Influenza symptoms include high fevers and chills, as well as pains and aches in muscles and joints.
When people say they have “the flu”, what they’re experiencing most of the time is the common cold, which is not caused by the influenza virus at all. But the term “flu season”, which Australia is in the…
The HPV vaccination program has had a profound impact on lowering the risk of cervical cancer in young women and suggested changes complement it.
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Australian women may soon have fewer of those uncomfortable visits to the doctor for cervical cancer screening. After an extensive evidence review, the Medical Services Advisory Committee has recommended…
Victorian MPs are about to debate an assisted dying bill. How can they sift through competing claims?
There is now a reputable body of research evidence from places that have introduced assisted dying, and MPs must examine that evidence before deciding how they will vote.
Even cheap dinners were found to influence prescribing habits.
An important new study in the United States has found doctors who receive just one cheap meal from a drug company tend to prescribe a lot more of that company's products.
A tax on sugary drinks wouldn’t just prevent obesity, it could recoup some of the costs from obesity to the taxpayer.
Obesity imposes enormous costs on the community, through higher taxes to fund extra government spending on health and from foregone tax revenue because obese people are more likely to be unemployed.
Junk food ads create pester power and undermine parents’ efforts to encourage healthy habits.
It’s like putting the fox in charge of the hen house – food advertisers can make and break the rules as they like.
Understanding the DNA of tumours allows researchers to target treatment to each individual.
Personalised medicine is based on the idea that by understanding the specific molecular code of a person’s disease, and particularly its genetic makeup, we can more accurately tailor treatment.
Methylprednisolone, the corticosteroid that’s used to treat serious asthma attacks, works by reducing inflammation.
A trial of methylprednisolone in kidney patients was halted recently because of safety concerns. But this doesn't affect people taking the drug for asthma, arthritis or other inflammatory conditions.
Artificial sweeteners pose their own problems.
We know we need to cut back on sugar, and focussing on eating more whole foods can help change our desire for sweetness.
Wearing a skirt can prevent girls from participating in sports.
Wearing a skirt at school can make girls less likely to participate in physical activity, and it's time schools changed their uniform policies.
Deciding whether or not to continue on medication in pregnancy is always a balancing act.
Antidepressants in pregnancy
A study has shown an association between antidepressants in pregnancy and risk to the baby. But there are many factors to consider if deciding whether to stay on an antidepressant if you're pregnant.
A new version of Gardasil, the HPV vaccine that protects against cervical cancer, has just been approved for listing on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Schedule.
A new version of the HPV vaccine Gardasil protects against nine types of the virus, and is already being used overseas.