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COVID Q&A: Maintaining physical activity and fitness during lockdowns
September 6, 2021

We asked HMRI and The University of Newcastle physical activity researcher Professor David Lubans some of the common questions people have been asking about maintaining fitness and exercising during lockdown when we don't have access to gyms and our movements away from home are restricted.

COVID Q&A: Maintaining physical activity and fitness during lockdowns
August 23, 2021

Maintaining good nutrition and eating habits is important during lockdown periods where our routines can be disrupted. Laureate Professor Clare Collins provides some advice on how we can best manage our diet during lockdown restrictions.

Your COVID-19 Questions Answered
July 8, 2021

Lots of curiosity and questions surround COVID-19 and the COVID-19 vaccines.
So what's fact and what is fiction. We put the call out on our social media channels for your COVID questions and had them answered by some of our leading experts in this space.

Digital tool to dial back COVID-19 anxiety, depression and alcohol use
February 22, 2021

With more than a third of Australians now drinking alcohol daily, compared to 6 percent pre-COVID-19, researchers are developing a digital tool to help communities manage the ongoing impacts of COVID-19.

New research shows why COVID-19 may affect some worse than others
February 2, 2021

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic it has been well known that the virus does not affect everyone equally. Reviews of patient data around the world has shown that older people, men and those suffering from chronic lung conditions have worse outcomes and higher mortality rates. A new study may have found one potential reason for why some groups seem to get sicker more than others. 

4 Healthy Eating Tips to Tackle the COVID Kilos
January 20, 2021

By Laureate Professor Clare Collins and Dr Rebecca Williams

Originally published in The Conversation

In Australia and around the world, research is showing changes in body weight, cooking, eating and drinking patterns associated with COVID lockdowns.

Gut expert warns of higher virus risk
August 21, 2020

Globally renowned gastroenterologist and epidemiologist Laureate Professor Nick Talley AC has warned that people who have existing gut disorders are at greater risk of getting more severe coronavirus symptoms.

Easy to let in, hard to get out – the virus crisis plaguing aged-care settings
August 20, 2020

Shielding elderly and vulnerable aged-care communities from COVID-19 will continue to be a major challenge for health authorities, as the virus enters easily via community transmission then becomes inherently difficult to eradicate.

Virus elimination “should be Australia’s goal”
August 18, 2020

Elimination of COVID-19 in Australia is possible and certainly preferable to prolonged suppression measures, according to eminent University of Newcastle and HMRI researcher Laureate Professor Nick Talley.

What are the long-term symptoms of COVID?
August 4, 2020

Sufferers with mild illness might expect to get better after a few weeks. But there’s mounting evidence this isn’t the case, and COVID-19 may leave a long-lasting impression on its victims – not just the most severely affected or the elderly and frail. Written by Professor Peter Wark, published in The Conversation 27 July 2020