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A mobile phone is not a medical device – so don’t believe apps that say they are. Jason Howie/Flickr

How to pick the good from the bad smartphone health apps

With an estimated 100,000 health and fitness apps available, it seems there is an app for everything – from tracking your bowel movements to practising your pimple-popping technique.
It takes time for a human to become good at diagnosing ailments, but that learning is lost when they retire. Shutterstock/Poprotskiy Alexey

Digital diagnosis: intelligent machines do a better job than humans

Humans can only do so much when it comes to diagnosing what's wrong with a patient. So why not let machines take over? They learn faster than humans and never retire.
Overall cancer deaths continue to fall, but some cancers are being left behind. woman with cancer, from

Promising prognosis as cancer deaths continue to fall

The rate of Australians dying from cancer is on a steady, downhill trajectory, thanks to powerful advances made in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease.
Robin Williams died at the age of 63. Claudio Onorati/EPA

Comparing depression to cancer doesn’t help anyone

Robin Williams’s suicide has led many to open up about depression in an effort to raise awareness about how many people are living in misery. One of the most common themes in this public discussion has…

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