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National survey could lead to improvements in healthcare for children

23 March 2018
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A landmark national study on the standard of healthcare for children in Australia has found they receive care that is within clinical practice guideline recommendations 60% of the time, on average, for 17 common medical conditions.

Discovery offers hope for improving physical performance as we age

23 March 2018
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Researchers found that two molecules could replicate the benefits of exercise, a finding that could lead to better athletic performance and improved mobility in the elderly. Illustration: Kevin Krull.

Researchers from UNSW and Harvard Medical School have discovered that replacing two naturally occurring molecules in the body could reverse symptoms of ageing, potentially influencing how the body responds to and performs exercise.

Researchers pinpoint where smallpox outbreak would hit hardest

5 March 2018
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Unprecedented levels of immunosuppression in countries such as Australia and the US must be considered in planning for the real risk of smallpox re-emerging in the world, an expert in infectious diseases warned.

“Smallpox was eradicated in 1980 but in 2017 Canadian scientists created a smallpox-like virus in a lab using just mail-order DNA,” said UNSW Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology Raina MacIntyre. “In 2018, these same scientists published a step-by-step method to create a pox virus in a lab, making the threat of smallpox re-emergence even greater.

Digital health leaders explore new worlds at inaugural symposium

27 February 2018
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Centre for Big Data Research in Health (CBDRH)
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Digital health experts have gathered at UNSW to discuss the future of healthcare technology and the use of big data in health systems around the world at the first International Digital Health Symposium.

Digital health leaders from around the globe have met at UNSW Sydney for the inaugural International Digital Health Symposium to learn from different global approaches to digital innovation that are inclusive, evidence-based, and support sustainable, high-quality health and care.

Parent care in hospital leads to healthier premature babies

27 February 2018
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A study of thousands of premature babies has found that parents who spend long periods in hospital caring for their infant experience less stress and that babies show faster weight gain.

Parents who spend extended periods of time caring for their very premature babies in hospital experience reduced anxiety and their infants show significant weight gains, according to a study led in Australia by Professor Kei Lui of UNSW Sydney.

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