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19 December 2023

How effective are opioid medications for cancer pain?

The world's largest review on opioid medicines for cancer pain has found it is unclear whether some commonly used opioid medicines are better than a placebo and suggests that non-opioid medicines, including aspirin, may be as effective as opioids.
15 November 2023

Sydney researchers win NSW Premier's Prizes for Science and Engineering

Three researchers from the University of Sydney have received NSW Premier's Prizes for Science and Engineering, recognising their impactful work on the local and global stage across science, health and engineering.
29 June 2023

Opioids no more effective than placebo for acute back and neck pain

Opioid pain-relieving medicines are not more effective than a placebo in relieving acute back and neck pain and may even cause harm, according to a world-first trial led by the University of Sydney.
23 May 2023

In 2050, over 800 million people globally estimated to be living with back pain

Study estimates there will be over 800 million cases of low back pain in 2050, a 36 percent increase from 2020. With an ageing population, researchers say we must 'put the brakes' on low back pain cases before the burden becomes too great for our healthcare system.
01 May 2023

Sciatica surgery pain relief benefits short-lived

A new study has found surgery to reduce leg pain and disability in people with sciatica may not be effective in the long-term.