• Opioids – where to from here?

    Open Forum     |      September 14, 2019

    Opioids are among the most powerful analgesics available to medicine, but they have huge capacity to cause harm. In trying to solve one problem, is a bigger one being created?

  • Is the war against type 2 diabetes being won?

    Open Forum     |      September 13, 2019

    Prevention strategies could be contributing to a recent fall in the number of people developing type 2 diabetes in some high income countries.

  • From Townsville to Tuvalu

    Annette Bos     |      September 9, 2019

    Most people accept that climate change is transforming the global atmosphere and environment, but far fewer people understand the significant effects that climate change and environmental change are already having on human health. 

  • Vaccines: Fact vs fiction

    Erika Long     |      September 8, 2019

    Despite the ill-informed controversies and internet misinformation, vaccination remains one of the most important and safest ways to protect yourself and your children from a range of dangerous diseases.

  • Smartphones can help tackle Australia’s mental health crisis

    Open Forum     |      September 8, 2019

    With smartphones and smart devices now ubiquitous in most Australian homes, a review by the Black Dog Institute has identified how these technologies can be used to identify, prevent and help treat mental illness. 

  • You are what you eat

    Open Forum     |      September 6, 2019

    In a study that will shock no one, people with the healthiest lifestyles enjoyed a 75 per cent lower risk of type 2 diabetes than those with the least healthy lifestyles, according to international researchers who looked at data from all over the world, including Australia and New Zealand.

  • Winning the fight against malaria

    Open Forum     |      September 2, 2019

    Research is paving the way for the development of new malaria drugs that could both treat and block transmission of the deadly disease.

  • The best place to launch a healthy lifestyle? Your kitchen

    Derek Lotts     |      August 29, 2019

    Cooking nutritious meals at home is a great way to embark on a healthier lifestyle.

  • Cutting health costs through better prosthesis

    Stephen Duckett     |      August 24, 2019

    Health insurance costs are rising and the price of prostheses such as hip replacements are partly to blame. Fortunately there is a way to rein in costs – and give patients more choice and better devices.

  • Heads up – Skateboards are more dangerous than rugby

    Open Forum     |      August 22, 2019

    An Australian/ New Zealand study examining childhood head injuries has found that children who do recreational sports like horse riding and skate boarding are more at risk than kids playing contact sports like AFL or rugby.

  • Can a high-fibre diet reduce hyper-tension?

    Open Forum     |      August 21, 2019

    Volunteers are being sought for a new trial to investigate if a high-fibre diet can reduce blood pressure in patients suffering from hyper-tension.

  • Help investigate the causes of stuttering

    Open Forum     |      August 19, 2019

    Researchers need 3,000 Australian stutterers for an international study that is searching for the genes in human DNA which may trigger the speech problem.