a balanced diet, UNSW research shows.

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Professor Michelle Haber has won the NSW Cancer Institute's top honour for her ground-breaking translational research, which has led to increased survival rates for children with cancer.

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The practice of locking up children indefinitely, identifying them by number, exposing them to violence and depriving them of education stands in stark contrast to widely held Australian values, writes Karen Zwi.

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Depression, alcohol and drug dependence are indiscriminate killers. It doesn’t matter how wealthy, funny or beautiful you are, write Katherine Mills, Frances Kay-Lambkin and Maree Teesson.

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Research shows that even innocuous-sounding “talking therapies”  – counselling and psychotherapy  – can be harmful if aimed at the wrong people, writes Gordon Parker.

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Researchers have found that in just four years the HPV vaccine has resulted in a dramatic drop in genital warts in young Australians of all backgrounds, a result that could herald good news for cervical cancer rates.

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Twins Neeranjali and Swaranjali Jain have added another success to their names, jointly winning the Jamieson Award for graduate women.  

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Far too much of our energy comes from nutritionally worthless junk foods and drinks pushed by the food industry, write Rosemary Stanton and Christina Pollard.

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Are we inadvertently responsible for the high number of Australians dying through suicide in old age, asks Roderick McKay.

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Annual HIV funding from developed to developing countries is about $US18 billion, however this is still about $US5 billion a year short of what’s required to sustain the gains of the last decade, writes William Bowtell.

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