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Medical panels are constantly lowering thresholds across many diseases, which results in more and more healthy people being diagnosed as sick. José Martín/Unsplash

How to rein in the widening disease definitions that label more healthy people as sick

More of us are labelled as sick with the constantly changing diagnostic cut-offs for diseases. Now an international expert panel has drafted a list of things to consider before setting new thresholds.
Restoring and expanding Australia’s run-down public housing stocks will need an increase in funding on top of the reforms in the budget. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Budget 2017 charts new social and affordable housing agenda

The budget is pushing for a much-needed reboot of the social housing sector. What it isn't offering is extra funding to renew and expand run-down housing stocks.
The future of the NDIS is seemingly secured in this federal budget. from shutterstock.com

Budget 2017 sees Medicare rebate freeze slowly lifted and more funding for the NDIS: experts respond

Health announcements in the federal budget include a slow lifting of the Medicare rebate freeze, money for new medicines, and an increase in the Medicare levy to fund the NDIS.
The Australian Federal Police will receive $321.4 million over four years for a range of measures. AAP/Lukas Coch

Budget 2017-18 brings welfare crackdown and increased defence and security funding: experts respond

The Conversation’s political experts react to the 2017-18 budget's key measures in the areas of welfare, foreign aid, defence spending and more.
The treasurer referred to the A$13 billion “zombie” measures the Senate has failed to pass as a “Senate tax”, in justifying the tax increases in this budget. Lukas Coch

Budget 2017: bank populism will be paid for by Australians

The budget was extraordinary in many ways. It is an abandonment of restraint on taxes by a liberal government. It is nakedly populist and it also acknowledges that government debt can be productive.
The human brain is unique in many ways including the amount of asymmetry that exists between its left and right sides (Source: Massachusetts General Hospital and Draper Labs). Wikimedia Commons

Our uniquely lopsided brain

We all know that the human brain is ridiculously large, but how many of us realise that it’s lopsided as well? It turns out that the cockeyed shape of our brains is as important to understanding human…
Migrants can no longer afford to live in the ‘gateway’ suburbs that once helped them to leave the ranks of the ‘disadvantaged’ and feel at home in their new country. Jack Wright/flickr

New to Australia? Good luck! Migrants can no longer afford ‘gateway’ suburbs

With the winding back of government support for housing, 'gateway' suburbs that have in the past accepted and supported recent immigrants are becoming increasingly unaffordable.

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