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Therapies on a nano scale rely on engineered nanoparticles designed to package and deliver drugs to exactly where they’re needed. from shutterstock.com

Explainer: what is nanomedicine and how can it improve childhood cancer treatment?

Nanoparticles are a form of transport for drugs and can go places drugs wouldn't be able to go on their own. They make drug delivery more targeted, reducing collateral damage to healthy tissues.
Knowing how to communicate about death gives us the language to discuss end-of-life topics with our loved ones. from www.shutterstock.com

Passed away, kicked the bucket, pushing up daisies – the many ways we don’t talk about death

We use euphemisms about death and dying to soften the blow of the real words, or because we feel awkward being direct. But this can lead to misunderstanding and confusion.
Families who are around at mealtimes can check their relatives are swallowing food properly and alert nursing home staff if there’s a problem. from www.shutterstock.com

The shocking state of oral health in our nursing homes, and how family members can help

Poor oral health in our nursing homes can lead to many complications, including choking to death. Here's how family and staff can help advocate for better care.
Deciding whether or not to continue on medication in pregnancy is always a balancing act. from shutterstock.com

Should I stop taking Prozac if I’m pregnant?

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.
Feeling tired or being unable to concentrate is common even days after surgery. But there are simple ways to help speed up your recovery. Jason Jones/Flickr

Health Check: why can you feel groggy days after an operation?

Some people can feel drowsy or can't concentrate days after an operation. While it's easy to blame the anaesthetics, the real picture is usually more complicated.
The show’s three hosts (left to right) Sandro Demaio, Renee Lim and Shalin Naik tackle obesity in the first episode, but don’t quite nail it. ABC TV

The ABC’s Ask the Doctor sends mixed messages about obesity

The ABC's new show Ask the Doctor goes some way to explain the many contributors to obesity. So, why spoil it with the take-home message that willpower is all you need to lose weight?
Each person’s unique gut microbiota composition is in continuous communication with the immune system. from shutterstock.com

How our gut bacteria affect cancer risk and response to treatment

The composition of bacteria in our gut regulates our immune system. Modifying it - through poo transplants for example - can control cancer risk, as well as response to treatment.
The future of the NDIS is seemingly secured in this federal budget. from shutterstock.com

Budget 2017 sees Medicare rebate freeze slowly lifted and more funding for the NDIS: experts respond

Health announcements in the federal budget include a slow lifting of the Medicare rebate freeze, money for new medicines, and an increase in the Medicare levy to fund the NDIS.
A controversial editorial has questioned whether saturated fats really clog up your arteries and put you at risk of heart disease. But can it really overturn decades of research? from www.shutterstock.com

Viewpoints: is saturated fat really the killer it’s made out to be?

We need to eat a healthy diet, do some exercise and avoid stress rather than blame saturated fat for heart disease, says a recent editorial. But does the evidence stack up?