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UNSW receives $16.6 million to research new cancer treatments

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

UNSW researchers working to fast track cancer treatments from the laboratory to the bedside have received major backing in the latest round of funding from The Cancer Institute NSW.

Two of the biggest grants of $6.5 million went to UNSW researchers working to translate laboratory discoveries into viable cancer treatments.

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Image - Sugar may be as damaging to the brain as extreme stress or abuse

Sugar may be as damaging to the brain as extreme stress or abuse

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

OPINION: We all know that cola and lemonade aren’t great for our waistline or our dental health, but our new study on rats has shed light on just how much damage sugary drinks can also do to our brain.

The changes we observed to the region of the brain that controls emotional behaviour and cognitive function were more extensive than those caused by extreme early life stress.

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Professor Katharina Gaus ( right) and postdoctoral student Dr Elvis Pandzic with one of the super-resolution microscopes at UNSW's Centre in Single Molecule Science.) PHOTO: Grant Turner

A Closer Look at The New Frontier of Medical Research

Monday, 15 February 2016

When Professor Katharina Gaus was at University she was taught an important law of physics that outlined the maximum resolution of optical microscopy. This limit of 0.02 millimetres meant that while it was possible to see the outlines of a cell with a microscope, the internal goings-on of a cell remained a blur. Now - after developing a microscope using 2014 Nobel Prize winning research - Professor Gaus and her team are breaking the laws of physics and making important steps towards what could be the next major breakthrough in the fight against cancer.

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What can men do to stem the exodus of women from science?

Thursday, 11 February 2016

OPINION:  As a bloke who has worked in medical research for 16 years, I've seen firsthand how the world of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) can be a hostile place for women, and I've had enough.

It's time for men in science to stop mouthing platitudes and use their positions of power and privilege to lead a change and stem the exodus of women from STEM fields.

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Image - Bingeing on weekends but eating healthily during the week is not OK for your gut

Bingeing on weekends but eating healthily during the week is not OK for your gut

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

OPINION: A relatively healthy but complex community is living together peacefully, until an unruly mob of hooligans begins unsettling the community’s residents and disturbing the peace every weekend.

This scenario could be playing out in the human gut every time you go on a junk food binge. Yo-yoing between eating well during the week and bingeing on junk food over the weekend is likely to be just as bad for your gut health as a consistent diet of junk.

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Image - Weekend binge just as bad for the gut as regular junk food diet, study suggests

Weekend binge just as bad for the gut as regular junk food diet, study suggests

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Yo-yoing between eating well during the week and bingeing on junk food over the weekend is likely to be just as bad for your gut health as a consistent diet of rubbish, new UNSW research suggests.

The study, led by Professor Margaret Morris, the Head of Pharmacology at UNSW, examined the impact of yo-yo dieting on the gut microbiota of rats. The findings have been published in the journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research.

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Research raises concerns over long-term use of chromium diet pills

Monday, 11 January 2016

Concerns have been raised over the long-term use of nutritional supplements containing chromium, after an Australian research team found the mineral is partially converted into a carcinogenic form when it enters human cells.

Controversy remains over whether the dietary form of chromium is essential, with an increasing body of evidence indicating it is not safe.

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Image - Measuring up: this year, aim for fitness over fat loss for long-term success

Measuring up: this year, aim for fitness over fat loss for long-term success

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

OPINION: Getting fit and losing weight are consistently among the top New Year’s resolutions, and January is the boom period for the billion-dollar gym industry. While any attempt to incorporate more exercise into our lives should be welcomed, it’s time to rethink the reasons for joining the gym. And, in particular, the way we measure success when it comes to exercise.

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Image - The virus most pregnant women haven't heard of, but need to know about

The virus most pregnant women haven't heard of, but need to know about

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

OPINION: Stressed and tired, a pregnant mother forgets to wash her hands after blowing her two-year old daughter's nose. The daughter’s nasal mucus contains a virus which has now infected the mother and could travel across her placenta to her unborn baby. Without knowing, the mother has just unintentionally put her baby at risk of cytomegalovirus.

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Image - Cooking the books: when that sensational new research finding isn’t all it seems

Cooking the books: when that sensational new research finding isn’t all it seems

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

 

OPINION: Few media reports in the health sphere generate as much attention as those with screaming headlines about a new link between food and cancer.

 

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