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18 January 2024

Beyond GDP: Mental wealth readies societies for mega-threats

World-leading experts from industry, science, health, technology, and economics gathered in Davos, Switzerland, this week to discuss how nations can overcome the global challenges to true prosperity including war and climate change.
10 January 2024

I have COVID. How likely am I to get long COVID?

Long COVID has become recognised as one of the many complications of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Andrew Baillie and Philip Britton write in The Conversation about what we know of the condition, and how we can avoid it.
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 December 2023

NHMRC awards $31m for innovative health and medical research

Researchers from the University of Sydney have been awarded more than $31 million in grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
15 December 2023

Sydney researchers awarded over $48 million in NHMRC Investigator Grants

Funding awarded in 2023's NHMRC Investigator Grants amounts to more than $48 million, a testament to the breadth of world-class research taking place at the University of Sydney.
14 December 2023

HeatWatch app to be trialled over summer as temperatures soar

With temperatures predicted to soar this summer a University of Sydney team and community partners are piloting HeatWatch, an app to help users calculate their personalised heat health risk.
12 December 2023

New medical imaging facility to revolutionise research and patient care

The Australian National Total Body PET Facility will drive advancements in cancer studies, neurological disorders, cardiovascular disease and drug development, and reduce scanning time and radiation doses to transform patient care.
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.