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2020: all news


04 December 2020

Sustained drop in gambling frequency since pubs and clubs re-opened

A study to be presented at the Brain and Mind Centre Symposium 2020 today shows that over six months from the early days of COVID-19 to November, gambling frequency reduced, signalling a window of opportunity post-pandemic.

04 December 2020

Eco-friendly pens startup collaborating with students on global distribution

William Tjo was always an environmentally conscious student while studying at the University of Sydney. But it wasn't until co-founding Paper Pens Co., a startup that produces eco-friendly gel pens, that he was able to put his passion into practice.
04 December 2020

Should Australians be worried about waiting for a COVID vaccine?

The news that Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine has gained emergency approval in the United Kingdom and may be distributed to selected high-risk groups as early as next week is welcome.
03 December 2020

What people with disability told us about their experiences of disasters and emergencies

Australia has no nationally consistent standards to ensure access and inclusion of people with disability in disaster risk reduction - listening to their experiences will help ensure no one is left behind in the future, writes Associate Professor Michelle Villeneuve.
03 December 2020

Longevity gene could be key in reducing risk of death for men with chronic disease

An international team of researchers have found men with existing cardiometabolic diseases, and a version of a 'longevity gene' have found they lived just as long as men who did not have the disease.
02 December 2020

Marginal and informal housing a COVID health risk

New research finds the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed a rise in underlying housing vulnerabilities such as overcrowding and a link between falling demand for Airbnb style short-term rental accommodation and an increase in long-term private rental housing availability.
02 December 2020

Cannabidiol (CBD) in cannabis does not impair driving, landmark study shows

Scientists from the Lambert Initiative have shown that a medically active component of cannabis does not impact driving ability and moderate THC intoxication lasts a few hours, with implications for drug-driving laws and managing medical cannabis.
01 December 2020

Playing it cool: how the body copes during heatwaves

With few signs that greenhouse gases are being sufficiently reined in, adapting to higher temperatures is now more necessary and urgent. The little known field of thermoregulatory physiology is developing lifesaving strategies.
01 December 2020

Discovery shines light on how cancer cells could protect themselves

Sydney researchers have found cancer cells can repair their DNA by using 'cables' in their nucelus. The findings open new possibilities for designing future cancer treatments.
01 December 2020

Donor support to help fund breakthrough research into heart disease

No one knows why our hearts fail. But a ground-breaking research project led by Dr Lal at the University of Sydney could be our best chance of finding an answer.