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Couples who are carriers of genes for recessive diseases don’t show any symptoms. Photo by Drew Hays on Unsplash

What prospective parents need to know about gene tests such as ‘prepair’

Cystic fibrosis, spinal muscular atrophy and fragile X syndrome are serious diseases, and most couples carrying the genetic mutations for these don't know it. Should they all be tested?
All brain tumours are associated with significant sickness and death, even if they are benign. from shutterstock.com

Three charts on: brain cancer in Australia

Why hasn't there been an improvement in survival in the last 30 years for patients with brain cancers?
Victoria’s Parliamentary Secretary for Treasury and Finance Mr Daniel Mulino voted against the state’s assisted dying bill. JOE CASTRO/AAP Imagine

Four reasons Victorian MPs say ‘no’ to assisted dying, and why they’re misleading

The main arguments used by those who voted against assisted dying – including that the bill has insufficient safeguards – in Victoria's upper house, deserve further scrutiny.
Protecting the patents of expensive medicines for longer would affect low-income countries. Jason Reed/ReutersPics

Time for costly medicine monopolies to go from TPP trade talks

Negotiators from 11 countries have been racing to resurrect the near-dead Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement before the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit this weekend.
With so many products on the market, it’s hard to know which supplements are scientifically proven to work. David van der Mark/Flickr

Health Check: which sports supplements actually work?

Here are some of the more popular sports supplements on the market today, separated into categories based on how effective and safe research shows they are.