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18 April 2024

New therapy shows promise for a rare childhood dementia

New RNA-targeted therapy can halt the progression of a specific type of childhood dementia in mice and holds potential to reverse some of the detrimental effects of this rare disease.
17 April 2024

Research explores how a father's diet could shape the health of his offspring

A mice study suggests a father's diet may shape the anxiety of his sons and the metabolic health of his daughters before they are even conceived.
16 April 2024

Program aims to break down dementia stigma in Chinese Australian communities

Stigma about the disease is deterring Chinese Australians from seeking early diagnosis and support. University of Sydney researchers are working with the Chinese community to change that.
15 April 2024

Important health information missing in online food delivery menus

Many menu items on online food delivery services do not display important nutritional information. Researchers say current NSW menu labelling laws should be updated and monitored closely on online food delivery services.
10 April 2024

Does the time of day you move your body make a difference to your health?

Undertaking the majority of daily physical activity in the evening is linked to the greatest health benefits for people living with obesity, according to researchers who followed the trajectory of 30,000 people over almost eight years.
10 April 2024

Evidence doesn't support spinal cord stimulators for chronic back pain - and they could cause harm

A recent ABC 4 Corners episode questioned the use of surgically implanted devices called spinal cord stimulators for chronic back pain. Dr Adrian Traegar and co-authors investigate the evidence base.
10 April 2024

Sydney leads new trial of youth vaping schools program

The University of Sydney is leading a new approach to reduce the number of young people vaping and smoking in a trial in schools across the country.
04 April 2024

Programs to support students on placement need careful design

Australians will suffer if we don't address a looming critical skills shortage in the health workforce. To meet future healthcare needs, we should address "placement poverty" as an equity measure writes Professor Robyn Ward in The Australian.
04 April 2024

Ozempic isn't approved for weight loss in Australia. So how are people accessing it?

Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide are taking drugs like Ozempic to lose weight. But what do we actually know about them? Jessica Pace, Associate Lecturer and co-authors from the School of Pharmacy unpacks the details.
04 April 2024

Historic grant to improve intersex people's health and wellbeing

A University of Sydney-led research project has been awarded funding from the Medical Research Future Fund to improve the health and wellbeing of people of all ages with innate variations in sex characteristics.