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The evidence so far suggests off-label prescribing for insomnia places users at unnecessary risk of harm. Flavio Ronco/Flickr

Explainer: what is Seroquel and should you take it for insomnia?

Quetiapine, sold under the brand name Seroquel, is a short-acting antipsychotic drug to treat major mental illnesses. It has also been increasingly prescribed off-label for insomnia.
Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to treat cancer. It is often paired with surgery, radiotherapy and immunotherapy in a cancer treatment plan. From Shutterstock,

Explainer: what is chemotherapy and how does it work?

Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to treat cancer. It is often paired with surgery, radiotherapy and immunotherapy in a cancer treatment plan.
People with delirium may hallucinate. from shutterstock.com

Explainer: what is delirium and is it dangerous?

Delirium is a neurological (nervous system) condition where a person becomes suddenly confused. Around one in five elderly people in hospital suffer from delirium.
We don’t tend to realise it, but there are complex processes happening in our body at all times just to keep us upright. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Explainer: how do our bodies balance themselves?

The fact we are almost totally unaware of this elegant reflex is evidence of the superb, undercover work the balance system does for us.
An epidural takes up to 45 minutes to work, so if the baby’s coming it could be too late. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Explainer: what is an epidural for labour?

Epidurals were developed for pregnant women to address the severe pain of labour. In Australia approximately one in three pregnant women in labour has an epidural for pain relief.
Cataracts are one of the leading causes of visual impairment globally. Rakesh Ahuja, MD/Wikimedia Commons

Explainer: what are cataracts?

More than a million Australians have an untreated cataract and hundreds of cataract surgeries are performed daily, but what are they?
In some people AMD progresses so slowly that people do not notice the change in their vision. Ken Wu/Unsplash

Explainer: what is age-related macular degeneration?

Macular degeneration affects the part of the eye that allows you to see fine detail. Age-related macular degeneration is the main cause of blindness in Australia.
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.
It’s difficult to sleep when your legs are tap dancing under the sheets. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Explainer: what is restless leg syndrome?

Restless leg syndrome is a common affliction characterised by uncomfortable feelings in the legs accompanied by an irresistible urge to move the legs to relieve the sensations.
Sleep problems can also create a loop of mental illness. Alyssa L. Miller/Flickr

Explainer: what’s the link between insomnia and mental illness?

The relationship between insomnia and mental illness is bidirectional: about 50% of adults with insomnia have a mental health problem; up to 90% of adults with depression have sleep problems.
Birthmarks are not scuff marks caused by the physical process of birth. Ben Crowe/Flickr

Explainer: what are birthmarks and why do we get them?

Birthmark is the term used to describe common skin marks that are present at birth or appear soon afterwards. It doesn't mean they were caused by the physical process of birth.
It’s important to remember the symptoms of a panic attack are “just” caused by anxiety and are not life-threatening. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Explainer: what are panic attacks and what’s happening when we have them?

A panic attack is a sudden, intense feeling of fear or discomfort. For some people, a panic attack can come out of nowhere, like a sudden thunderstorm from a clear blue sky.
One in three adults have smoked pot at some point in their lives. Philippa Willitts/Flickr

Does cannabis cause mental illness?

The potential harms associated with using cannabis depend, above all others, on two things: the age at which you first begin to use cannabis and the frequency, dose and duration of use.

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