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Replacing two-yearly pap smears with five-yearly testing for the human papillomavirus (HPV) is expected to reduce cervical cancer rates even further, writes Karen Canfell.

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UNSW and Harvard professor David Sinclair has been named by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world and "the geneticist who is making age reversal real".

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Researchers at UNSW have for the first time used electrical pulses delivered from a cochlear implant to deliver gene therapy, successfully regrowing auditory nerves.

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There are calls for the frail and elderly not be be overlooked for vaccines against pneumonia this winter, with UNSW research challenging conventional wisdom on immunisation effectiveness in older patients.

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Drivers for legalising cannabis are more likely to be political and based on public opinion, rather than econimic arguements, write Marian Shanahan and Alison Ritter. 

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In a step forward for patient safety, a new electronic “safety net” for hospital medical tests has had significant success, with no results going missing under the new system. 

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The percentage of Australian teenagers choosing not to drink alcohol rose significantly in the ten years to 2010, new research shows.

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Bowel cancer claims more Australian lives than either prostate or breast cancer, yet it is largely preventable. So why are awareness and funding so low, asks Graham Newstead. 

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The number of illicit drug retailers selling to Australia on underground websites increased significantly in 2013, according to the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at UNSW. 

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UNSW Scientia Professor David Cooper has been recognised as a medical luminary by the Medical Journal of Australia.

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