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Image - Building peace in Myanmar through the World Game
UNSW’s Football United is using the World Game to help heal social wounds in Myanmar, which is slowly recovering from six decades of conflict. The group will this week launch one of the country’s...
Published: 21 June 2016
Image - Should we still be choosing fat-free over full-fat products?
OPINION: Light or “lite”, 99% fat-free, reduced fat, low fat, less fat, reduced calorie, low calorie, lean, extra lean – are products with these labels always healthier? First, let’s talk about fat...
Published: 14 June 2016
Researchers at UNSW Australia are seeking volunteers who have received neurotoxic chemotherapy (i.e. chemotherapy that can cause damage to the nerves) as a treatment for cancer to complete an online...
Published: 8 June 2016
Image - Are there bad foods or just bad diets? The humble spud in the spotlight
UNSW experts have questioned new research that found potatoes increase your risk of high blood pressure, saying it is important to look at the whole diet and not just individual foods. The study,...
Published: 18 May 2016
Image - Thinking about getting the 2016 flu vaccine? Here’s what you need to know
OPINION: Up to one in ten adults and three in ten children are infected with influenza each year. The vaccine we have used for decades, the trivalent vaccine (TIV), protects against three strains of...
Published: 15 April 2016
Image - Address other life problems to get at-risk young people off methamphetamines
OPINION: While the level of methamphetamine use (including ice) has remained stable in population studies of young people at 2%, new research has found use of methamphetamines has increased...
Published: 7 March 2016
Image - Number of at-risk adolescents using methamphetamines doubles in five years
The number of at-risk adolescents in drug and alcohol treatment programs who reported taking methamphetamines doubled in the five years to 2014, new research shows. Almost 60% of young people...
Published: 7 March 2016
Image - Is that muesli bar you put in your child’s lunchbox actually healthy?
OPINION: There are rows upon rows of packaged snack foods in supermarkets, including snack bars made from muesli, cereal, nuts, seeds and fruit. Many of the labels on the packages shout out words...
Published: 29 February 2016
Image - Should we eat red meat? The nutrition and the ethics
OPINION: Many types of red meat and red meat products are available, from farmers' markets, to supermarkets, to restaurants. The impacts of their production and consumption on human health, animal...
Published: 26 February 2016
Image - Fiji cyclone: Vision crucial to avert long term health crisis – UNSW expert
A UNSW public health expert says shelter, water and sanitation are the immediate priorities for Fijians in the aftermath of Cyclone Winston, but longer term issues must also be addressed to avert a...
Published: 24 February 2016
Applications are now open for ‘The 2016 Aileen Plant Memorial Prize in Infectious Diseases Epidemiology’ and it will be closed on 29thApril 2016. The Aileen Prize Memorial Prize is awarded annually...
Published: 17 February 2016
Image - How do we halt the spread of Zika virus?
OPINION: With the World Health Organisation declaring a public health emergency following the discovery of clusters of neurologic disorders in areas affected by Zika virus, key questions must be...
Published: 2 February 2016
Jan Copeland receives Peter Baume Prize
Congratulations to Professor Jan Copeland (PhD) who has been awarded the Peter Baume Public Health Impact Prize from SPHCM, UNSW Australia.  This prize is given for significant international impact...
Published: 28 January 2016
Image - 150 lives saved each year in NSW hospitals thanks to sepsis awareness program
Patients presenting with sepsis in NSW hospitals are receiving life-saving treatment earlier thanks to a program that has transformed the way emergency departments respond to the condition, a UNSW...
Published: 25 January 2016
Image - Taking the ouch out of vaccines
English physician Edward Jenner developed the first vaccine more than 200 years ago to protect against smallpox. It was needle-free, involving arm-to-arm inoculation with the vaccinia virus....
Published: 7 January 2016
Image - Online 'recipes' for bird flu virus add to bioterrorism threat
OPINION: Despite continuing global efforts to contain avian influenza, or bird flu, the means of engineering this potentially deadly H5N1 virus to render it transmissible to humans is freely...
Published: 9 December 2015
Image - Happiness has no bearing on how long you'll live, study finds
A new study has challenged the widespread, but mistaken, notion that unhappiness and stress cause ill health and found that being happy won't make you live longer. The findings are published today...
Published: 8 December 2015
Image - Sydney teens with a social conscience show entrepreneurial flair
How would you improve the wellbeing of poor and marginalised communities in a sustainable way? This was the question posed recently to a group of budding teenage entrepreneurs with a social...
Published: 23 November 2015
Image - Mental health, HIV and public health researchers get NHMRC funding boost
New drug trials for treating HIV infection, major depression and helping smokers quit are among the UNSW projects that have received major backing in the latest round of federal government medical...
Published: 9 November 2015
Image - Infectious diseases experts say Australia is unprepared for a bioterrorism attack
It’s a frightening prospect: a deadly synthetic contagion is deliberately released at a major public event with the potential to inflict serious illness and death. The convenors of Australia’s first...
Published: 3 November 2015

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