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Paediatricians says children’s trauma is compounded when they are placed in mandatory detention. Australian Human Rights Commission/AAP

Paediatricians say mandatory detention is child abuse

More than 80% of Australian paediatricians believe mandatory detention of asylum seeker children constitutes child abuse…
Like some other viruses, HIV hides in various places in the body, including in long-lived immune cells like this one. NIAID/Flickr

End to HIV no closer as early treatment fails to cure baby

A second case of a baby who was ostensibly “cured” of HIV after early treatment has been discounted as a possible breakthrough…
Health expenditure grew by just 1.5% in the last year, compared with a decade average of 5.1%. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Health spending growth at 30-year low

Despite the Commonwealth government warning the nation’s health bill is spiralling out of control, a new report shows Australia’s…
The pest hides out in pot plants and rainwater tanks, and feeds on humans and pets. Clivid/Flickr

Aussie mozzie found in urban California

An Australian native mosquito has for the first time been detected in urban California, in the latest wave of mozzies hitching…
Allergic reactions to food have dramatically increased over the past 10 to 20 years. Dan Peled/AAP

Changes to bugs in the gut could prevent food allergies

Changing the bacteria in the gut could treat and prevent life-threatening allergies, according to research published in the…
Bacterial communities in the gut assemble within weeks of birth in distinct, patterned progressions. Flickr: bradleypjohnson

Nature, not nurture, holds key to gut bacteria

The types of bacteria that colonise an infant’s developing gut are influenced more by internal development than childbirth…
Despite screening offering gains in mortality from prostate cancer, men are more likely to die with the disease than from it. Oleh Slobodeniuk/Flickr

Study urges caution about prostate cancer screening

Prostate cancer screening could reduce deaths from the disease but it should not be routine, according to a study published…
The number of hospitalisations and deaths caused by alcohol in Australia has increased by 62% in a decade. VILevi/Shutterstock

Australia’s daily alcohol toll: 15 deaths and 430 hospitalisations

Chronic disease and injury caused by alcohol has significantly increased over a decade, causing 15 deaths and 430 hospitalisations…
Around 25-30% of obese people have no metabolic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease, or significant risk factors. WitthayaP/Shutterstock

Clue to why some people are healthy and obese

Some obese people may be able to remain metabolically healthy despite their size because their bodies produce low levels…
A more effective treatment for preventing recurrence of breast cancer has emerged. pfala

Exemestane cuts breast cancer recurrence in younger women

A more effective therapy has emerged for preventing hormone-sensitive breast cancers returning in younger women. A global…
Premature ejaculation is a distressing condition that men usually suffer in silence. Flickr:leahbeequilts

Premature ejaculation: experts arrive at a definition

Experts in sexual medicine from around the world have, for the first time, defined lifelong and acquired premature ejaculation…
Scientists have discovered that the natural environment is a major reservoir of antibiotic resistant genes. Flickr: bizjournal

Study finds widespread antibiotic resistance in nature

Resistance to commonly used antibiotics are in the genes of bacteria everywhere, researchers at the University of Lyon in…
A new oral drug could help reduce the spread of measles. Destinys Agent/Flickr

Scientists hold hope for new measles drug

A new oral antiviral drug may be a future tool in the global fight against measles, according to a new international study…