health

health July 13, 2019

Dementia and the ageing brain

As we age, so does our brain. But new research shows healthy lifestyle choices can dramatically slow the process and reduce the risk of diseases such as dementia.

health June 15, 2019

Disability and natural disasters

When natural disasters strike, their impact on people with disability is even more diabolical. So what measures are being put in place to assist those affected?

health March 2, 2019

Surviving a lightning strike

While deaths from lightning bolts instantly make headlines, for those who survive, ongoing and little understood health issues may continue to manifest long after the initial strike.

health May 18, 2019

Bias-free dietary guidance

Canada’s new 2019 healthy food guidelines illustrate what public dietary advice might look like without the influence of powerful food industries. Should Australia follow suit?

health February 23, 2019

Australia’s psychedelic drug trial

Advocates of psychedelic drug research are hoping the psilocybin trial for treating anxiety in the terminally ill, at Melbourne’s St Vincent’s Hospital, is the beginning of a new acceptance for the potential of the field.

health January 26, 2019

Dyspraxia, or developmental co-ordination disorder

As a child, the author couldn’t ride a bike or catch a ball; in adulthood, she struggled with driving and spatial skills. Then, at 38, what she had always thought of as her ‘freakishness’ was finally given a medical diagnosis.

health December 1, 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.

health November 3, 2018

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder

Women who experience premenstrual dysphoric disorder – a condition many degrees more severe than the more common PMS – face misunderstanding, misdiagnosis and restrictions on the lives they can lead.

health October 6, 2018

DIY diabetic systems

For many type 1 diabetes sufferers, the lengthy approval process for artificial pancreas technology has led them to make their own devices. But it’s a move that could have complicated legal ramifications for their treating physicians.

health September 22, 2018

Young people in aged-care homes

As the spotlight turns to conditions in aged-care facilities, attention is also being drawn to the problem of young people with disabilities being forced to live in residences with an end-of-life focus.

health August 18, 2018

Social prescribing

As well as writing prescriptions for medicine, Australian GPs are being encouraged to follow the lead of New Zealand and Britain in “social prescribing”, where formal directions are provided on diet, exercise, meditation and more.