Early detection of disease can be a double-edged sword.
The threshold for diagnosing common conditions such as high blood pressure, chronic kidney disease and gestational diabetes have all lowered in recent years. But for whose benefit?
Most baby clothes, toys, bedding and furniture are treated with flame-retardant chemicals.
Brief exposure to a family of chemicals used as flame retardants early in life can permanently alter fat levels in the blood and liver, raising the risk of liver cancer and heart disease.
It doesn’t look like a kidney, but this ‘kidney-on-a-chip’ is a breakthrough for new drug testing.
Researchers who've created a kidney-on-a-chip explain why these kinds of devices are an improvement over traditional ways to test new drugs.
While death rates from heart and kidney disease have dropped among Indigenous people, death rates from cancer are on the rise.
Politicians make sweeping statements on how to close the gap. But here's advice from people working directly with Indigenous communities who have evidence for what actually works.
Impetigo happens when itching causes the skin to break and let in disease-causing bacteria.
While school sores – or impetigo – is a treatable condition, if left untreated it can lead to much more serious illness such as kidney and heart disease.
In Africa, many patients with kidney failure either incur catastrophic out of pocket medical bills or die.
Chronic kidney disease is a global problem with about 10% of the world's population suffering from the disease.
If you have high blood pressure, smoke or have diabetes, you’re at risk of chronic kidney disease.
The number of Australians with chronic kidney disease is set to rise, but there's no cure for most people. Here's what you need to know about this silent killer.
Methylprednisolone, the corticosteroid that’s used to treat serious asthma attacks, works by reducing inflammation.
A trial of methylprednisolone in kidney patients was halted recently because of safety concerns. But this doesn't affect people taking the drug for asthma, arthritis or other inflammatory conditions.
You’ve probably had your blood pressure measured using the “cuff method”. But how accurate was the reading?
A blood pressure test can say a lot about your health, but new research says not all readings are correct.
People undergoing dialysis would have a better quality of life if they had a kidney transplant.
Many patients with end stage kidney disease would live longer and have a better quality of life with a kidney transplant compared to staying on dialysis.
Overworking a muscle can have serious consequences for our health.
A condition where our muscles break down and leak into the bloodstream is usually caused by trauma. But high-intensity resistance training, like Crossfit, means it's on the rise.
Rugby legend Jonah Lomu had a rare kidney disorder.
All Blacks legend, Jonah Lomu, suffered from nephrotic syndrome for most of his adult life. Here is what we know about the rare condition.
Image of a mini-kidney formed in a dish from human induced pluripotent stem cells.
The ability to grow new kidneys from stem cells might transform our treatment for kidney disease.
Hard going and not for everyone.
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Palliative care is a choice and for some the preferable option.
Kidneys are a feature-packed, highly efficient filtration and waste elimination system.
Rather innocuous-looking and tucked away below the ribcage, kidneys are crucial for keeping us alive and well.
New therapies for Chronic Kidney Disease could be developed sooner by using a different definition for kidney disease during…
Genes that cause kidney disease also regulate the growth of the lymphatic system, one of the key ways cancer spreads throughout…
Despite a high global prevalence and inequities in treatment, kidney disease is not given priority in international health plans.
One in nine Australians over the age of 25 (that’s 1.7 million people) has chronic kidney disease. That’s more than the number living with chronic lung disease, stroke, heart failure, and all types of…
Older Aboriginal Australians are more than 15 times more likely to die of kidney disease than non-Aboriginal Australians.
The recent death of the lead singer of Yothu Yindi, is a high-profile example of an event all too common in Aboriginal Australia. Older Aboriginal Australians (40 to 60 years old) are more than 15 times…
New understanding about the role of leukocytes, or white blood cells, through the kidneys will mean better targeted treatments…