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Watching decision-making in the brain

In the course of deciding whether to keep reading this article, you may change your mind several times. While your final choice will be obvious to an observer—you’ll continue to scroll and read, or you’ll click on another article—any internal deliberations you had along the way will most likely be inscrutable to anyone but you. […]

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Aussie GPs need to better screen for harmful alcohol use

Most of the Australian population does not see the need for major changes in regard to alcohol use, and support for policies which reduce alcohol-related harms that are based on the strongest evidence is declining, according to the author of a Perspective published today by the Medical Journal of Australia. Dr. Chris Holmwood, Director of […]

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Scientists use a novel ink to 3-D print bone with living cells

Scientists from UNSW Sydney have developed a ceramic-based ink that may allow surgeons in the future to 3-D-print bone parts complete with living cells that could be used to repair damaged bone tissue. Using a 3-D-printer that deploys a special ink made up of calcium phosphate, the scientists developed a new technique, known as ceramic […]

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Global demand for cancer surgery set to surge

Public health researchers, led by UNSW Sydney, have estimated the number of cancer cases requiring surgery globally each year, predicting the number will rise from 9.1 million to 13.8 million from 2018 to 2040—an increase of 52% or 4.7 million cases. Their research shows the greatest relative increase will occur in 34 low-income countries, where […]

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Non-invasive brain stimulation helps to ease tremors

A team involving UCL researchers have used electrical pulses to help suppress the tremors typically found in conditions such as Parkinson’s disease. In a paper published in Nature Communications, the scientists report their new way of suppressing the brain waves underpinning tremors, without the need for invasive techniques. Joint first author of the paper, Dr. […]

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Why it’s too soon for Australia to legalize ecstasy and magic mushrooms to treat mental illness

While the public focus remains on COVID vaccines, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) continues to evaluate a range of proposals around the provision of medical treatments in Australia. The regulatory body is currently considering whether psychiatrists should be allowed to prescribe MDMA and psilocybin to treat mental illness. The TGA will announce its interim decision […]

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Levels of obesity could rise if effective actions are not taken in childhood

The number of adults living with obesity could rise dramatically unless robust measures are implemented to halt childhood obesity. The STOP Project (Science and Technology in childhood Obesity Policy), funded in 2018 by the European Commission to identify new interventions to reduce childhood obesity in Europe, has released its latest findings, providing new evidence to […]