We know blood is vital for life, do we know why? Illuminations: Blood Equality by Jordan Eagles (USA) Image credit: David Meanix and courtesy of artist as part of Science Gallery Melbourne’s BLOOD exhibition

Essays on blood: Why do we actually have it?

Everything you never knew about the red stuff in your veins.
The health benefits of being close to nature are well established. priscilla du preez/Unsplash

Why apartment dwellers need indoor plants

Health benefits of being close to nature are well established, but the rise of apartment living means we can't always be close to greenery.
Many suffer from heart disease despite the fact they don’t smoke, have healthy diets, and are of a healthy weight. Tim Marshall/Unsplash

How our immune system causes heart disease

Many people die of heart disease who don't fit into the traditional risk factors. We're learning the immune system can be to blame.
Most important for now is that we look after pregnant women experiencing depression. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Antidepressants and pregnancy: Study on autism

A new paper published today has reported a small increase in the number of children born with autism from mothers who were using antidepressant medication while pregnant.
A malaria vaccine will be piloted in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi to assess its suitability. Siegfried Modola/Reuters.

A promising new vaccine for malaria

Stronger malaria prevention like a vaccine is urgently needed for effective response in endemic regions.
Plant-based diets have been found to be far more beneficial for our health. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Why you should eat a plant-based diet

A survey of Australians found most (70%) thought that a plant-based diet would prevent disease. But what does the literature say? And is meat really bad that for you?
New World Health Organisation Director-General De Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Reuters/Denis Balibouse

African academics on how WHO’s Dr Tedros can tackle health

How will the World Health Organisation's Director-General Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus deal with the mounting challenges? Africa's academics have some tips.
Dozens of studies and numerous reviews have demonstrated the safety of vaccines. (Shutterstock)

Public health at risk when opinion trumps evidence

In an era when opinion often trumps evidence in public health issues, it's time to support and invest in evidence-based medicine to protect the public from dangerous, poorly informed beliefs.
Trolls tend to downplay the impact of their abusive online behaviour on their victims and seem to relish the mayhem they cause. Let’s use this to help them lift their game. from www.shutterstock.com

How empathy can make or break a troll

Trolls tend to know the impact they'll have, but don't seem to care. So, how do we use our new findings to help stop this seemingly pointless, harmful behaviour?

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