• Five things parents can do to improve their children’s eating patterns

    Clare Collins     |      June 9, 2018

    Early eating patterns continue into adolescence and then through to adulthood. Setting a strong and positive parental example can help your children maintain a healthy diet throughout their life.

  • When should you get your flu shot?

    Open Forum     |      June 7, 2018

    Research from the Kirby Institute at UNSW Sydney shows that due to waning in the effectiveness of the flu vaccine over time, getting the vaccine in June or July could be the best time for overall protection against the illness.

  • New vitamin supplement study finds they may do more harm than good

    Clare Collins     |      May 31, 2018

    Most people in Western countries don’t have an optimal diet however a new review suggests that taking supplements as an “insurance policy” against poor dietary habits is ineffective. Indeed, complications or health problems due to nutrient intakes are virtually always due to taking too many supplements, rather than not eating proper food.

  • Does early stress increase the likelihood of chronic pain?

    Sarah Nelson     |      May 30, 2018

    Few studies have examined the potential relationship between ‘adverse childhood events’ and chronic pain but understanding their inter-relationship could inform prevention and treatment in the future.

  • Would graphic warnings on unhealthy food make you think again?

    Andrew Trounson     |      May 28, 2018

    A new study shows that health warnings on packaged foods can help us make healthier choices and argues that negative messaging can effectively drive the point home.

  • Joining the ‘big data’ dots on indigenous health

    Andrew Trounson     |      May 27, 2018

    Big data analysis can expose the facts about boosting health outcomes for Indigenous Australians, whether it’s mental distress, rates of chronic disease or just getting a birth certificate.

  • Hitting the ‘big six’ for six

    Lucy Carroll     |      May 26, 2018

    An innovative eHealth program launched at UNSW aims to target the six main lifestyle risk factors among teenagers – including smoking, binge drinking and unhealthy eating – to help prevent chronic disease later in life.

  • The underfunded fight against PNG’s hidden HIV epidemic

    Open Forum     |      May 24, 2018

    Researchers from the Papua New Guinea Institute for Medical Research and UNSW’s Kirby Institute say better health services are required to tackle high rates of HIV, hepatitis and STIs among key populations in PNG.

  • Why you should go on a clinical trial

    Grant McArthur     |      May 21, 2018

    From 18th Century attempts to cure scurvy to modern-day efforts to beat cancer, clinical trials have long been a critical part of evidence based medical research. New data processes should further increase their scope to improve health provision for us all.

  • Hypnosis offers help for chronic back pain suffers

    Open Forum     |      May 19, 2018

    Chronic low-back pain is the leading cause of disability in Australia and drugs can be ineffective and cause problems of their own. New research suggests that hypnosis, combined with pain education, can help sufferers find relief.

  • Outdated surgical choices put women at risk

    Open Forum     |      May 17, 2018

    Australian women are undergoing unnecessarily invasive hysterectomies due to a lack of surgical skills among gynaecologists.

  • Does switching to ‘diet’ soft drinks really improve your health?

    Open Forum     |      May 16, 2018

    A University of Sydney study that models a full sugar to diet soft drink switch in rats suggests swapping to artificially sweetened drinks may help improve the metabolic and cognitive impairments that high sugar consumption can exacerbate.