Health + Medicine – Analysis and Comment

In addition to bed availability, look for specialist dementia wards, skilled staff and good communication channels. hxdbzxy/Shutterstock

Looking for a nursing home place for your parent with dementia? Here’s what to consider

Admitting a loved one to a nursing home is a difficult decision and is usually only arrived at once the person's care needs cannot be met by the family and community-based services.
The thing all five viruses have in common is they can cause mild to very severe liver damage. wk1003mike/Shutterstock

Explainer: the A, B, C, D and E of hepatitis

Hepatitis A, B, C, D and E are very different viruses. Hepatitis A is genetically closer to the common cold than it is to hepatitis B. Hepatitis C is closer to the virus that causes dengue fever.
A blood test for dementia would be great, but there are limitations as to what blood can tell us about our brains. from www.shutterstock.com.au

How far off is a blood test for Alzheimer’s disease?

Blood has some disadvantages for diagnosis as it is separated from the brain by what is called the "blood brain barrier". This makes it difficult to establish that a signal is actually coming from the brain.
There are a number of reasons some children struggle to walk with a flat foot. from www.shutterstock.com.au

What it means when kids walk on their toes

Some toddlers are unable to walk with their whole foot on the ground. This should be checked out by a health professional.
Recent studies have revealed an emerging understanding of the benefits of birthing relationships through the childbearing process. Shutterstock

Speaking with: Hannah Dahlen on pregnancy care

Dallas Rogers speaks with Hannah Dahlen and Jacqueline Nelson about the importance of the relationship between a midwife and an expectant mother.
One can’t accurately predict a rampage shooting based on exposure to violent video games or any other single factor. ScreenShots of Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare/Brother Games screenshot

Violent video games and real violence: there’s a link but it’s not so simple

There is agreement that violent video games lead to aggression. But one can't accurately predict a rampage shooting based on exposure to violent video games or any other single factor.
Dysplasia of the hips is more likely where they baby has less space - like when they come out upside down (breech). from www.shutterstock.com.au

Is hip dysplasia in my newborn something to worry about?

Developmental dysplasia of the hip is a chronic condition present from early childhood which can cause permanent disability if not identified and treated early.
A new mathematical model has predicted Zika will soon stop spreading due to mass immunity. Martial Trezzini/EPA/AAP

Is the end of Zika nigh? How populations develop immunity

During a disease outbreak, lots of people can become infected in a short time and develop immunity, making it hard for the pathogen to spread.
This approach will help concentrate efforts on evidence and value rather than ideologically based, slash-and-burn approaches. AAP Image/Fairfax Media Pool/Andrew Meares

Five tips to get the government started on real health reform

The government must do more to deliver a 21st-century health system – not just to improve its standing with voters but to meet the health needs of all Australians.