Paracetamol has been found to be no more effective than a placebo for low back pain and arthritis.
Paracetamol is one of the most widely used medicines in Australia and around the world with millions of doses administered worldwide each day.
Clergymen who conceal sex abuse offences are guilty of betraying the trust vested in them.
Church cover-ups are extremely serious. Child victims are especially vulnerable and often suffer long-term psychological harm.
Nanophotonics uses photons to do amazing things.
Nanophotonics deals with photons at the nanometre scale, and it's set to transform everything from internet speeds to turning your smartphone into a portable science lab.
What’s in the Turnbull government’s first budget for cities, defence, social services, the ABC and more?
On reform, the 2016-17 budget is a holding one, with tinkering on the sides.
What does the budget hold for health care?
This is a steady-as-she goes budget, mostly just confirming pre-announcements with only the expected unpleasant decisions, such as the continuation of the Medicare rebate freeze.
A new Google tax is part of the a tax crackdown in the federal budget.
Wins for small business; significant superannuation reform; multinational tax avoidance addressed; and more.
Negative gearing has been untouched for 30 years because it increases housing supply and the stock of rental properties.
Negative gearing reform is complex and fraught, with a chequered recent history. The key to any future reform will be finding a way to equitably change it without losing its benefit.
Sachin Joab, Paula Arundell, Sophie Ross and Glenn Hazeldine in Sydney Theatre Company’s Disgraced.
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Ayad Akhtar's Disgraced explores the contemporary conflict between Islam and the West by exposing the fear and loathing lurking beneath personal relationships.
A Royal College of Physicians report has encouraged smokers to take up e-cigarettes.
A new report has found electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are much safer than smoking and has encouraged their widespread use among smokers.
Ever wondered how the small, white ibuprofen pill turns off your headache?
Have you ever wondered how the small white ibuprofen pill turns off your headache? Or how a regular antidepressant keeps your brain chemistry in balance?
Part of the final cache of more than 30,000 firearms seized under the NSW Firearms Amnesty and Handgun Buyback waiting to be destroyed.
For the first time in 20 years, Australia's national arsenal of private guns is larger than it was before the Port Arthur massacre.
Anorexia is often seen as an assertion of autonomy and control by a young woman who is engaged in a battle with her family and therapists.
Young women (and men) have been dramatically restricting their calorie intake for centuries, but not all the symptoms of modern anorexia have always been present.
‘Guns don’t kill people, (bad and mad) people kill people’ … oh really?
Former Prime Minister John Howard and all Australia’s states and territories united to introduce sweeping gun law reforms just 12 days after the then world’s worst civilian firearm massacre. When they…
As machinery demolishes houses behind them, Jakarta police evict residents from the settlement of Luar Batang in April.
The world's informal settlements are growing at an unprecedented rate, with about one in four urban dwellers living in slums. We need to rethink how we view and deal with these people and places.
They might be eating your home, but termites play a vital role in ecosystems.
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Termite damage costs Australian homes at least a billion dollars each year – but they are absolutely vital for ecosystems.
ACTU president Ged Kearney is one of the 38.5% of Australian union secretaries who is female.
Female workers are now more highly unionised than their male colleagues, but unions still have a long way to go to reflect that shift.
The 1996 National Firearms Agreement dramatically raised standards by imposing minimum requirements drawing on the best elements in the existing laws and on the recommendations of a series of expert inquiries.
After the Port Arthur massacre, Australia had the most comprehensive reform of firearm laws anywhere in the world. But a creeping complacency now jeopardises public safety.
The tragedy that unfolded 20 years ago added another layer of horror to a site already scarred by atrocity.
The 20th anniversary of the massacre at Port Arthur again raises pressing questions about ways of remembering the tragedy.
Prince singing at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
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Prince's relationships with women as expressed in his songs were complex. But by performing so lustfully, he granted everyone permission for pleasure.
No, not that kind of lime: the disease is named after a town in the US where the disease was first recognised.
The debate about Lyme disease and its presence in Australia has occupied media headlines and the minds of scientists and health professionals for over three decades.