• First, do no harm

    Open Forum     |      January 28, 2020

    Australians are increasingly being diagnosed with cancers that will do them no harm if left undetected or untreated, exposing them to unnecessary surgeries and chemotherapy.

  • Where there’s smoke…

    Max Thomas     |      January 26, 2020

    Melbourne, Sydney and vast swathes of the Eastern States have suffered the effects of the worst bushfire season for years, and the effects of smoke on the population must be taken into account in future planning.

  • Going viral

    Ian Mackay     |      January 24, 2020

    China has barred people from leaving the city of Wuhan, the epicentre of a new viral outbreak ,and global concern is rising, so what do we know so far?

  • Solving the genomic jigsaw puzzle of health

    Open Forum     |      January 24, 2020

    A DNA database of thousands of healthy older Australians is set to change how we determine which genes may underpin a range of chronic and acute diseases.

  • Rethinking interactions with mental health patients

    Open Forum     |      January 21, 2020

    New research overturns the belief that people with severe mental illness are incapable of effective communication with their psychiatrist, and are able to work together with them to achieve better outcomes for themselves.

  • How bad is breathing bushfire smoke?

    Robyn Langham     |      January 16, 2020

    Once the smoke clears, and the immediate issues of infrastructure, jobs and lives are being rebuilt – there will be ongoing questions about the health impacts of urban populations breathing air heavy with bushfire smoke for weeks on end.

  • Appealing to duty may encourage organ donation

    Open Forum     |      January 16, 2020

    The shortage of blood and organ donors could be eased by appealing to people’s sense of duty to others, rather than advertising ‘the gift of life’ according to QUT researchers.

  • Take food industry promises with a large pinch of salt

    Open Forum     |      January 14, 2020

    Major Australian food manufacturers are failing to deliver on voluntary commitments to make healthier products when it comes to salt, according to a new study of salt levels in foods on our supermarket shelves.

  • Exploring food insecurity in indigenous communities

    Open Forum     |      January 11, 2020

    A new study from the University of Queensland will work with local indigenous communities to improve food security among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

  • Healthy habits ‘deliver a disease-free decade’

    Open Forum     |      January 10, 2020

    A study of US workers shows how healthy habits in middle age can help you enjoy extra years of disease-free life later on in life.

  • Reach for the health stars

    Open Forum     |      January 7, 2020

    Better food labelling could help stem the rising tide of diet-related disease around the world, despite the reluctance of food manufacturers to help consumers make healthier choices.

  • A glimmer of light in the darkness

    John Oliffe     |      January 6, 2020

    Strengthening men’s social connections and understanding more about what male depression ‘looks like’ could be key steps to engage men with services to reduce male suicide.