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11 December 2023

It's extremely hot, could I have heat stroke?

Hot weather can place great stress on our bodies. When the environmental conditions exceed the limit at which we can adequately cope, we can suffer from heat-related illnesses. Heat illnesses can vary, from relatively mild heat exhaustion to the potentially life-threatening condition of heat stroke, writes Professor Ollie Jay for The Conversation.
08 December 2023

How researchers designed Australia's first mobile cooling hub

Socially disadvantaged people are especially exposed to extreme heat. Dr Timothy English and co-authors explore a pilot project opening in Sydney will use the best available evidence to keep vulnerable people cool on the hottest of days.
07 December 2023

IHACPA partners with University of Sydney to boost health research and training

The Independent Health and Aged Care Pricing Authority will collaborate with the University of Sydney to create new opportunities for research and the healthcare workforce.
07 December 2023

Student developing way for the blind to play ping pong using sound

A University of Sydney Engineering Honours student is developing technology to allow people with low vision and blindness to play ping pong using sound.
06 December 2023

Brain and Mind Centre wins Wellcome Mental Health Award

A multidisciplinary team led by the Brain and Mind Centre at the University of Sydney has been awarded a $5.4M trust grant to fund their research into youth-onset mood disorders called circadian depression.
04 December 2023

This chef landed his dream job, but it's not in a restaurant

Meet Cordon Bleu-trained Chef Marzio Lanzini, who manages Sydney's newest kitchen - not in a high-class restaurant, but at the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre.
01 December 2023

New perspective on limits of survival and liveability in extreme heat

Record-breaking heatwaves made headlines during 2023, raising questions about how humans will survive and function in a warming world. A new study suggests the outlook may be even worse than expected, challenging recommended thresholds for survivability in the heat.
29 November 2023

No evidence found that cannabis reduces long term opioid use

A 20-year Australian study has found no evidence to suggest cannabis reduces illicit opioid use, and it may not be an effective long-term method of reducing harm for those with an opioid use disorder or problematic use of opioids.
28 November 2023

Study shows generational decline in Australia's mental health

The mental health of Australians has been declining since around 2010 and this is seen in earlier generations, not just the youths of Gen Z, according to a new study led by the University of Sydney.
23 November 2023

The journey of an Indigenous scholar in disability

The roll out of the NDIS in Australia was historic, but the scheme has faced many challenges. This is the subject of an art exhibition by Professor John Gilroy opening this week in conjunction with an international research symposium on Indigenous disability.