• How to win the hunger games

    Helen Truby     |      June 8, 2019

    Many people have been able to lose weight, but most of them regain it over time. Understanding the physical, hormonal and psychological drivers of weight gain could help dieters and physicians achieve better results.

  • Ultra-processed foods linked with heart disease and early death

    Open Forum     |      June 3, 2019

    Two new studies have underlined the links between heart disease and processed food such as packaged baked goods and snacks, fizzy drinks, sugary cereals and ready meals.

  • Tackling rheumatoid arthritis among first Australians

    Michael Gill     |      May 30, 2019

    In an Australian first, a national charity, Dragon Claw, is promoting Indigenous health in remote Indigenous communities in their own languages.

  • The best probiotics are found in real food

    Senaka Ranadheera     |      May 28, 2019

    Supermarkets, health food stores and pharmacies are full of products claimed to have beneficial probiotic effects, but the best way to boost your health remains a proper, balanced diet.

  • When should you call 000?

    Open Forum     |      May 27, 2019

    A lack of public understanding about when to call an ambulance is putting a strain on paramedic services and potentially risking lives, new research has found.

  • 5 things to know about population DNA testing

    Paul Lacaze     |      May 26, 2019

    Screening millions of healthy people for their risk of disease can be cost-effective and help save lives, but it also raises a host of ethical and regulatory concerns.

  • Improving Australia’s health system beyond the election

    Maarten IJzerman     |      May 18, 2019

    While Australia has one of the best healthcare systems in the world, the major political parties are failing to address its long term sustainability at a time of demographic and technological change.

  • Housing is a health issue for Australians with disability

    Zoe Aitken     |      May 16, 2019

    Housing affordability and security for all Australians is a fundamental issue missing from the federal election campaign – particularly for those with disabilities.

  • How do the parties shape up on health?

    Stephen Duckett     |      May 13, 2019

    The major parties’ manifestos for the 2019 federal election present voters with starkly contrasting health policies. These policies are shaped and constrained by the overall themes presented by the party leaders, but have some unique elements.

  • Setting the record straight on home births

    Miranda Davies-Tuck     |      May 10, 2019

    More women are choosing to give birth at home, and Victoria has become the first state to issue guidelines on the trend to clinicians and health professionals.

  • Whole-genome sequencing is changing cancer care

    Maarten IJzerman     |      May 1, 2019

    Whole-genome sequencing is changing the treatment of cancer in Australia but we have to understand the scope of its usefulness in the real-world to support a more sustainable, affordable health system.

  • Making space for re-learning life skills after a stroke

    Ruby Lipson-Smith     |      April 30, 2019

    The design of rehabilitation facilities for people recovering from a stroke need to be ‘learning spaces’ that support re-acquiring lost skills.