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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 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.

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 11, 2018

Midlife suicide

Suicide rates among the middle-aged are on the rise. And, according to experts, growing social fragmentation, income insecurity and life pressures are fuelling the trend.

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.

health February 23, 2018

Tattoos and skin cancer

The trend among young people to get large, elaborate tattoos could seriously hinder future detection of skin cancers.

health February 17, 2018

Access to medicinal cannabis

Although medicinal cannabis is now legal in Australia, under tight controls, the science of its risks and benefits is still not settled and doctors are reluctant to prescribe it.

health February 3, 2018

Rewards and fitness apps

Businesses have introduced reward schemes into health and fitness apps, even in the form of charity donations, but can such programs promote lasting lifestyle changes?

health December 15, 2017

Virtual reality and dementia

Using gaming technology to transport carers and family members into the mind of a dementia patient is revolutionising understanding of this debilitating degenerative condition.

health December 2, 2017

Early detection key for dyslexia

It is hoped a new federal initiative for early detection of dyslexia will deliver a better education for those with learning difficulties, as well as avoid the stigma that can lead to mental health problems.