This birth defect has such a stigma because it can be related to having a smaller-than-usual penis.
Hypospadias is a malformation of the penis, present from birth, where the opening of the urethra is misplaced somewhere along the underside of the penis instead of being at the tip.
A whole-of-community approach works best in shifting cultural attitudes and behaviours.
Most Australian women (87%) have experienced some form of street harassment, whether it's whistles, stares, unwanted comments or being followed by strangers in the street – often before the age of 18.
Boost your intake of foods containing vitamin A and E.
You can't change your genes but there are some food and lifestyle factors you can target to lower your risk.
Most men don’t know the normal size of testes.
Men with Klinefelter’s syndrome are infertile, as the extra X chromosome affects the ability to produce sperm.
Men and women living in areas of highest socioeconomic disadvantage have a 29% higher risk of being obese.
The government's focus on treating chronic disease neglects the importance of obesity and the benefits of preventive health measures tailored to gender and socioeconomic circumstances.
Paracetamol has been found to be no more effective than a placebo for low back pain and arthritis.
Paracetamol is one of the most widely used medicines in Australia and around the world with millions of doses administered worldwide each day.
Men don’t talk about their prostates - because they don’t really know about them.
Conversation about how often you piddle is probably not the most scintillating discourse. But there’s a much bigger reason men don't like to talk about prostate conditions.
What does the budget hold for health care?
This is a steady-as-she goes budget, mostly just confirming pre-announcements with only the expected unpleasant decisions, such as the continuation of the Medicare rebate freeze.
There have been number of short-lived Commonwealth funding programs for dental care in the past.
AAP Image/Mick Tsikas
PolicyCheck unpacks the detail and history of the Coalition's proposed dental health care policy.
Unfortunately women only have the eggs they’re born with.
Most women will have been made aware they have a ticking biological clock. But most probably don't know it's because women are born with a limited supply of eggs, and eventually they will run out.
Stigma is likely exacerbated by our many ‘pink’ campaigns to raise breast cancer awareness and improve outcomes for women.
Although breast cancer is usually seen as a woman’s disease, around 145 Australian men were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, and around 25 died from it.
We’ve all heard about the elusive G-spot, but is it real?
Eleanor Beth Haswell
It is perhaps one of the most controversial debates in sexual function: is there, or isn’t there a G-spot? And if there is, how do we find it?
A Royal College of Physicians report has encouraged smokers to take up e-cigarettes.
A new report has found electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are much safer than smoking and has encouraged their widespread use among smokers.
Men seek out male doctors, but are actually more honest with females.
Men can expect to die approximately five years sooner than women, but why? One possible explanation is men are more reluctant to go to the doctor – and less likely to be honest once they get there.
Most people think only women get postnatal depression.
It will come as no surprise that some new fathers will be anxious or highly stressed. However, most people believe only new mums suffer postnatal depression. This is not the case.
We could be doing much more to prevent heart attacks.
Fewer than half of Australians who have had a heart attack take blood pressure and cholesterol-lowering drugs to prevent them having another one.
Ever wondered how the small, white ibuprofen pill turns off your headache?
Have you ever wondered how the small white ibuprofen pill turns off your headache? Or how a regular antidepressant keeps your brain chemistry in balance?
Some 60% of bugs that infect humans originated in animals.
The world’s scientific community is focused on how to improve detection and responses to emerging diseases such as Zika virus and Ebola. So what can we learn from the most recent large-scale outbreaks?
There are a few explanations as to why some people faint when they get needles or feel pain.
Most people find the sight of blood or a hypodermic needle enough to cause some discomfort, but why is it that some people faint when they’re faced with them?
Anorexia is often seen as an assertion of autonomy and control by a young woman who is engaged in a battle with her family and therapists.
Young women (and men) have been dramatically restricting their calorie intake for centuries, but not all the symptoms of modern anorexia have always been present.
Vitamin D and fish oil are some of the supplements that can enhance effects of antidepressant medications.
Taking some nutrient supplements together with antidepressants can enhance the medication's effects, our new research has found.
Mefloquine’s chemical structure is based on one of the first malaria drugs, quinine, that comes from the bark of South America’s Cinchona tree.
Cinchona seedlings being packaged for shipment to make quinine, 1943/NLM
Mefloquine was one of around 250,000 chemical compounds tested for malaria-killing activity in the 1960s by the United States military who needed to protect troops from malaria in the tropics.
A virus is essentially an information system (encoded in DNA or RNA) surrounded by a protective coat.
Humans have a deep history of viral infections, the evidence for which dates back to ancient DNA from Egyptian mummies.
Offshore detention centres cannot provide quality health care.
Health professionals have long warned that conditions in offshore detention centres are inhumane, degrading and pose life-threatening risks to asylum seekers and refugees.
Most people know what causes their back pain, but unexplained back pain could have a more sinister cause.
Roughly a quarter of patients under 45 years suffering ongoing lower-back pain without an obvious other cause will have the disease ankylosing spondylitis.