Scientists have made advances in developing a new type of blood test to detect eight of the most common cancers.
For many parents, sorting the “normal” quirkiness of childhood behaviour from the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be anxiety provoking.
Early intervention is key to treating autism, but how is a family to know which quirky childhood behaviours might be symptoms? An educational psychologist explains.
Images are so useful in medical diagnosis - but there are legal and ethical concerns about how they’re used.
Has your doctor ever taken a photo of your medical condition? It's really useful to aid diagnosis, but we still don't have the right legislation to ensure legal and ethical protections.
Does your daughter forget or misplace things all the time? Is she the classroom helper? Assessment scales for ADHD have tended to use data from boys so the signs of ADHD in girls may not be what you expect.
Assessment scales for ADHD have been developed using mostly male research samples. As a result, the behaviours indicating ADHD in girls may not be what you expect.
Bradley Cooper’s character in Silver Linings Playbook had bipolar disorder.
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One person with a given diagnosis can be entirely different, symptomatically speaking, from another with the same diagnosis.
Depression doesn’t lead to heart disease, as some people suggest, but it’s a sign that you might be at risk of it.
If you're 45 or older and have depression, new research suggests you may need to ask for a heart check when you next see your doctor.
BiliScreen, used for detecting signs of jaundice in a person’s eye.
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An app could help diagnose one of the most deadly cancers at the early stages using eye-scanning technology.
People have diagnosed Donald Trump with all sorts of disorders — but is this ethical?
There's a fierce debate about whether it's ethical for mental health professionals to diagnose politicians they haven't personally examined.
Blood permeates every tissue in the body, meaning just a few spoonfuls can tell us a lot about our health.
Blood is perhaps the most important window through which we can peer into a person's health or illness.
Autism manifests in different ways. The signs are often less visible in women than in men, leading many to be underdiagnosed.
Even emergency department staff can have trouble telling if someone’s intoxicated as clinical clues can mislead.
We all know what a drunk person looks like, right? Wrong. Even health care workers can be confused.
An early diagnosis can be the difference between living and dying.
Medical panels are constantly lowering thresholds across many diseases, which results in more and more healthy people being diagnosed as sick.
More of us are labelled as sick with the constantly changing diagnostic cut-offs for diseases. Now an international expert panel has drafted a list of things to consider before setting new thresholds.
Doctors can tell a lot about your health from your urine sample, if you take it properly.
If you're not sure why you need a urine test or the right way to collect a sample, here's what you need to know.
Scientists are only just beginning to understand the full extend of noise-induced hearing loss.
Machines don’t make the same errors as humans when it comes to decisions based on visual analysis.
The value of machine learning is not only that it is more accurate than humans. It is also cheaper and more consistent in its diagnoses.
Nurses have taken on a surprising number of tasks that were once the preserve of doctors. And they do them exceptionally well.
Scans are still largely studied by humans.
Artificial intelligence is already transforming a range of industries but it has still to make an impact on healthcare. So what's the hold up?
We don’t know if Lyme disease bacteria exists in Australia but we know people are getting sick.
In Australia, only three infectious diseases are known to be transmitted from ticks to humans: Queensland tick typhus; Flinders Island Spotted Fever; and Q fever.
Thinking too fast?
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Cognitive traps can steer doctors away from the right diagnosis.