• 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.

  • Smart clothes could reduce falls for people with Parkinson’s disease

    Open Forum     |      January 18, 2019

    A team of Australian researchers has received grant funding to test eHealth and smart garment technologies to prevent falls in people with Parkinson’s disease.

  • Crowdsourcing the problem of lower back pain

    Jorge Goncalves     |      January 15, 2019

    Crowdsourcing information and opinions from people who have experienced low back pain first-hand can provide sufferers with effective information and support.

  • You need more sleep, not supplements

    Saverio Stranges     |      January 14, 2019

    Many people in Australia, Canada and other western nations buy vitamins and diet supplements, but the best way to boost our health is still to eat properly, exercise regularly and get enough sleep.