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Researchers to identify safer and more effective treatment pathways for rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis

Researchers to identify safer and more effective treatment pathways for rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis

Kolling researcher Professor Lyn March will lead a large, collaborative national trial to improve treatments and outcomes for those with disabling rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis. Federal Government MRFF funding will see more than $2.7 million invested in the project which will involve 400 participants across the country. Professor March, who is also the head of the Department of Rheu.....
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Category: Funding support, Musculoskeletal Research

Technology to bring relief to those with low back pain

Technology to bring relief to those with low back pain

With many of us looking to adopt a healthier lifestyle, researchers say a new approach may not only deliver benefits for your heart and waistline but may reduce low back pain as well. The condition affects one in six Australians or four million people and is the leading cause of adult musculoskeletal pain worldwide. Researchers from the University of Sydney and the Kolling Institute have.....
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Category: Musculoskeletal Research, Research Excellence

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

First Australian imaging technology to deliver research windfall

First Australian imaging technology to deliver research windfall

An exciting project between the University of Sydney and the Northern Sydney Local Health District will see a $15 million, revolutionary scanner installed at Royal North Shore Hospital, greatly improving patient care and research capabilities. Australia’s first Total Body Positron Emission Tomography (TB-PET) scanner will produce faster and higher quality whole-body PET/CT scans, with l.....
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Category: World-leading technology

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

Research identifies long-term health impacts of minor crashes

Research identifies long-term health impacts of minor crashes

Treatment of whiplash injuries may be modified following research which has found even minor motor vehicle accidents can cause a long-term spinal cord injury. Researchers from the Kolling Institute along with scientists from Northwestern, Stanford and the University of Oklahoma conducted the longitudinal study involving participants who had been involved in a relatively simple rear-end m.....
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Category: Musculoskeletal Research

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

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

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

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