• Pump down the volume

    Robert Cowan     |      November 20, 2022

    The volume at which music is played is always inversely proportional to its quality, but while bystanders suffer in the moment, it’s the young people playing it at highest risk of permanent hearing loss.

  • Gene therapy offers hope for rare diseases

    Maddie Massy-Westropp     |      November 5, 2022

    New treatments for spinal muscular atrophy and cystic fibrosis are being explored by UNSW Medicine and Health researchers.

  • Stubbing out smoking in New Zealand

    Nick Wilson     |      October 20, 2022

    New Zealand’s radical plan to eliminate smoking is being opposed by the manufacturers and retailers who profit from the deaths of others, but their self-interested bleating isn’t backed by the facts.

  • ADHDownside

    Open Forum     |      October 17, 2022

    Diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have soared in recent years, but there’s no evidence it helps the affected children.

  • No cure yet for Alzheimer’s

    Maddie Massy-Westropp     |      October 16, 2022

    Promising clinical trial results for lecanemab are a significant step rather than a ‘historic breakthrough’ according to UNSW experts in Alzheimer’s disease.

  • How to thrive

    Open Forum     |      October 14, 2022

    A new documentary tests the power of positive psychology to help people with moderate-to-severe mental illness.

  • Walk hard

    Beatrix Kates     |      October 12, 2022

    Smart watches and fitness trackers are usually aimed at younger people, but a new app could help reduce falls and fall-related injuries in elderly people.

  • Saving lives with AI screening

    Ben Knight     |      October 10, 2022

    Machine learning algorithms could prove more accurate and reliable than conventional methods of identifying people at risk of suicide.

  • Unpeeling the hype around ‘superfoods’

    Cecilia Duong     |      October 2, 2022

    Avoiding processed foods and sugar in favour of fruit and vegetables is clearly better for you, but can eating ‘superfoods’ particularly high in nutrients really make a difference to your health?

  • The silent pandemic of over-prescribing

    Justin Turner     |      September 17, 2022

    Canada is taking action against the over-prescribing of drugs of dubious medical benefit and Australia should follow suit.

  • Keeping rural Australians out of hospital

    Tessa Archbold     |      September 11, 2022

    Accessing health care in rural Australia is challenging, but without it, patients can end up in hospital with more advanced disease.

  • Lifestyle factors cause half the global cancer toll

    Open Forum     |      August 21, 2022

    Smoking, alcohol, obesity and other known risk factors were responsible for nearly 4.45 million global cancer deaths in 2019, according to new research published in The Lancet.