An Ebola virus as seen through an electron microscope, with added colour.
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An outbreak of the Ebola virus, which started in a rural region of Guinea in West Africa, has now spread to the nation’s capital Conakry. It now reportedly involves 122 people, of which 78 have died. Additional…
Australia’s dengue cases are usually limited to far north Queensland.
Mosquito-borne dengue virus returned to central Queensland after being absent for decades. But while most Australian cases involve travellers, this one is locally acquired.
Desperate families are increasingly turning to crowdfunding campaigns to raise tens of thousands of dollars for surgery and other medical expenses.
It is perfectly legal for a doctor working in private practice to charge what they believe is fair and reasonable. But that doesn't mean it's OK to charge tens of thousands of dollars for a procedure.
Some people choose private health insurance for shorter wait times.
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Private health insurance premiums will rise from April 1, leaving consumers wondering if they should give it up or downgrade to save money.
Children aged under two are at increased risk of meningococcal disease.
Meningococcal is a rare but very serious infection that can lead to blood poisoning and brain infection. But no single vaccine protects against all the strains.
Research has shown psychedelic drugs can have a positive effect on a range of mental health conditions, but there are side effects.
Australia is about to start its first trial of psychedelic drugs for the treatment of anxiety and depression. If the results are positive, this could transform the way we treat mental illness.
Mental illness is more common among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders than in the non-Indigenous population.
A culturally specific screening tool for depression has been successfully tested among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. This is why it's so important we start rolling it out.
The Aged Care Royal Commission is currently looking at aged care for Indigenous Australians.
As the Aged Care Royal Commission shifts its focus to aged care for Indigenous Australians, access isn't the only challenge. Often problems arise when services don't accommodate their cultural needs.
People may unknowingly bring measles back from other countries, including Europe.
We've had the measles vaccine in Australia since 1968, but a two-dose program was only introduced in 1992. And if you haven't had the second dose, you're at risk of contracting measles.
There is hyperbole in the way evidence for welfare drug testing is being presented.
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Most of the evidence drawn on by critics of the trial comes from places that have implemented such programs. So, have they worked?
Kids are exposed to junk foods often, but encouraging healthy foods at home can make a difference.
Although it's not possible for parents to completely shield their kids from screens and junk food, in the home they have a unique opportunity to establish healthy behaviours.
Concussions are common in sport, especially NFL, but few realise just how damaging a concussion is to the brain.
The link between concussion and irreversible brain injury is particularly troubling, especially given the dominance of Australia’s contact sporting culture.
Every year outbreaks of influenza in aged-care facilities create major disruption.
Alyssa L. Miller
Flu outbreaks in nursing homes can lead to pneumonia, stroke and heart attacks among elderly residents. Staff are a major potential source of infection, but only around one in five get an annual flu shot…
The recall of several milk brands due to the possible presence of E. Coli is the second milk recall to affect Victoria and New South Wales this month.
When several milk brands were recalled last week due to the presence of E. coli, people were concerned. But the recall is a sign that dairy surveillance systems are working as they should be.
Improvements in heart health accounted for more than half of the improvements in our overall health.
On the whole, we're living longer and healthier lives, thanks to advances in medical care, as well as lifestyle changes. But there are major differences in the health experiences of different groups.