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Health April 11, 2020
Antibiotic misuse and resistance
The discovery of antibiotics almost a century ago was one of the most important breakthroughs in medical history. But as new research shows, we’re not using them responsibly and that could lead to dire outcomes.
Health February 15, 2020
Cervical cancer testing
While Britain introduces cervical cancer tests that women can self-administer at home, Australian experts are looking at new ways of increasing screening rates and reducing the risk of contracting this largely preventable disease.
Health February 29, 2020
Support after a stillbirth
The government recently announced that parents dealing with a stillbirth or infant death will be entitled to 12 months of unpaid parental leave. But advocates say there is more we can do for bereaved families.
Health September 14, 2019
In Britain, a new treatment has given women the opportunity to delay menopause. But does this risk demonising a natural part of the ageing process?
Life June 01, 2019
Switching off the smartphone
With studies showing too much time on smartphones adversely affects children’s mental and social development, is it time for teens to be forced to disconnect – at least occasionally – from their online lives?
Health December 01, 2018
Ovarian cancer: Survivors Teaching Students
A program sparked by an ovarian cancer survivor is bringing fellow patients into medical schools to help guide professionals in their approach to the deadly but often undiagnosed condition.
News August 11, 2018
Data mapping in the fight against sex trafficking
An Australian data analytics company has partnered with anti-sex-trafficking campaigners to help identify villages in India where girls and young women are most at risk.
Health July 28, 2018
Schools and childhood obesity
Australian governments are to consider recording the height and weight of all primary school children in an effort to reduce rates of obesity, but critics warn such a scheme could prove to be detrimental.
Health July 21, 2018
Stigma and early-onset menstruation
The age at which menstruation begins is getting lower, with girls as young as 10 experiencing their first period. The emotional turmoil that can result from stigmatisation and a lack of education is a mental health issue.
Health June 02, 2018
Opt-out organ donation
While Britain looks set to pass an ‘opt-out’ organ donation law – reversing the principle of volunteering – even some transplant recipients are unconvinced such a system should be adopted in Australia.
Health March 24, 2018
Misunderstanding chronic migraine
Chronic migraine puts stress on families and relationships and costs the economy in lost productivity, but a widespread underestimation of its severity may mean it is being overlooked for research funding.
Education February 10, 2018
While there is growing support for teaching children about physical intimacy and consent, some educators want it discussed at school, while others think it best left to parents.