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Doctors lag behind nurses in hand hygiene in hospitals, despite evidence that alcohol-based hand rub is the cheapest and best way to prevent infection, according to a new study.

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For middle-aged people with narrowed arteries, new research finds the flu vaccine may almost halve the risk of a heart attack. 

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It’s in the public interest to establish consumer groups' independence and to expect their relationships with industry to be both disclosed and appropriately managed, write Wendy Lipworth and Ian Kerrige. 

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For the most part, acute gastroenteritis is a self-limiting disease. It usually resolves completely without medical treatment, writes Michael Tam. 

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Professor Helen Christensen has won a major fellowship for mental health research, worth $3.75 million. The Kirby Institute was also a big winner in the latest NHMRC funding round.

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If we want to cure cancer we need to think like venture capitalists: backing big, radical ideas and taking commensurate risks, writes Peter Smith. 

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Children with the particularly lethal cancer neuroblastoma could benefit from potentially life-saving treatment, following breakthrough work led by UNSW medical researchers.VIDEO

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Australia’s first undergraduate-entry Doctor of Medicine (MD) program will offer UNSW medical graduates a higher level qualification and a more globally-recognised degree. 

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The paleo diet is widely different from the food of our ancestors and its range demands scrutiny before it can be recommended for modern life, argues Rosemary Stanton. 

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The Kirby Institute has received $4 million for a new research fellowship to help address increasing rates of sexually transmissible infections and blood borne viruses.

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