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.

Stomach Ulcer Treatments May Reduce Risk of Gastric Cancer

22 July, 2015 by Sharon Smith

Treatments for Helicobacter pylori bacterium— the main cause of stomach ulcers — may reduce the risk of gastric cancer, according to recent reseach published in the Cochrane Library. The studies were conducted in Colombia, China and Japan.

Chronic Depression Causes Brain Damage

20 July, 2015 by Sharon Smith

A study published in Molecular Psychiatry has shown that persistent depression causes brain damage by shrinking the hippocampus, leading to a loss of emotional and behavioural function.

Assisted Euthanasia and the Right to Dignity

16 July, 2015 by Sharon Smith

Assisted euthanasia is always a sensitive topic, and a recent study of New Zealand GPs has revealed that 11.8% admitted having intervened to help a terminally ill and suffering patient to die.

On Our Agenda: Debating Homeopathy

16 July, 2015 by Sharon Smith

This week the BMJ published a debate between two researchers over the effectiveness of homeopathy in treatment of illness. Should Doctors Recommend Homeopathy? played off a 2015 Australian NHMRC report citing that homeopathy was ineffective.

Mobile Phone Hygiene Standards Are Not Necessary

16 July, 2015 by Sharon Smith

Yesterday we reported on the study performed in an Australian hospital showing healthcare workers not employing infection control practices when handling mobile phones - potential leading to the spread of bacteria.

Queensland Government Spends Big in Health Budget

15 July, 2015 by Sharon Smith

Queensland’s Labor Government released its budget, with healthcare to benefit substantially in the areas of hospital services and facilities, ambulance services, disability services and children’s and community  health in a record $14.2 billion investment in the public health sector.

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