GPs have increased their test ordering by more than 50%. Imaging for back pain is one of the key culprits.
The evidence suggests too much medicine is doing us harm, particularly when treating knee pain, back pain, chest pain and screening for prostate cancer.
The Turnbull government’s package of measures to respond to domestic violence is a step in the right direction, but much more needs to be done.
Australia needs to treat and respond to domestic violence as a serious crime threat with risk mitigation and crime management strategies.
Smaller portion sizes can help decrease food intake, but multipack options don’t.
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While a single, smaller portion leads people to eat less, having multiple smaller portions on offer appears to lead some people - notably the diet-conscious - to eat more.
Uber is popular. But is it ‘no safer than hitchhiking’?
The NSW Taxi Council says ridesharing platforms like uberX are no safer than hitchhiking. Is that supported by the evidence?
Biomedical science has made our lives immeasurably better, but it’s time to accept that too much medicine can be as harmful as too little.
By forgetting that medicine postpones death rather than saving lives, we persuade ourselves it might somehow keep extending our life and come to view death as a failure of medicine.
There are over 1.5 million Apps available on iTunes, and 1.6 million for Android.
Apps have been with us for less than 10 years, but have changed the way we use our phones.
The Australian policing response to bikie gangs is one–dimensional, with an enforcement focus placed above all else.
How can we judge success in Australia's crackdown on bikie gang? And what lessons can we take away from this type of law enforcement campaign?
Video games are no longer the domain of the young alone.
Video games aren't only for kids. A new report shows that older Australians are embracing games, for a variety of reasons.
The tentacles of the Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta have spread from this Italian town, San Luca, to all across the world.
What actually is the mafia? How does it operate? And what kind of criminal threat does it pose, in Australia and around the world?
The law enforcement response to online harassment needs to be modernised to meet the changing technological environment.
Is revenge porn just one example of technology intersecting with sexual and domestic violence? What legal efforts have been made to combat it?
Facebook has taken its facial recognition application to a new level.
Facebook Moments adds a new level of complexity to the issue of user consent.
Are authorities too focused on the usual suspects and missing the new and emerging markets in organised crime?
Today's organised crime occurs through loose and undefined networks made up of criminal entrepreneurs and freelancers with little concern for group branding or loyalty.
Bottles of anabolic steroids seized in a 2014 raid in New South Wales.
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Two new reports reveal that Australia is catching fewer steroid shipments at our borders – yet the number of national steroid seizures and arrests have risen to record highs.
An independent UK inquiry estimated that perhaps one in five of the cancers detected via breast cancer screening are overdiagnosed.
Researchers have been talking about the dangers of overdiagnosis for some time. But now a national survey shows most people aren't told about the risk it poses to their health – and they want to know.
Acute non-specific low back pain is a very common problem that usually gets better without any treatment.
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Not so long ago, getting an x-ray for acute back pain was the norm. And they are still used far more frequently than is necessary.
Senior Queensland Police at the 2014 launch of the Stay on Track Outback road safety project, sponsored by Santos, Izuzu and others.
Queensland Police Service
The Queensland Police will now disclose all sponsorships, after a backlash over almost A$700,000 in unnamed donations. But what are the lessons from elsewhere about police and corporate donors?
The Dallas Buyers Club ruling is a further attack on online privacy.
The Dallas Buyers Club court ruling has serious implications for online privacy.
Methylamphetamine, in particular crystal meth or ‘ice’, has been the subject of much scrutiny in Australia in recent times.
How does the ACC report help inform the debate around methylamphetamine, and what practical lessons can Australian society and law enforcement draw from it?
Revenge porn is a serious breach of privacy, but social media sites and the law are starting to crack down.
Social media companies and the law are both beginning to seriously combat revenge porn.
2015 Australian of the Year Rosie Batty has helped highlight the prevalence of domestic violence in the community.
Domestic violence has been an agenda item for some time. It is not something that society, nor governments, have recently discovered.