• Rural health needs more than workers

    Pamela Harvey     |      June 19, 2023

    Disparities in health outcome across Australia’s population have been extensively documented, but simply increasing the number of medical staff in rural regions isn’t the complete answer.

  • Eat fresh

    Open Forum     |      May 29, 2023

    Adopting aspects of the famous Mediterranean diet could help cut your food bills as well as improve your health.

  • Investing in research

    Open Forum     |      May 16, 2023

    A study co-led by The University of Queensland has found Australia is lagging behind similar countries in funding basic research, particularly in the medical, biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors.

  • How old are you on the inside?

    Ye Ella Tian     |      April 29, 2023

    The biological age of a person’s brain and body could be routinely measured in the doctor’s clinic to identify people at risk of chronic disease and enable early lifestyle adjustments and medications.

  • Fewer superdrugs for more superbugs

    Open Forum     |      March 23, 2023

    Just 12 new antibiotics have entered the market from 2017 to 2021, according to a World Health Organization review that says the antibiotics currently in the pipeline aren’t enough to keep up with the rise in antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’.

  • Merchants of death

    Michelle Jongenelis     |      March 21, 2023

    Tobacco companies reap vast profits from selling a product they know will kill or cripple many of their customers, so it’s little surprise they continue to oppose any attempts to reduce the health toll of their poisonous products.

  • Sex, lies and vape advertising

    Jonine Jancey     |      March 13, 2023

    It’s time to stop the promotion of vaping products through online retailers and ban the use of unsubstantiated marketing claims.

  • COVID’s still a problem

    Brendan Crabb     |      March 12, 2023

    COVID has fallen out of the headlines and public consciousness, but it still takes its toll of people’s lives and health, and burdens the health system.

  • Smoking 2.0

    Simon Chapman     |      March 7, 2023

    Vaping advocates argue we need vapes to help smokers quit, but the evidence they do that is weak, indeed vaping offers a gateway to smoking, and is dangerous to users and obnoxious to others in itself.

  • Placebo health

    Alan Stevenson     |      March 6, 2023

    New research into the elusive ‘placebo’ effect suggests we have more control over our bodies than was previously thought – maybe faith can indeed move mountains.

  • DNA databases

    Beth Tarini     |      March 4, 2023

    Collecting DNA data is not much help without the key to understanding what it all means, and that key is centralised health records.

  • Burn the blues away

    Open Forum     |      February 27, 2023

    University of South Australia researchers are calling for exercise to be a mainstay approach for managing depression as a new study shows that physical activity is 1.5 times more effective than counselling or the leading medications.