We’ve all heard BMI has shortcomings, so what scale should we use to predict our optimum weight?
Public health authorities are forever telling us how much we should weigh, but there is one essential element missing: shape.
There has been a rapid expansion of the tasks now carried out on a daily basis around Australia by private security personnel.
The legal status of private security staff is, for the most part, decidedly uncertain.
Our friends influence us to be healthier – or, more likely, unhealthier.
Think about your five closest friends. What do they care about? You should choose your friends wisely, because they can have a big influence on your health.
Australia has more police relative to population than ever before and they are a costly form of crime prevention.
Police are important, but not sufficient, in the crime-reduction effort. I have enormous faith in their abilities, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we need more of them.
Pets are under-rated and under-researched in their positive effects on our health.
Flickr/ US Pacific Fleet
Pets have been shown to have positive effects for physical health for some time, so why don't we take them more seriously?
Et soudain, éperdue de douleur, son coeur se rompit et elle mourut… Le syndrome du coeur brisé n’est pas réservé aux romans mélodramatiques. Le Takotsubo est bel et bien une pathologie cardiaque.
Broken heart syndrome is a real thing.
Dying of a broken heart is more than a myth. Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy, also known as Broken Heart Syndrome, was first recognised by Japanese researchers over 20 years ago.
Pain doesn’t originate at the site as most think, it’s created by the brain so we protect the area that’s in danger.
Pain scientists are reasonably agreed that pain is an unpleasant feeling in our body that makes us want to stop and change our behaviour.
While women can benefit from a brisk walk, men really have to work up a sweat.
Men and women have to exercise different amounts to get the same stroke-preventing benefits.
Gabriel Kenny, aged five, gets to grips with Mandarin characters as part of a US school program.
There is a new potential coloniser on South Africa's linguistic block. From 2016, Mandarin will be taught in schools – and this will see African languages bumped even further down the pecking order.
Dam useful: what have beavers done for you lately?
Listing the value of bees, beavers and others on the pages of the world's financial press helps to show that ecosystems deliver benefits worth staggering amounts of money - yet we scarcely keep track of it.
Australians may not understand how to be innovative, but they definitely want to be.
There are some simple steps government, company leaders and venture capitalists can make to help pivot Australia's economy.
There are still barriers to overcome to keep more women in science.
What is it like to be a woman working in the sciences? While there are hurdles to overcome, there are joys as well. The new SAGE initiative hopes to make STEM even more amenable to women.
Many runners opt for expensive footwear - but are they worth it?
Since avoiding injuries is a priority for runners, many end up buying expensive footwear for their purported safety features. But do the promises made by global footwear companies stack up?
Workplaces should try to eliminate situations where bullying can occur, rather than put responsibility on workers to behave nicely.
Like cancer, bullying will affect a majority of employees during their working lives, as a victim, witness, or perhaps as the alleged bully. And like cancer, there's no silver bullet to cure bullying.
Off-label use is when an approved medicine is prescribed for a different reason, at a different dose, or in different patient groups than originally intended.
The off-label use of medicines is not illegal and it doesn't mean regulators have specifically "disapproved" its use. But there are a number of issues to consider before using a medicine off-label.
‘I once asked Terry why he hadn’t killed off a particular character. He looked at me askance.’
EPA/Alessandro Della Bella
'I knew and counted Terry among my friends, and I watched Alzheimer’s slowly and insidiously strip him of attributes and faculty.' So what can we make of his final Discworld novel, published posthumously?
Should parents be allowed to select the sex of their child through IVF when there’s no compelling medical reason to do so?
The National Health and Medical Research Council call for public submissions on whether sex selection should be allowed without a medical reason recognises changing social attitudes.
We’re more likely to recall memories and information we’ve used frequently rather than those obtained at a particular age.
People with dementia judge the passage of time differently, and can access remote memories from many decades ago while being unable to remember events of the past few hours.
Detecting viruses in wild-caught mosquitoes provides intimate detail of disease transmission cycles.
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We monitor mosquitoes to help predict and control virus outbreaks. And a new technique for collecting mosquito saliva from the field has made the process both more sensitive and inexpensive.