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OPINION: It seems almost inevitable that every release of a major health report from an expert body unleashes a torrent of comment from those who think they know better than qualified scientists.
This week, that expert body is the World Health Organisation. Their latest report from 22 independent cancer experts from 10 countries evaluated more than 800 studies on red meat, processed meats and cancer.
OPINION: National dietary guidelines have become an easy target for those looking for a scapegoat for bad diets in prosperous countries. And an article just published in the BMJ about the scientific evidence for the US dietary guidelines provides further needless fuel for the fire.
UNSW research projects, exploring non-Alzheimer dementias, the immune system’s response to infection and cancer screening programs, have been recognised among the best in the country by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
The three projects are among 20 that will be recognised at an awards ceremony tonight in Canberra for the NHMRC 2014 Research Excellence Awards and 2015 Biennial Awards.
A talk about artificial sweeteners' effects on molecular health has taken top honours at the UNSW three-minute thesis finals in a field of winners dominated by medical science.
First-year PhD candidate Susan Ireland from UNSW Medicine wowed the judges with her engaging and entertaining talk on sugar alternatives and their interactions with receptors in the body which she likened to a ‘a toddler who wants more cake’.
Patients with hard-to-treat tumours could know within six months whether a cancer drug developed by UNSW researchers is more effective than traditional chemotherapy and will allow them to live a relatively normal life during treatment.
The drug is part of a study, led by UNSW Professor Philip Hogg, which is investigating new ways of treating solid cancer tumours, including brain and pancreas tumours.
For the second year running UNSW researchers have come out on top in the 2016 Cancer Institute NSW Research Equipment Grants, winning a combined $1.9 million in funding.
UNSW Associate Professor Richard Lock received $1,000,000 to purchase the latest generation mass spectrometer. The machine will be used to investigate treatments for leukaemia, non-small cell lung cancer, brain cancer, neuroblastoma and pancreatic cancer.
OPINION: There seems to be a shortening gap between studies about diet, nutrition and health. And each starts another conversation about trans vs saturated vs polyunsaturated fats, or this diet vs that, or, as is today’s case, fats vs carbohydrates.
Baby rats whose mothers were fed a high-fat diet had larger than normal hearts with fewer taste receptors for bitter flavours, according to new UNSW research.
The study, led by the UNSW Head of Pharmacology Professor Margaret Morris and published in Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases, examined the effect of a fatty maternal diet on receptors in the hearts of newborn rats, including those which detect certain flavours.
OPINION: Health-care resources are wasted when doctors overuse diagnostic tests. The tests may be redundant or inappropriate in the first place, and may also generate false-positive results, which prompt further needless investigation, or cause adverse effects.
OPINION: New research about the risk of cancer from exposure to common chemicals is usually accompanied by headlines screaming “X causes cancer!” So when a new study on the topic was published in Carcinogenesis last week, I cringed in anticipation.