The obesity epidemic, the flu epidemic, the opioid epidemic... in the 21st century, everything seems to be an "epidemic". But what does the term actually mean?
Humans are much worse at guessing risk than we think we are. Now there is an app designed to help us avoid rushing toward an early grave.
Infectious diseases pose a continual threat to Canadians. Ensuring the population stays healthy requires increasing investment in our public health system.
A staggering 70 per cent of female inmates are back in prison within two years of their release. Basic health and dental care could help change this, according to new research.
Physical activity is considered an important way to lower risk for breast cancer. But what if your ability to be fit is influenced by genes you inherit? Would that raise your risk? In rats, it did.
Although genomics research has the potential to revolutionize medicine, it has limitations. It may not do much to prevent many of the leading causes of death.
A collaboration of Australia's leading scientists, clinicians and health organisations announce ten priority policy actions needed for Australia to reach its health targets by the year 2025.
Business Briefing: treat the cause not the symptoms of problems with private health insurance
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If customers are questioning the value of private health insurance its because of the way the system is distorted by government incentives.
Marketers take advantage of the fact that children sometimes can't recognise the difference between product placement and advertising.
Almost three in four Australian children consume too much sugar, 91.5% of young people don't get enough exercise, and we're among the most obese people in the world.
The government's focus on treating chronic disease neglects the importance of obesity and the benefits of preventive health measures tailored to gender and socioeconomic circumstances.
Patients with chronic illness need support and encouragement to take their medications. SMS messaging is a simple, cheap and seemingly effective way to keep them on track.
Better primary care could have prevented more than a quarter-of-a-million hospital admissions for health problems such as diabetes each year.
Over-65s use twice as many health resources as the average Australian. But it's worth the expense.
Federal health minister, Sussan Ley, said that one in two Australians is now suffering from a chronic disease. Is that right?
Saying someone has epilepsy is a little like saying they're ill. Its cause can vary from a brain tumour to an inherited genetic condition, the consequence of injury or a disorder affecting the brain.
Economic modelling shows that policies to reduce chronic diseases can have large economic benefits –A$4.5 billion a year for diabetes alone – by reducing health costs and boosting the workforce.
Any health reform proposals should start by addressing public hospitals and chronic care. But successful change in these areas requires getting the state-Commonwealth funding and incentives right.
Have you ever wondered what those food additive numbers included in the ingredients list on your food packing were really doing to your body?
Abbott's claim that people in remote communities are making a "lifestyle choice" reveals an underlying view that social circumstances are the responsibility of individuals, rather than societies.