Everyone was up in arms about a lack of privacy with My Health Records, but the privacy is the same for other types of patient data.
New laws mean My Health Record data is more protected than other patient data. Privacy policies should be the same across the board.
Extending pharmaceutical monopolies would substantially increase costs for taxpayers.
The EU is asking Australia to extend drug company monopolies. This could mean Australians wait longer for access to cheaper, generic medicines.
Previous reviews into aged care have come up with findings sure to be repeated in the royal commission.
Four Corners this week revealed understaffing and poor staff training in aged care. These issues have also been found in previous reviews into aged care.
Apple’s smart watch can now read your heart current.
The new Apple Watch is making waves for being able to record an electrocardiogram (ECG) and share it. An ECG can tell you what's going on with your heart.
Most aged-care residents don’t feel like they are loved or belong in their facility.
Older people living in residential aged care often have few friends, no meaningful interactions and feel socially isolated. Most people are depressed and some may no longer wish to live.
There are many pharmacological options available for insomnia. But they will mostly make you reliant upon them for sleep.
With so many different types out there, it's hard to know what sleep medications are safe to use. Here's a guide.
People with dementia often experience a range of psychological symptoms and behaviour changes.
Because of their sedative effect, antipsychotic medications are often used – in fact they are over-used – to "manage" people with dementia. This is against clinical guidelines.
Stop blaming your parents for your weight.
Spoiler alert: kilojoules affect weight gain more than your genes or gut bugs.
For decades, doctors have been prescribing low-dose aspirin for healthy people over the age of 70.
Taking low-dose aspirin daily doesn't delay the onset of disability in healthy older people. Nor does it prevent heart attack or stroke in those who hadn't experienced either condition before.
Medicine shortages occur too often in Australia, which is reliant on the global supply chain.
Recently passed legislation will ensure pharmaceutical companies report shortages of medicines. This is only about notifications. It won't prevent medicine shortages themselves.
The Liberal Party has pre-selected Dave Sharma for Wentworth, against Scott Morrison’s wish for a female candidate.
The Liberal preselectors of Wentworth have selected Dave Sharma, even though Prime Minister Scott Morrison wanted a female candidate.
What trends might emerge when we map cancer incidence and mortality rates across Australia?
It's clear that socioeconomic position has a strong influence on cancer incidence and mortality in Australia.
Knee arthroscopy requires admission to hospital and an anaesthetic. It carries some risk of harm such as infection or further damage in the joint.
Doctors tend to overestimate how good their treatments are and underestimate the harms that come from them. But many studies have shown knee arthroscopy to no more effective than fake surgery.
Campaigns continue to have abortion decriminalised across Australia.
Although there is a move towards decriminalising abortion in Australian states, there is a long way to go before abortion is treated like other medical procedures under the law.
The same interventions for happiness and well-being won’t work for everyone.
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Past studies have found acting extraverted can even make introverts happy. But a new study had the opposite findings.
It’s mostly about listening.
R U OK Day is tomorrow, encouraging all of us to check in with others to see if they’re OK. But what if someone says “no”? What should you say or do? Should you tell someone else? What resources can you…
All Australian health-care practitioners must register with the national regulator.
To protect consumers to the best of its ability, AHPRA should have access to more data.
Conflict, and not the separation itself, is a greater predictor of how children will fare post-divorce.
Most parents worry how their child will fare after divorce. Most will be fine, so long as they don't witness conflict.
Better out than in.
Holding on too long triggers a build up of intestinal gas that may eventually escape via an uncontrollable fart.
Foods that contain omega 3 have been found to increase brain function.
We all know some foods are good for our physical health, but what about our mental health?
Women with endometriosis need evidence-based information to make informed choices about their treatment.
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Endometriosis is cut or vaporised with an electric current or laser. It ranges from a simple, 20 minute operation to complex surgery involving important organs such as the bowel and bladder.
Around half of prisoners have a substance dependence.
Some drug and alcohol programs
currently used in prisons have little evidence to support them.
Colonoscopies are on the rise in Australia.
A colonoscopy is usually done to diagnose bowel cancer. It is an invasive procedure with risks such as bowel perforation. It's important to only have the test if you're likely to benefit.
At-home whitening kits can damage tooth enamel.
There are a few options for whitening your teeth, but they're not all equally safe.
Thinking ability declines with age in those with dementia.
Have you noticed your thinking ability drops during winter and spring? A new study of healthy adults and dementia patients found cognitive function declines in the colder months.