Health

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While research provides some evidence that lithium protects the brain from dementia, its potentially harmful effects to other organs needs to be studied before it is added to drinking water, writes Perminder Sachdev.

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Janet Meagher, a champion for the rights of people with mental health issues, and Professor Allan Fels, Chairman of the National Mental Health Commission, have been awarded the Australian Mental Health Prize.

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The George Institute for Global Health has received a landmark investment of $24 million from the Australian Government to undertake research to prevent and treat cardiometabolic diseases.

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Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has visited UNSW Sydney to announce more support for Australia’s next generation of medical researchers.

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Screening prospective parents for genetic mutations allows them to make important decisions about the health of their future families.

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Being exposed to abuse or neglect before age five is the strongest predictor of whether a child will be at risk for future mental illness, a study from UNSW Sydney finds.

 

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The Avner Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, Australia’s peak body for the disease, has awarded a second grant to UNSW's Professor Minoti Apte.

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UNSW School of Public Health’s Future Health Leaders program is celebrating its first graduate, whose work has led to better support for medical students in Shanghai.

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If children develop severe respiratory illness before two years old, they are at least double the risk of developing asthma later in childhood, a study of NSW babies has found.

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For survival rates of childhood brain cancer to improve, researchers need to adopt strategies similar to those used to tackle leukaemia, writes David Ziegler.

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