We’ve come a long way since the 1950s in our understanding of breast cancer and how to treat it.
New research that more isn't better when it comes to chemotherapy mirrors the evolution of surgery approaches to breast cancer that, a few decades ago, were far more radical than now.
Life should never be reduced to sitting and waiting to die.
As this will be the final home for many older people, nursing homes are seen as God's waiting room.
A mobile phone is not a medical device – so don’t believe apps that say they are.
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.
Telstra Health has won the contract to manage the National Bowel Cancer and Cervical Screening Program registries.
The cancer screening registry contract won by Telstra Health is only the first of the potential outsourcing of health programs. It creates a precedent that needs to be right.
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.
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.
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?
Full-time working Australian women spend, on average, 25 hours doing housework per week.
Men have increased their housework contributions – a nod towards greater gender equality. Yet women still spend twice as much time on housework as men.
Does your mum list all your siblings' names before she gets to yours? Don’t worry, she doesn’t love them more.
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.
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.
Migrant children often adapt to their host country much quicker than their parents.
Migrant children often become interpreters for their parents in settings like the doctor's office, legal situations and even in parent-teacher interviews. This can be a burden and affect their health.
Child sex offenders don’t have horns and tails. For the most part, they look and act like you and me.
Some child sex offenders don’t even realise what they are doing is wrong; they genuinely believe they are showing the children "love".
It may make us uncomfortable, but animal research saves human and animal lives.
Understanding Animal Research/Wellcome
The media regularly report impressive medical advances, but not the animal research that plays a critical role in developing the new treatment or giving us insights into basic science.
The yellow in Van Gogh’s Starry Night looks like symptoms of foxglove extract overdose.
Many suspect Van Gogh suffered from foxglove extract overdose due to the yellow halos in his paintings and his portrait of his physician holding the plant.
About 58% of the average household’s food budget is spent on ‘junk’ food.
Many people believe eating healthily is expensive – and more costly than buying junk food. But our new research shows this isn't the case.
More than 7% of Western women choose not to have children.
Women who publicly state their desire never to be mothers in the traditional sense challenge the idea that woman and mother are synonymous.
Walking challenges attract people who are already active.
While walking is a great way to get people moving, evidence has found the program doesn't target people who need it the most, and people swap high intensity exercise for more steps.
Are Olympic athletes, officials, reporters and spectators at risk travelling to this Zika-affected city?
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.
The sugar content of your favourite snacks might surprise you.
If you're an average-sized adult eating and drinking enough to maintain a healthy body weight, you should consume no more than 12 teaspoons of sugar per day.
Avoiding or delaying diagnosis means people miss out on treatments that might have eased their suffering.
While it's important to increase the diagnosis of depression and find a treatment plan that suits the individual, simply writing more scripts for antidepressants isn't the answer.
The proposed fund would invest in new approaches to reducing harms and deaths associated with alcohol and other drug use.
PolicyCheck unpacks the details and history of the Greens' proposed $10 million Harm Reduction Innovation Fund drug policy.
Although the Coalition is largely associated with this issue, Labor first introduced the Medicare rebate freeze in 2013 as a ‘temporary’ measure.
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.
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.
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.
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.
People nearing the end of their life often express fear of dying alone.
Research shows people who suffer from loss of meaning die earlier than those who maintain purpose. We can help people find meaning again by nurturing their "spirit".