The George Institute For Global Health
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It’s been more than 25 years since clothing has been examined as a safety mechanism for motorcycle riders. Injury researchers at The George Institute have filled a massive evidence gap, by providing new up-to-date informat ion aimed to keep riders safer and out of hospitals.

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New stroke research to be undertaken by the George Institute for Global Health has been awarded $4.2 million by the NHMRC, the largest ever investment for a research project in this area.

Currently in Australia, more than 16,000 people break their hip every year. All of these people will be admitted to hospital, and most will have some kind of surgery. A year later, less than half will be able to walk as well as they did, and sadly, another 6 - 7% will have died.

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An Australian study providing new evidence on the injury reduction benefits of motorcycle clothing in crashes will be launched in Sydney today.  The study, led by Liz de Rome, Research Fellow, The George Institute for Global Health at The University of Sydney, is the first of its kind and will be published in Accident Analysis and Prevention.

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The world’s first international polypill trial has shown that a four in one combination pill can halve predicted heart disease and stroke risk. Results were published today in the open access journal PLoS One.The once-a-day polypill contains aspirin and agents to lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

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The new national target to reduce both road fatalities and road injuries by at least 30% by 2020 is a welcome move according to Associate Professor Rebecca Ivers, an internationally recognised expert in road safety and Director of Injury Research at The George Institute for Global Health.

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New research to be published in the Journal of Hypertension shows 32 countries now have national programs to reduce population salt intake. Central to the success of these programs is the establishment of targets for the maximum amount of salt in different foods.

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The Decade of Action for Road Safety will be launched in Sydney on Wednesday 11 May. The George Institute is a supporter of this global initiative which was announced by the UN General Assembly in 2010 with the aim of halving projected global road traffic deaths over the next ten years.

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The impact of threatened cuts to the National Health and Medical Research Council will have far greater consequences than Government has anticipated as attendees at the national rallies being held around Australia today will hear.

Riding a motorcycle is associated with a high risk of fatal crashes, both in Australia and in many other parts of the world. Accounting for only 4.5 percent of Australian vehicle registrations, motorcycle riders account for an alarming 15 percent of road deaths.