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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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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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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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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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Image - Don't panic, there's no need to ban bacon or BBQs (but you should eat less)

Don't panic, there's no need to ban bacon or BBQs (but you should eat less)

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

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.

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Expert is as expert does: in defence of US dietary guidelines

Friday, 25 September 2015

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.

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UNSW research recognised among the country's best

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

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.

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Image - Wow, this is sweet! Talk on sugar alternatives takes out 3MT competition

Wow, this is sweet! Talk on sugar alternatives takes out 3MT competition

Thursday, 24 September 2015

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’.

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UNSW researchers outsmarting cancer with revolutionary new treatment

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

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.

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UNSW researchers top the state in cancer grants

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

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.

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