OPINION: To understand why we fart, you need to know something about the volume of gases produced in the bowels first.
Imagine how much space 25 litres of gas would occupy – about one third of the interior of a small car. That’s how much gas you produce every day in your intestines. So it’s little wonder that farting, bloating and burping are relatively common.
OPINION: For want of a better cliche, the proposed $20 billion Medical Research Future Fund really could be a "win-win" for Australia. But only if its architects get it right.
As a cancer researcher, I have experienced first-hand the frustrations that drive important Australian medical discoveries offshore, or leave them stranded in the lab.
The important contribution to the community and the nation made by several of our UNSW Medicine staff and alumni has been recognised in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. We would particularly like to acknowledge the following faculty members:
OPINION: Unfortunately, but as anticipated, the government’s budget plans for healthcare have focused on the way we fund our health system. This has resulted in almost universal criticism of the budget initiatives from those of us who have been urging government to concentrate on changing the way we deliver care, rather than revenue generation.
As the government considers recommendations for changes to cervical cancer screening, UNSW is already a leading partner in a major trial of the new technology in Victoria.
OPINION: Australian women may soon have fewer of those uncomfortable visits to the doctor for cervical cancer screening.
OPINION: How much more "awareness" of breast cancer is needed? Is there any other cancer that people are more aware of? Let’s be bold and shift the cancer awareness spotlight to where the sun doesn’t shine, for just a moment.
The 2013 NSW Health Innovation Symposium featured 63 presentations on ground-breaking health initiatives that harness new ideas, new technologies and new approaches to the delivery of patient care. Innovation and new thinking is part of everything we do from the Ministry, through to acute care in hospital settings, to community health networks across the State.
UNSW’s Dr Kerrie McDonald has made an impassioned plea for more funding for research into brain tumours and for a more personalised approach to care.
Dr McDonald, the Head of UNSW’s Cure Brain Cancer Foundation Laboratory, is leading Australia’s only research into lower grade brain tumours in young adults.
OPINION: For more than a decade now, we have been promised that genetic knowledge would personalise our health care. The media has told us that this information will be our own medical crystal ball, and if we fail to adhere to personalised disease prevention plans we can receive targeted medicines to treat our disease.