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Dr Bridianne O'Dea

The Potential Healing Power of Social Media

12 February 2016
In Australia 83% of teens now go online three or more times a day, and half of that time is dedicated to social media*.  While older generations may struggle to understand this new online form of ‘...
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Recreational drug use high, but dependency low among gay and bi men in Australia

11 February 2016
Results from the largest study of legal and illicit drug use among gay and bisexual men in Australia suggest recreational drug use is common but dependency is low. The study, published today by the...
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What can men do to stem the exodus of women from science?

11 February 2016
OPINION:  As a bloke who has worked in medical research for 16 years, I've seen firsthand how the world of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) can be a hostile place for women, and I've...
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Harmful or helpful? Researchers urge caution on genetic testing for children

8 February 2016
Genetic testing for children should only be considered in cases where there are clear medical benefits, say UNSW researchers, who've found the potential harmful effects of testing on children’s...
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Australia's use of painkillers increases four-fold in 10 years while most of the world lacks access to pain relief

3 February 2016
UNSW researchers say cancer-related pain in the ageing population and chronic pain have driven a 400% increase in the use of common opioid painkillers in Australia over the past decade. A report...
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Use of opioid painkillers increases fourfold in Australia in 10 years while most of the world lacks access to basic painrelief – Lancet report

3 February 2016
Use of common opioid painkillers such as codeine, morphine and oxycodone has more than quadrupled in Australia over the past decade and doubled worldwide over the same period a report published...
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How do we halt the spread of Zika virus?

2 February 2016
OPINION: With the World Health Organisation declaring a public health emergency following the discovery of clusters of neurologic disorders in areas affected by Zika virus, key questions must be...
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Korean interns help foster Australian-Korean collaboration in medical research

2 February 2016
UNSW Rural Clinical School's Research Division is hosting two Korean interns for 7 weeks. The interns, Korean university students Woo-Jung Kim and Jeehye Choi, have been looking into boosting...
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Order of Australia honour for RCS Adjunct A/Prof Dr Paul Mara

1 February 2016
A long career of service to the Gundagai community and rural and remote areas has led to Dr Paul Mara being appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM). Dr Mara - who is an Adjunct Associate...
UNSW Medicine’s class of 1961

And Now From The Beginning: UNSW Medicine’s Pioneers

29 January 2016
UNSW Medicine’s class of 1961 were risk takers; a brave group who signed up to be the faculty’s first students. This group of mostly teenagers was drawn to the new, the innovative and the challenge...

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