Thought by many to be caused by alcohol, a skin condition is actually to blame for bulbous red noses seen on elderly men.
Painting by Domenico Ghirlandio, Wikimedia Commons
Many people will have seen a middle-aged or elderly man with an abnormally big red nose. Most think of it as synonymous with alcoholism, however it's a real condition that is not caused by alcohol.
We could be doing much more to prevent heart attacks.
Fewer than half of Australians who have had a heart attack take blood pressure and cholesterol-lowering drugs to prevent them having another one.
Queensland’s laws targeting bikies are set to be replaced with more workable ones.
A report by a taskforce reviewing Queensland's anti-bikie laws is a step in the right direction for dealing with organised crime as a whole, rather than just focusing on one small sub-group.
Expanding the definitions of disease can cause a cascade of overtesting and overtreatment.
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The creation of new “pre-conditions” is turning millions of people into patients across the globe.
Victoria Police had reportedly warned Joseph Acquaro, who was gunned down in Brunswick this week, that he was a target of mafia groups.
Exactly what role does the mafia play in organised crime? And should Australian law enforcement agencies reassess their priorities?
Among the 61 recommendations is: ‘Don’t order chest x-rays in patients with uncomplicated acute bronchitis’.
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Harm doesn’t just come in the form of side-effects or further testing. The "cons" of any treatment also include the costs, which can be financial, emotional, and the costs of the individual’s time.
Consorting laws have been introduced under the pretext of combating organised crime – including that committed by bikie gangs.
Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia have introduced restrictive "consorting" laws. But are the laws justified? Are they an efficient and effective way to combat organised crime?
Attempts to disrupt the supply of ice have helped reveal the nature of the problem in Australia.
To tackle the ice problem, the government must learn from experience and avoid adopting a blinkered law enforcement approach.
« Les antibiotiques, ce n’est pas automatique », proclame une campagne institutionnelle. Mais le public, et même les médecins, ont encore du mal à se sentir concernés.
Doctors and patients are aware of the problem – they just don’t see themselves as responsible for it.
Bacteria become problematic when an infection occurs and antibiotics that would have treated the infection are no longer effective.
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?