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It’s hard for lay readers to ascertain the difference between incremental research and genuine breakthroughs that will change the practice of medicine. The University of Melbourne/AAP

Why the media need to tread carefully when reporting research findings

Now, more than ever, in a world filled with ‘fake news’, it’s up to researchers to work hard to have accurate messages publicised.
Controversy surrounds the link between Australian of the Year Alan Mackay Sim’s research and a Polish team who restored mobility for a paraplegic man. AAP/Mick Tsikas

The future of stem cells: tackling hype versus hope

For many people suffering from disabling conditions, announcements in the press around breakthroughs in stem cell research undoubtedly bring hope.
Research by James Cook University was rapidly translated into policy that is helping to preserve Queensland’s regions against the effects of climate change. Nathan Siemers/Flickr

Science can influence policy and benefit the public – here’s how

It’s rare for research to have an immediate impact on policy, but lessons learnt from a successful venture in Queensland can show how it can be done.
Australia has a long history of world class science, but a national science strategy will help boost engagement with industry. Steve Dorman/Flickr

Why a national science strategy is good for Australia

The government’s announcement of a national science strategy is good for Australia, particularly for promoting engagement between science and industry.
Conflicting recommendations about flu drugs has made it difficult for doctors to decide whether to prescribe them. Andrew Wales/Flickr

What kind of research can we trust?

Research involving pharmaceutical company input is notoriously compromised. While not all industry ties lead to biased research, and not all biases are a consequence of industry ties, many studies show…
Perhaps the best way to measure research impact is a judicious mix-and-match approach. eepingtime_ca/Flickr

Getting the mix right for assessing research impact

Outside professional sport, few industries measure the performance of their workforces more intensively than academia. There’s particular scrutiny on how much difference academic research has made to the…
Australian health policy and public health campaigns – and the research that underpins them – leading the world in achievements. Penny Clay/AAP

Health research: making the dollars count

This week’s release of the NSW Health and Medical Research Strategic Review identifies many opportunities to strengthen research and ensure the community extracts the maximum possible benefit from its…
Asking for only the primary carer’s views assumes that fathers have no major impact on their children’s health. Grant Potter

Mother knows best? Fathers missing in research about kids

If we want to survey families to discover how the children are going, we usually have to ask an adult. It seems common sense to ask the “primary carer”, usually the mother, who knows the child the best…
A small experiment won’t identify even a large effect as significant while a big experiment is likely to see even a worthless effect as statistically significant. 8 Eyes Photography Flickr

Mind your confidence interval: how statistics skew research results

“Most patients using the new analgesia reported significantly reduced pain.” Such research findings sound exciting because the word significant suggests important and large. But researchers often use the…
Data from over a quarter of a million individuals add up to provide a window on the population. Malkolm - Bust it Away Photography/Flickr

Size does matter: why large-scale research is a must for public health

Researchers are becoming increasingly intrigued by the idea that too much sitting is bad news for health, and a landmark Australian paper published today in Archives of Internal Medicine has dealt yet…
Francis Crick (right) and James Watson (far left) started a revolution in medicine. AAP

Genomics was great but it’s time for a new medical revolution

Medical science has changed the human health and lifespan in the last century and now another revolution is coming in health. This revolution will entail closing the chasm between what medical evidence…

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