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More comfortable than they look, the lens will monitor wearers' tears. More comfortable than they look, the lens will monitor wearers' tears. Google

Google’s glucose contact lenses could transform diabetes care

Google has teamed up with researchers at the University of Washington to create a contact lens that can measure blood glucose levels in a person’s tears and display the reading on their mobile phone. If…
Some registered professions are being excluded from rebates for services they can provide. Some registered professions are being excluded from rebates for services they can provide. Image from shutterstock.com

Private health insurance rebates restrict consumer choice

The pre-Christmas announcement that private health insurance premiums will rise by an average of 6.2% in 2014 has raised concerns about affordability. But while consumers aren’t expected to drop their…
The poor suffer the greatest burden of disease but are less able to deal with the costs. The poor suffer the greatest burden of disease but are less able to deal with the costs. Brooks Elliott

Next steps in health care reform

Australia is facing an epidemic of chronic lifestyle-related diseases, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and chronic lung disease. We have many treatments for these that aren’t necessarily…
Victorian nurses have been clashing with the Victorian government for months. Victorian nurses have been clashing with the Victorian government for months. AAP/Joe Castro

Nurses' dispute with Baillieu highlights pressure on Australia’s ailing healthcare system

The dispute between the Australian Nursing Federation and Victoria’s Baillieu government is expected to be resolved today. Nurses ceased industrial action two weeks ago. For the Victorian community it…
Electronic tools can help advance research into rare diseases through creating virtual registries. Electronic tools can help advance research into rare diseases through creating virtual registries. Gautheron

Move over Dr Google, the future of health is social

Pretty soon, not being involved in social media will be just as implausible as not having a telephone. If my 80-year-old dad is on Facebook and women over 55 are the fastest growing demographic on the…
Proponents of participation argue that there’s an inherent value in democratising health care. Proponents of participation argue that there’s an inherent value in democratising health care. acampadagirona/Flickr

People power: is the health-care industry becoming more democratic?

The rhetoric of participation has long been the mainstay of modern health policy. But to what extent are efforts to give people a voice in health-care policy successful, or even appropriate? The idea of…
Peer recommendations are credible because they are unrewarded and unpaid. Peer recommendations are credible because they are unrewarded and unpaid. fb a o/Flickr

Mamas know best: women with children trust peer endorsements over marketing

Research shows mothers prefer advice from their peers about health-care providers and medication. Such referrals are more trusted than practitioners or the paid marketing messages about health-care products…

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