Health + Medicine – Analysis and Comment

This birth defect has such a stigma because it can be related to having a smaller-than-usual penis. Mike Ault/Flickr

Hypospadias: the cause of penis malformation is still a matter of debate

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.
Stigma is likely exacerbated by our many ‘pink’ campaigns to raise breast cancer awareness and improve outcomes for women.

Breast cancer campaigns might be pink, but men get it too

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

Health Check: does the ‘G-spot’ exist?

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?
Most people think only women get postnatal depression. James Garcia/upsplash

Dads get postnatal depression too

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.
Ever wondered how the small, white ibuprofen pill turns off your headache? from shutterstock.com

Explainer: how do drugs work?

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?
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

Weekly Dose: mefloquine, an antimalarial drug made to win wars

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. Tom Thai/Flickr

Disease evolution: our long history of fighting viruses

Humans have a deep history of viral infections, the evidence for which dates back to ancient DNA from Egyptian mummies.
Most people know what causes their back pain, but unexplained back pain could have a more sinister cause. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Unexplained lower back pain? It could be ankylosing spondylitis

Roughly a quarter of patients under 45 years suffering ongoing lower-back pain without an obvious other cause will have the disease ankylosing spondylitis.