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Health Check: are saturated fats good or bad?

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

OPINION: Dietary guidelines cite the fact that saturated fats can increase LDL cholesterol, which is also known as bad cholesterol because it’s a major risk factor for heart disease. Others claim saturated fats are not a problem.

So is saturated fat a saint or sinner? Or could the search for a single culprit miss the inevitable subtleties of a multifactorial problem such as heart disease?

These are complex questions so let’s start with what cholesterol and fats actually are and the different types.

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Some reasons why you should avoid sleeping pills

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

OPINION: We’ve known for a long time that hypnotic drugs are not good to take for more than one to three weeks because they are habit-forming and increase the risk of accidents. And there’s now a growing body of evidence that shows they could be increasing the risk of premature death.

Hypnotics are medicines prescribed specifically to help people suffering from insomnia get a good night’s sleep. This includes people who have difficulty getting to sleep as well as those who struggle to stay asleep.

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NSW Cell and Developmental Biology Meeting

Friday, 17 January 2014

Registrations are now open for the annual NSW meeting of the Australia and New Zealand Society for Cell and Developmental Biology. Hosted by UNSW Medicine's School of Medical Sciences, this year's meeting features plenary speakers Professor Denise Montell from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Professor Freddy Radtke from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland.

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UNSW high achievers make an impact

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Three UNSW academics are among a group of esteemed health and medical researchers – including Nobel laureates and former Australians of the Year – recognised as having made a significant difference to the lives of people worldwide for their outstanding work.

As part of its 75th anniversary, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has named around 90 researchers past and present on its rollcall of Australian “high achievers” in the field.

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On the red carpet

Thursday, 12 December 2013

More accustomed to labs and small offices, UNSW’s top early career researchers received the red carpet treatment at the University’s Postdoctoral Academy Awards.

The event – with life-sized images of Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman and Keith Urban – was hosted by the Faculties of Medicine, Science and Engineering in UNSW’s Lowy Cancer Research Centre.

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Cause of ageing that can be reversed

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Medical researchers have found a cause of ageing in animals that can be reversed, possibly paving the way for new treatments for age-related diseases including cancer, type 2 diabetes, muscle wasting and inflammatory diseases.

The researchers hope to start human trials late next year.

The study, published today in the journal Cell, relates to mitochondria - our cells’ battery packs - which provide energy to carry out key biological functions.

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World-first eLearning model

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Leading Australian medical faculties will unveil a world-first model for health care education utilising next-generation educational technology to improve access and outcomes for students, healthcare professionals and patients.

The $4.5 million Biomedical Education Skills and Training Network, the BEST Network, will be officially launched at the University of Melbourne on Friday, October 18 at The Future of Medical Education symposium.

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Medical schools' hi-tech future

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

OPINION: A year ago we put up a modest web page outlining our project to build a new, technology-enabled model for medical education. Those few paragraphs elicited inquiries from the American Medical Association, Harvard University and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, among many others.

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Arts - I heart music

Friday, 4 October 2013

It’s not often that a musical performance can be called life changing. But when medical student Michael Chan allowed himself to be hooked up to an ultrasound as part of a unique concert at UNSW two years ago, it may have literally saved his life.

The jazz improvisation used the sound and images of Chan’s beating heart. To him the music was soothing, but for a pair of health professionals in the audience, alarm bells rang.

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Nine Eureka moments

Friday, 2 August 2013

UNSW has finalists in nine categories of the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes – prestigious national awards that celebrate excellence in fields including scientific research, leadership, commercialisation and communication.

Outstanding researchers in evolution, quantum computing, chemistry, material science, medicine and the environment are among the individuals and teams vying for the prizes dubbed the “Oscars of Science”.

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