• Seagulls and superbugs

    Open Forum     |      July 14, 2019

    Seagulls on Australian beaches may be threatening more than your fish and chips, new research has revealed, as they can carry superbugs similar to those causing serious infections in hospitals and nursing homes.

  • Beware the medical paper tsunami

    Gillian Oliver     |      July 12, 2019

    The recent discovery of medical patient information dumped on the side of the road in Brisbane has raised the issue of how hospitals and clinics manage their old paper records.

  • Value-based health care: how and why it can work in Australia

    Alison Verhoeven     |      July 9, 2019

    The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association recently launched the Australian Centre for Value-Based Health Care to bring together educational and training opportunities, quality research, best-practice case studies and similar resources.

  • Protecting your fitness data from the insurance companies

    Sven Tuzovic     |      July 9, 2019

    Wearable fitness devices are not only being embraced by health conscious consumers, but by a insurance industry keen to use people’s data for their own ends.

  • Understanding our cravings for alcohol and fast food

    Isabelle Dubach     |      July 5, 2019

    A UNSW psychology experiment has shown why it can be so hard to direct our attention away from cues that might lead to behaviour we’d like to avoid, like drinking alcohol and eating unhealthy food.

  • Medical ‘selfies’ can boost patient care

    Open Forum     |      July 1, 2019

    Taking medical ‘selfies’ and sharing them with a doctor empowers and reassures healthcare consumers, and can improve doctor-patient relationships, a two-part QUT-led study has found.

  • Staying active after 40 helps keep you alive

    Open Forum     |      June 28, 2019

    Keeping physically active or becoming more active during middle and older age is associated with a lower risk of death, regardless of past activity levels or existing health conditions, according to international research.

  • Obesity is the new normal but it’s still a health risk

    Tim Olds     |      June 23, 2019

    More people are now overweight than ever, but this doesn’t alter the fact that obesity increases a range of serious health risks, as well as affecting people’s quality of life.

  • Worker workouts in the workplace work

    Open Forum     |      June 16, 2019

    A new study from Germany shows that a personalised programme of exercise can help workers improve their health and reduce the risk of metabolic diseases.

  • Are pharma handouts to nurses affecting your healthcare?

    Open Forum     |      June 13, 2019

    Substantial pharmaceutical industry payments to Australian nurses and pharmacists are raising questions around their influence and Substantial pharmaceutical industry payments to Australian nurses and pharmacists are raising questions around their influence and prompting calls for greater transparency.

  • The gene therapy revolution is here

    Elizabeth Finkel     |      June 8, 2019

    As we enter an era, where once incurable diseases become curable; be prepared for some challenging debates about how to pay for gene therapy and the value of a human life.

  • 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.