• Helmet laws have halved cycling deaths

    Open Forum     |      February 12, 2019

    A UNSW Sydney study has shown a clear link between mandatory helmet laws and a drastic reduction in cycling fatalities, and argues that helmet laws have not cut participation as is often suggested.

  • Eating more fruit and vegetables is good for mental health

    Neel Ocean     |      February 11, 2019

    Many studies show that eating lots of fruit and vegetables is good for your physical health, but the latest research suggests that it might be good for your mental wellbeing too.

  • Australia needs stronger pharmaceutical transparency rules

    Open Forum     |      February 9, 2019

    Researchers warn Australian pharmaceutical companies are no longer required to publicly disclose many payments to the health sector, and advocate for US-style legislation to ensure full and long-lasting transparency.

  • Five warning signs of overdiagnosis

    Alexandra Barratt     |      February 6, 2019

    Early detection can be the key to a successful cure, but a plethora of tests can lead to overdiagnosis, where people are diagnosed with diseases that won’t harm them, and overtreatment with therapies that won’t benefit the patient and may even cause harm.

  • Mindfulness could help ease chronic pain

    Open Forum     |      February 4, 2019

    Mindfulness meditation may help ease chronic pain as it lessens sensitivity and reduces external stress, say international researchers. Their study compared mindfulness meditation and cognitive behavioural therapy and found similar rates of improvement.

  • Do footballers return too soon after concussion?

    Sandy Shultz     |      February 3, 2019

    The third season of the women’s football competition, the AFLW, kicks off this weekend and with it will come renewed debate around concussion. Thirty women suffered a concussion playing in the AFLW in the first two seasons of the competition, according to AFL statistics, forcing several players into early retirement.

  • Time for joint action on obesity, undernutrition and climate change

    Open Forum     |      January 31, 2019

    A new report from The Lancet Obesity Commission has drawn links between obesity, undernutrition and climate change and calls for strong global actions that address all three issues at once.

  • Tackling the myths and realities of endometriosis

    Kate Young     |      January 30, 2019

    Clinicians must be given the training and support they need to provide comprehensive, evidence based healthcare for women with endometriosis.

  • Tackling the Australian “ice” epidemic

    Cassidy Webb     |      January 25, 2019

    The Australian “Ice Epidemic” presents considerable risks to not only the individual user, but their families, friends, and entire communities in Australia, but collective action can help to tackle the issue.

  • Busting five myths about pregnancy

    Erin Munro     |      January 22, 2019

    The amount of conflicting advice and information which expecting parents receive can be overwhelming, but sorting the facts from the fiction can help the better choices be made.

  • Untangling the politics of children and food

    Jane Martin     |      January 21, 2019

    Parents face an uphill battle against the food industry’s tactics to sell unhealthy food to their children, but if we’re going to build a healthier world for the next generation, we need to do this through education, not guilt.

  • Are smartphones just a pain in the neck?

    Open Forum     |      January 19, 2019

    Many of the world’s 3.4 billion smartphone users are putting their necks at risk every time they send a text, according to new research involving the University of South Australia.