Health + Medicine – Analysis and Comment

A mobile phone is not a medical device – so don’t believe apps that say they are. Jason Howie/Flickr

How to pick the good from the bad smartphone health apps

With an estimated 100,000 health and fitness apps available, it seems there is an app for everything – from tracking your bowel movements to practising your pimple-popping technique.
An issue for people not interested in sex is created by everyone else’s idea that they should be and that there’s something wrong with them. from shutterstock.com

Health Check: is it normal not to want sex?

Many people aren't interested in having sex or don’t feel sexual attraction to other people. Is it normal to be like this?
There’s no evidence to show your baby is at risk if visitors don’t get a whooping cough vaccine. Lily/Flickr

‘No Vax, No Visit’? If mum was vaccinated baby is already protected against whooping cough

Prospective parents, aware of how devastating whooping cough can be, want to leave no stone unturned to protect their baby. But is No Vax, No Visit supported by the best evidence?
Does your mum list all your siblings' names before she gets to yours? Don’t worry, she doesn’t love them more. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Peter, Paul, Kylie … David! Why we forget family members' names

How often has your own mother forgotten your name? Does she ever cycle through the names of each of your siblings – and perhaps even the family pet – before getting to yours?
There’s nothing that everyone wants in a partner. But there are characteristics most men or women find attractive. Leo Hidalgo/Flickr

How do we choose a partner?

We know a lot about why people choose different brands of dishwashing detergent. But when it comes to the processes behind choosing a romantic partner, science knows surprisingly little.
Are Olympic athletes, officials, reporters and spectators at risk travelling to this Zika-affected city? Marcelo Sayao/AAP

Will Zika virus cast a shadow over the Rio Olympics?

The outbreak of mosquito-borne Zika virus in South America has cast a shadow over preparations for the Olympic and Paralympic Games to be held in Rio de Janerio.
Although the Coalition is largely associated with this issue, Labor first introduced the Medicare rebate freeze in 2013 as a ‘temporary’ measure. AAP/Joel Carrett

Confused about the Medicare rebate freeze? Here’s what you need to know

Labor will lift the rebate freeze from 2017, while under the Coalition, GPs will be paid the same amount for delivering health services in 2020 as they were in 2014. So what does this mean for patients?
People who are over 90 when they die need considerably more support with every aspect of their daily life in their final year. Pat Pilon/Flickr

Here’s what people in their 90s really think about death

It is rare to hear from people in their tenth or eleventh decade but their voices are crucial to shaping end-of-life care services.
Palliative care aims to comfort rather than cure. from shutterstock.com

Palliative care should be embraced, not feared

Palliative care should be a time of shared care; when the doctor continues treating their patient's disease while symptom control and preparation for death track alongside.
There are reasons why people get paid more to work out of hours beyond the working week being a social construct. from www.shutterstock.com.au

How reducing penalty rates will affect workers' health

Penalty rates are often cast as a roadblock to business or employment but, research sees penalty rates as a deterrent against employing workers in ways that risk workers’ health.