Fear-Based Health Information Makes New Mothers Anxious

14 August, 2015 by Sharon Smith

Heather Rowe, Monash University and Jane Fisher, Monash University

We’re Overdosing on Medicine

12 August, 2015 by Sharon Smith

It’s Time to Embrace Life’s Uncertainty The more we learn about the problem of too much medicine and what’s driving it, the harder it seems to imagine effective solutions. Winding back unnecessary tests and treatments will require a raft of reforms across medical research, education and regulation.

Workplace Skills: Coaching Your Peers

10 August, 2015 by Sharon Smith

We have asked leadership and coaching consultant Stacey Ashley to provide some practical workplace skills in the area of people management. In this article Stacey takes us through the art of coaching our peers, whether in a formal or informal coaching or mentoring relationship.

Clinical Trials of FODMAP Diet Question Effectiveness

10 August, 2015 by Sharon Smith

The low-FODMAP diet was developed in Australia by Monash University for those suffering from medically-diagnosed Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Functional Gastro-Intestinal Disorder (FGID). While it is increasingly being prescribed by dieticians and GPs as lifestyle treatment for these conditions, a review of the available data has been published in Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin (dtb) showing very little evidence that the diet’s recommendation of avoiding dietary carbohydrate does actually control symptoms.

Is Depression a Mental or Physical Illness?

07 August, 2015 by Sharon Smith

Ute Vollmer-Conna, UNSW Australia and Gordon Parker, UNSW Australia

Hacking for Better Health

07 August, 2015 by ahhb

On Our Agenda: Looking Towards the Future of Healthcare

06 August, 2015 by Sharon Smith

Technology company Polycom conducted a survey of over 1,200 healthcare professionals between October 2014 – April 2015. The respondents were asked about what they believed were the greatest challenges to the future of healthcare. While funding and access to healthcare were clear leaders in current challenges to healthcare, North American respondents indicated that the heavy demand on health service infrastructure was the biggest strain on their own industry. To overcome these healthcare bottlenecks by 2025, technology developments such as mobile, the Internet of Things (IoT) and big data, will play a critical role.

Health Check: What Causes Headaches?

03 August, 2015 by Sharon Smith

Michael Vagg, Barwon Health

Reducing Depression in Nursing Homes Requires More than Just Antidepressants

31 July, 2015 by Sharon Smith

Sunil Bhar, Swinburne University of Technology

Cancer Screening: Does Over-Diagnosis Do More Harm than Good?

29 July, 2015 by Sharon Smith

Cancer screening programs have undoubtedly improved medical treatment in modern times. However, according to a national Australian survey only 10% of Australian adults had been told of the risk of over-diagnosis in cancer screening.

What You Should Expect From Your GP

28 July, 2015 by Sharon Smith

Max Kamien, University of Western Australia

On Our Agenda: An Opportunity for Private Health Insurance

23 July, 2015 by Sharon Smith

The conflict between private health insurer Medibank Private and the Australian hospital system is gaining more and more public attention with yesterday’s statements from both Medibank and the AMA president Professor Brian Owler during his National Press Club address.

Chronic Pain Management Tools

23 July, 2015 by Sharon Smith

NPS MedicineWise has developed resources for patients living with chronic pain to work with their care providers in managing their health, discussing particular concerns and exploring support options.

HIV-Positive Teenager in Remission for 12 Years

22 July, 2015 by Sharon Smith

Some great news has emerged from the 2015 International Aids Society Conference in Canada this week, with a French teenager who was born with HIV having been in remission for 12 years - the longest on record for a person in her age group.

Diagnose Your Cough with an App

22 July, 2015 by Sharon Smith

Cough into this phone please: The University of Queensland has developed a mobile application that allows for the diagnosis of respiratory conditions such as pneumonia and asthma based on an algorithm that uses the sound of the patient’s cough for recognition.

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