False assumptions about the “average worker” impacts on decisions about childcare, paid parental leave and aged care funding.
False economic assumptions beset the federal budget and that should worry both political parties.
Rare cancers are those where the incidence is less than six cases per 100,000 people.
Should new understandings of how cancers develop and could be targeted mean we should change the way the scheme registers cancer drugs?
The Cu Chi tunnels may be the most popular of the ‘war tourism’ attractions in Vietnam.
Might the rise of heritage tourism and the increasing ease of international travel lead to more of Australia’s military experiences overseas being better understood?
The size and pace of activity in Tokyo can be overwhelming, but at the human scale the city has an incredibly rich layering of experiences built over generations.
The concept of living heritage can help us make decisions that go beyond preserving historical facades to protect and add to, rather than freeze, the stories and layers of the past.
Tanya Monro (left), Emma Johnston (centre) and Nalini Joshi (right) at the National Press Club.
National Press Club of Australia
If we want a genuine ideas boom in Australia, then we need to remove the barriers preventing women from reaching the highest levels in science.
The long and the short of it is: it sucks to be short if you’re a man.
Spurned by women, more likely to end up in jail, doomed to earn less, destined to languish in poorly paid jobs, plagued by feelings of inferiority and coming up short where coming up matters most...
Les enfants qui vont au lit le ventre vide risquent de souffrir de troubles mentaux.
En Australie et ailleurs dans le monde, la malnutrition a des conséquences psychologiques et comportementales sur les enfants.
Un idéal de beauté qui varie.
Sophie & Cie/Flickr
Connaissez-vous l’index du sablier ? Il mesure la plénitude des formes du corps féminin, taille de guêpe et généreux postérieur. Ainsi définie, l’image du corps idéal n’en est pas moins variable.
Most people know sleep is important. But few know a lack of it can put us at greater risk of heart disease and obesity.
Not getting enough quality sleep can have significant implications for health.
Don’t know much about the clitoris? It’s probably not your fault.
Did you know the clitoris is a large and complex organ? If not, it’s probably not your fault: in anatomical textbooks, few words and diagrams are devoted to understanding the clitoris.
Discworld is a wildly inventive literary creation that sprawls over dozens of books.
This Saturday it will be a year since Alzheimer's stole Terry Pratchett from the world. We mark the occasion with a beginner's guide to his most enduring creation, the 41-book Discworld series.
Relative risk is your risk compared to that of someone else.
Relative risk is the risk one group of people has of developing a cancer compared to the risk of another group.
Children who go to bed hungry are likely to experience mental health problems.
One in six children in Australia report going to bed hungry – these children are more likely to have mental health problems and be bullied regularly.
Turns out any screen will do.
Omar Jordan Fawahl/Flickr
It isn't the size of the screen, but how big it appears on the retina.
We’d all like to have a different, or at least improved, body. But why do we want the body we want?
A 2011 British survey found 12% of women would give up two to ten years of their lives just to be their ideal weight. So what makes an ideal body, and why do we want one so badly?
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?