Health

Louisa degenhardt

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.

DSinclair headshot

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.

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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.

Centenarian web

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.

China mask

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.

Suicide prevention

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.

Obese exercise

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.

Cancer patient

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

When obese people diet, they often find it virtually impossible to lose weight. Now researchers have found the brain circuitry behind the phenomenon.

Ministers Maree

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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