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World Spine Day: Kolling researchers challenging old concepts to improve care

World Spine Day: Kolling researchers challenging old concepts to improve care

To mark World Spine Day on October 16, the Back Pain Research team at the Kolling Institute is urging those who experience the condition to adopt the latest advice and keep moving. Spinal pain is extremely common, affecting around 800 million people globally. The condition compromises social, family and work activities, and is the main reason Australians retire involuntarily. The lower b.....
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Category: Musculoskeletal Research, New Treatment, Research Excellence

Technology to deliver support to those with back pain during the pandemic

Technology to deliver support to those with back pain during the pandemic

While the COVID-19 pandemic is interrupting access to some healthcare services, an innovative approach may hold the key to support for those with low back pain. Researchers at the University of Sydney and the Kolling Institute have launched a study to measure the effectiveness of a mobile health program which offers self-management strategies via text messages. Study lead Professor Manue.....
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Category: Musculoskeletal Research, New Treatment

Age and sex influence the adverse effects of multiple medications

Age and sex influence the adverse effects of multiple medications

There are calls for a carefully-considered, tailored approach to the prescription of multiple medicines with new research finding a person’s age and sex influence the impact of multiple medications. More than half of older Australians take five or more regular medications, with the higher number of medications directly linked to a higher chance of adverse reactions, like falls, confusion.....
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Category: Neuroscience and Pain Research, New Treatment

First large-scale trial of stem cell therapy for knee osteoarthritis launched

First large-scale trial of stem cell therapy for knee osteoarthritis launched

Kolling researcher Professor David Hunter will lead one of the world’s largest clinical trials into the effectiveness of stem cell therapy for those with knee osteoarthritis. More than 400 participants will be recruited for the SCUlpTOR study which will see trial sites established at Royal North Shore Hospital and the Menzies Institute in Hobart. Professor Hunter, the Florance and Cope .....
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Category: Musculoskeletal Research, New Treatment

A simple mix of treatments holds the key to better hand function

A simple mix of treatments holds the key to better hand function

The base of our thumb may just be a small part of our hand, but osteoarthritis in that area can have a significant impact, making the simplest tasks difficult. The condition especially affects post-menopausal women, with figures indicating up to a third of women over 70 have this type of osteoarthritis. Increasing numbers of people are experiencing the condition, and yet current treatme.....
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Category: Musculoskeletal Research, New Treatment

Researchers offer new approach to detect frailty in older adults

Researchers offer new approach to detect frailty in older adults

A team of researchers led by the Kolling’s Professor Sarah Hilmer has developed a valuable resource to identify frail and vulnerable people in hospital, in an important step towards optimising their care. Frail older adults have a higher risk of experiencing adverse outcomes in hospital such as falls, confusion and malnutrition, and many have longer hospital stays. Professor Hilmer said .....
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Category: Musculoskeletal Research, New Treatment

Philanthropic funding brings new hope to those with chronic pain

Philanthropic funding brings new hope to those with chronic pain

Some of the nation’s leading pain experts are set to embark on research which they believe will change the way chronic pain is managed. The program of research will be carried out by the team from the Pain Management Research Institute after generous funding from the Ernest Heine Family Foundation. Located within the Kolling Institute and Royal North Shore Hospital, the Pain Management R.....
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Category: Funding support, Neuroscience and Pain Research, New Treatment

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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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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