Apartheid sought to divide blacks and whites in all spheres of life.
The rhetoric of racial purity is full of suggestive terms like illness, weakening and dilution. These imply the medicalisation of the nation.
You are what you eat.
The world looks to the WHO for all health-related matters – but it is only part of the picture.
Black-headed flying fox (right) among a grey-headed colony.
Bats can carry some of the deadliest diseases known to affect humans and yet they don't seem to get sick. So what can we learn from a bat's immune system?
The collapse of Syria's health system is helping spread leishmaniasis but not in the way some media outlets have reported.
Viruses are not all bad. In fact, many ecosystems would not function without them.
The word "virus" strikes terror into the hearts of most people. But most viruses are actually vital to our very existence.
Koalas are again in the firing line. But should diseased animals be culled for the greater good?
Research has shown that culling koalas could help stop the spread of deadly chlamydia. But how open will Australians be to killing one our favourite animals?
A Scottish nurse who was "cured" from Ebola is now back in serious condition after the virus appeared to have re-emerged.
BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations prompted Angelina Jolie to have a preventative double mastectomy and surgery to remove both ovaries.
What if you could take a simple test to reveal your individual risk of developing a range of cancers and hundreds of other diseases?
Eradicating TB across the globe by 2035, as the World Health Organisation hopes to do, will only take place if the global funding and will improves.
More than 1.5 million people die of tuberculosis across the world every year. Although testing and screening has improved and more drugs are available, it is not enough to conquer the scourge.
Buffalo are the main wildlife carriers of Bovine TB, a disease that poses a threat not only to animals but also to humans.
People living in close proximity to animals infected with Bovine TB are at a risk of contracting the disease through drinking their milk and eating their meat.
Participants and guests at a Walk for Breast Cancer decked out in pink.
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Awareness efforts can focus public attention and help scientists raise funds for research. But the impact on eradicating the disease itself and helping patients today is much less clear.
If you’re born underweight, like this little baby on the left, it can make a world of difference to your lifelong health.
Tony Abbott is spending this week in North-East Arnhem Land, part of his long-held hope “to be not just the Prime Minister but the Prime Minister for Aboriginal Affairs”. We asked our experts: what stories…
Scientists have revealed the structure of human-like proteins produced by viruses to fool our immune system. Researchers…
The first systematic international review of childhood vaccinations has found no evidence of a link between vaccinations…
Alternative treatments for a fungal infection that has been decimating amphibian populations worldwide have been identified…
Researchers in the UK have created an atlas of genetic associations with metabolic molecules, providing new insights into…
The more the merrier.
Trillions of microbes live in and on our body. We don’t yet fully understand how these microbial ecosystems develop or the full extent to which they influence our health. Some provide essential nutrients…
Even bacteria get sick.
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Bacterial diseases cause millions of deaths every year. Most of these bacteria were benign at some point in their evolutionary…
Researchers have successfully reversed one of the effects of ageing in animals, and could be used to treat human diseases…
A new nanoparticle that can be taken orally has been developed, making injections of particles no longer necessary. Nanoparticles…