Health

Risk of drowning in rivers

The Aussie tradition of cooling off in a river could be fatal on Australia Day after a recent UNSW study showed a heightened risk of drowning on the day.

P2 Face Masks

Conjoint Professor Bin Jalaludin from UNSW School of Public Health and Community Medicine answers your top questions about air quality and how to stay protected as the Australian bushfires continue.
 

Baby needs help breathing

Whooping cough bacteria are becoming smarter at colonising and feeding off unwitting hosts, strengthening calls for a new vaccine, according to UNSW researchers.

eyes

Another troubling consequence of the bushfire smoke is its effects on our eyes. But there are some steps we can take to minimise irritation and any risk of longer-term harm.

Woman with difficulty breathing

Particulates in fire smoke can irritate the lining of the respiratory tract, causing throat irritation, coughing and breathing difficulties.

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UNSW Philosophy/Medicine alumnus Dr Thomas Riisfeldt resurrects the end-of-life debate with his controversial stance on the ethics of euthanasia. 

Opioids

A review of more than 100 studies from around the world has shown that people who use opioids for extramedical reasons have significantly higher rates of mortality.

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The most popular stories of 2019 take us from identifying semi-identical twins in pregnancy to reversing the negative effects of menopause. 

Christmas table setting

A psychologist weighs in on why our brain tells us to overeat during the holidays – and how we can manage those signals.

Dr Jaffly Chen

UNSW Sydney student Dr Jaffly Chen has been selected for the prestigious Schwarzman Scholars Class of 2021 in China.

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