Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Gastric bypass surgery associated with increased sleep-medication use



A new study led by SPHPM PhD student Winda Ng has shown that gastric bypass surgery is associated with increased use of medication to enable sleep. The findings, published in Obesity, were consistent at both 3- and 5-years post-surgery and reveal a need for ongoing support to these patients.

Winda and her research colleagues at Karolinska Institutet, Deakin University and The Baker Institute compared two groups of Swedish adults 18 years and over with obesity. One group lost weight by gastric bypass surgery, whilst the other underwent intensive lifestyle change programs. At one-year follow-up, the surgical group lost 37kg on average, and the lifestyle modification group lost 18kg on average.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Turning preventable deaths into saved lives

Dr Lyndal Bugeja

The word ‘coronial’ is often associated with death. But as the Department of Forensic Medicine’s (DFM) Dr Lyndal Bugeja proves, the coronial system often has a bigger role in sustaining life.

Lyndal first worked at DFM after graduating from criminology. She did an internship with the National Coronial Information System (NCIS, and no, there is no connection with the TV show). This fantastic opportunity introduced Lyndal to one of the most inspiring people in her career.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Viewing pornography now the norm for young Australians



Based on a media release by Angus Morgan

A landmark study published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health has shown extremely high use of pornography among young Australians. 

The study surveyed 941 young people aged 15-29 and is the first of its kind in Australia since smartphones simplified access to pornography.  The researchers, from the Burnet Institute and Monash Public Health, found associations between pornography use and outcomes such as mental health problems and sexual activity at a younger age.

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