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    Brain cancer boost

    Four of the world's best minds in brain cancer research will join UNSW's Lowy Cancer Research Centre as part of a new visiting academic program. The first of the international collaborators, brain tumour pathologist Professor Paul Kleihues, took up his post this week from the Institute of Clinical...

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    Injection offers hope for treating auto-immune disease

    Australian researchers have uncovered a potential new way to regulate the body’s natural immune response, offering hope of a simple and effective treatment for auto-immune diseases. Auto-immune diseases result from an overactive immune response that causes the body to attack itself. The new...

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    A blueprint for fixing Australia's health system

    OPINION: The publication this week of the landmark CareTrack study into the quality of healthcare in Australia will inevitably be interpreted by some as bad news. As its lead authors, we'd argue otherwise. It is, in fact, a potentially powerful blueprint for change. The study, published in the...

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    E-prescribing slashes error rates

    Medication prescribing errors can be reduced by as much as 66 percent with the introduction of electronic prescribing technology in hospitals, new Australia-first research shows. A study from the University of New South Wales found the implementation of commercial e-prescribing systems led to a...

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    New treatment trial for bipolar disorder

    Applying mild electrical currents to the brain has been shown to be an effective treatment for depression. But could the treatment also benefit people with bipolar disorder? Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) is a safe, non-invasive technique that involves the passing of a very weak...

  • UNSW hosts International Nanomedicine Conference

    With advances in nanotechnology, the future of medicine is taking shape on the nano-scale and making possible healthcare solutions once confined to the realm of science fiction. Some of these solutions include microscopic robots that could soon be swimming around our bloodstream repairing cells...

  • Image - $18m for research into dementia, mood disorders

    $18m for research into dementia, mood disorders

    Research into early onset dementia and efforts to develop treatments for depression and bipolar disorder have been given a major boost, with UNSW researchers receiving more than $18 million in the latest round of federal government health funding. Federal Health Minister Tanya Plibersek announced...

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    What causes cancer?

    Fears that involuntary exposure to chemicals in food and consumer products causes cancer are not supported by evidence, and anxiety about their dangers is diverting attention from proven methods of cancer prevention, a leading Australian cancer researcher says. Writing in the prestigious medical...

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    Why clinical research should be freely exchanged

    OPINION: In 1976, teenager Bill Gates wrote an open letter calling the programmers who had copied and shared the paper tape of his BASIC program code thieves. Unsurprising perhaps, since the code had earned the young programmer a lot of money. At a time when open sharing of computer programs was...

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