health

health July 14, 2018

The pressures of living with sick or disabled siblings

While children with a disability or chronic illness are seen as being in need of support, their siblings may be left struggling to cope with their complex family dynamic.

health July 7, 2018

Hope for homebirths

While cost, regulation and an unsupportive healthcare system has marginalised homebirth in Australia, new hospital programs could see it become a viable option for women seeking alternatives to the traditional labour ward.

health June 16, 2018

Reversing alopecia

While alopecia areata poses no long-term threat to general health, psychological effects can be severe. Will a new drug trial hold the key to reversing the condition?

health June 23, 2018

Focus on endometriosis

Endometriosis is an often excruciating condition that affects 700,000 Australian women. With a national action plan due next month, sufferers are finally hopeful better treatments will soon be found.

health June 2, 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 May 19, 2018

The benefits of plant-based eating

While vegans and vegetarians are sometimes regarded with scepticism, nutritional experts suggest Australians’ health could benefit greatly from an increased intake of plant-based foods.

health May 4, 2018

Aerotoxic syndrome

While the focus of air safety is largely on crash prevention, passengers and crew may face a potentially greater risk from aerotoxic syndrome, a condition experts have dubbed ‘the asbestos of the skies’.

health April 28, 2018

Combatting prostate cancer

For most men, a diagnosis of prostate cancer comes with news of an excellent survival rate. But the challenges of the illness can run far beyond the cancer itself.

health April 21, 2018

Getting benefits from placebos

Mounting evidence suggests genuine improvement from taking placebos, even when a patient is informed their treatment has no physiological benefit.

health April 7, 2018

Boys and body image

Where much attention on adolescent body image problems has focused on girls, new research shows vulnerability among boys, including conditions such as muscle dysmorphia.

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.