• Taking the panic out of the pandemic

    Open Forum     |      March 6, 2020

    In the wake of Australia’s first coronavirus-related death on Sunday, the nation now has just a small window of opportunity to avoid hitting the panic button.

  • Estimating the economic impact of coronavirus

    David Uren     |      March 6, 2020

    Just as the course of the virus is uncertain, so too is its likely economic impact; predictions vary wildly and it’s difficult to trace the effects of previous epidemics.

  • China’s coronavirus cover-up

    Ryan Manuel     |      March 5, 2020

    China’s draconian efforts to contain the virus outbreak followed weeks of denial and coverup in the first affected region, potentially putting the world at risk of a major epidemic.

  • Ice, ice baby

    Diane Nazaroff     |      March 5, 2020

    NSW’s Special Commission of Inquiry into methamphetamine treatment services, harm reduction and drug laws has missed an opportunity for reform.

  • Tips for traveling during the coronavirus crisis

    David Beirman     |      March 2, 2020

    As coronavirus spreads across the globe, travelers need to be smart about where they go, how they travel and what precautions they take.

  • Curbing Australia’s sweet tooth

    James Muecke     |      March 2, 2020

    We’re hardwired to love sweet things, but too much sugar is leading to an increase in type 2 diabetes. Here’s what individuals and policymakers can do cut our collective sugar intake.

  • If you need somebody to trust, trust yourself

    Open Forum     |      March 1, 2020

    New research suggests a distrust of past experience may underlie obsessive-compulsive symptoms, and the findings could help patients and treatment providers understand seemingly irrational behaviors.

  • Get social against skin cancer

    Open Forum     |      February 27, 2020

    90 per cent of young adults regularly use social media, and so it’s a resource which cannot be overlooked in the battle to combat disease, including skin cancer.

  • The ramifications of Australia’s China travel ban

    Bryan Mercuri     |      February 25, 2020

    Australia closed its borders to travelers from China at the start of February ‘to ensure the health, safety and well-being of the Australian community’ so it’s time to assess its impact on the export, education and tourism.

  • Fighting weight gain after breast cancer

    Carolyn Ee     |      February 22, 2020

    Cancer often causes sharp declines in weight, but after a diagnosis of breast cancer, weight gain in some women can cause further problems over time.

  • Taking a break from the booze

    Nicole Lee     |      February 20, 2020

    New draft guidelines recommend no more than 10 standard alcoholic drinks a week, but knowing how to take a break from booze altogether might have even greater benefits than merely cutting back.

  • A connected world makes coronavirus more dangerous, but also helps us cope

    Richard Holden     |      February 16, 2020

    The same technological forces that make the Wuhan outbreak a global concern are also key to managing the crisis response.