In hospitals throughout Australia a dedicated troupe of clown doctors dispenses therapeutic comic relief.
A UNSW professor has created a type of fabric that replicates bone tissue, with potential for wide-ranging medical, commercial and safety applications.
An ongoing study into men’s attitudes to fatherhood and its associated pressures aims to uncover useful coping strategies and ultimately save lives.
Anorexic and abusing ice, Katelyn was let down by a health system unequipped to meet the challenges of comorbid disorders.
For sufferers of early onset scoliosis, new magnetic technology is helping to correct deformity without the need for multiple invasive procedures.
Overuse of antibiotics, in the home and agriculturally, has created a global health crisis with bacterial resistance to current treatments predicted to claim 10 million lives yearly by 2050.
Somnambulism affects an alarming number of people – particularly children – but despite its prevalence very little is known about its cause or possible interventions.
Tourette syndrome affects one in 100 Australian children. Now, behavioural therapy is helping to obviate tics.
Despite world-class research into chronic fatigue syndrome being undertaken nationally, government funding and support for sufferers is grossly lacking.
The fight against the spread of HIV has a new weapon – PrEP, a drug program that prevents transmission.
A ‘robust’ 10-yearly survey is laying bare the sexual practices of Australians, providing data for health workers and demystifying taboos.
How do you find the balance between living and the ongoing treatment that brain cancer requires?
Tired of the office? Maybe it has less to do with work and more to do with the height of the building and the weather outside.
Rural Australia could be the beneficiary of an influx of young British doctors looking abroad to escape swingeing cuts to junior contracts in their homeland.
A study of men aged over 70 is hoping to uncover the secrets to living a healthier, longer life.
A year on from her diagnosis, Jo Lennan reflects on the ups and downs of life after cancer.
A blood test early in pregnancy to screen for foetal genetic abnormalities raises as many questions as it answers.
Can Australia counter its soaring obesity rates by removing hidden subsidies on soft drinks?
A deaf, once-homeless cocker spaniel has become an unlikely weapon in the fight against dementia.
In some nations, a staggering 90 per cent of teenagers are short-sighted, but perhaps the problem could be arrested by simply sending children outside.
Is a growing tendency to overprescribe tests and treatments turning the elderly into ‘professional patients’?
The trouble with beating addiction is that it isn’t confined to one substance or activity.
Stigma and silence surround dementia, as research funding is sadly neglected.
Australians are heading overseas for cheap cosmetic surgery in booming numbers, despite the death of a Gold Coast woman undergoing surgery in Mexico and repeated warnings about the risks involved.
With a ‘female Viagra’ now on the cusp of approval, is there any proof the disorder it’s targeting exists?
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