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Researchers guide better use of medicines

Researchers guide better use of medicines

With the majority of older Australians taking five or more medications, a team from the Kolling Institute has developed a valuable tool to better understand adverse outcomes. The analytical resource has been developed by Professor Sarah Hilmer and Dr John Mach, after several years of research investigating the effects of using multiple medications. Previous studies have generally looked .....
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Category: Research Excellence

New medication may offer long-acting relief for those with knee osteoarthritis

New medication may offer long-acting relief for those with knee osteoarthritis

A study has been launched to investigate the benefits of a new injectable medication for those with knee osteoarthritis. The condition can have a profound impact on a person’s life, leading to physical limitations, ongoing pain and joint instability. There are broader implications too which can make it difficult for those with the condition to engage in social, community and occupationa.....
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Category: Musculoskeletal Research, New Treatment

Researchers assess new approach to post-operative care

Researchers assess new approach to post-operative care

With increasing evidence around the benefits of physiotherapy after surgery, a project is set to get underway examining new ways to extend the support. The BOOST project will investigate how hospitals can deliver more frequent exercise programs for patients with hip fracture, through an innovative model of care involving physiotherapists and other healthcare workers. The program will be .....
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Category: New Treatment

Technology to support new approach to back pain

Technology to support new approach to back pain

If you have low back pain, you could be the perfect candidate for a new study using text messages to support those with the condition. Named TEXT4myBACK, the University of Sydney and Kolling Institute study will compare two different formats of text message interventions to help people better manage their symptoms. Professor Manuela Ferreira would like to see broad participation in the s.....
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Category: New Treatment

New funding for key spinal injury research

New funding for key spinal injury research

An Australia wide trial is set to get underway with hopes it may lead to life-long improvements for those who experience a spinal cord injury. Led by Professor Lisa Harvey from the Kolling Institute’s John Walsh Centre for Rehabilitation Research, the study represents a collaboration between the University of Sydney and every spinal injury unit in Australia. The State Government is inves.....
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Category: Funding support

In the beginning - 100 years ago

In the beginning - 100 years ago

Catherine Storey - Honorary Archivist, Royal North Shore Hospital One hundred years ago, in 1920, a group of distinguished citizens of NSW devised "a scheme of the utmost importance to NSW, and to the Commonwealth." The world had just emerged from World War 1 and the Spanish flu pandemic of 1919, with a massive loss of life. Research into the common diseases of mankind was seen as a.....
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Category: Newsletters

Support for innovative research

Support for innovative research

Three valuable research projects have received a boost with the Hillcrest Foundation donating significant funds through the Perpetual IMPACT Philanthropy Program. The Cancer Genetics team received $75,000 to help uncover genetic drivers for rare neuroendocrine tumours. Investigator Dr Trish Dwight said these tumours, known as pheochromocytomas and paragangliomas affect a small percentage.....
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Category: Funding support

Gout cases increasing worldwide

Gout cases increasing worldwide

The prevalence of gout - a form of arthritis characterised by severe pain, redness and joint tenderness has increased across the world at an alarming rate. That’s according to Kolling Institute researcher Dr Emma Smith, who was the senior author of a research paper analysing the condition from 1990 to 2017. The paper, published in Arthritis & Rheumatology, found there were more than .....
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Category: Research Excellence

Research to help reduce smoking in pregnancy

Research to help reduce smoking in pregnancy

A large scale review has found the number of women smoking during pregnancy in NSW has halved, and yet there are still some concerning trends prompting calls for targeted campaigns. Researchers from the Kolling Institute and the University of Sydney, analysed smoking rates in all pregnancies in New South Wales over a 22 year period from 1994 to 2016. The Women and Babies Research team fo.....
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Category: Research Excellence

Which jobs put you at risk of developing a disabling knee condition?

Which jobs put you at risk of developing a disabling knee condition?

A global review has identified the jobs most likely to lead to knee osteoarthritis, prompting calls for greater measures to reduce the painful condition. More than 70 studies, involving nearly a million people were analysed as part of the biggest review of the knee condition. The international study brought together teams from the Universities of Sydney, Oxford and Southampton. Researche.....
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Category: Research Excellence