Brain inside

Australian scientists have played a key role in the identification of a biochemical mechanism that allows brain cancers to survive and grow, offering hope of new treatments to combat some of the most aggressive tumours.

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Drugs to help people live to 150 could be available within a decade, but the consequences of prolonged life will change Australia forever, experts have told a 1,000-strong audience at the 2011 Medicine Dean's Lecture.

Research into snakebite venom, the role of sex hormones in schizophrenia, and ways to reduce smoking rates in socioeconomically disadvantaged groups has won UNSW more than $46 million in federal government health funding.

Stroke inside

Doctors are underutilising crucial medication to prevent deadly strokes in those with a common type of heart condition, new research says.

The prevalence of hepatitis is dropping among prison entrants, but infection rates could fall even faster through better immunisation and treatment, new research shows.

There has been an alarming jump in some STI infections, with rates of Chlamydia up 17 percent and gonorrhoea rising 25 percent, new national surveillance figures show.

If you have dementia and need to be admitted to hospital to be treated for other illnesses or injuries, your prospects for recovery are substantially worse than for other patients, research has found.

SMILE palm inside

Humour therapy is as effective as widely used antipsychotic drugs in managing agitation in people with dementia - and avoids serious drug side effects, a new study shows.

The largest study of its kind has confirmed the existence of common genetic contributors to bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

Two of Australia's leading experts address free public seminar chaired by Ita Buttrose to mark World Alzheimer's Day, Wednesday 21st Sept.