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.
Excruciating pain at the end of life is extremely rare. The evidence shows pain and other symptoms, such as fatigue, insomnia and breathing issues, actually improve as people move closer to death.
It's normal to feel a bit groggy when you wake up – parts of your brain are still asleep.
Despite efforts to address the issue, the life expectancy gap between those with and without mental illness has remained consistent over two decades. However the causes of death have changed.
Losing weight is an effective treatment for type 2 diabetes, as well as a prudent preventive measure. Beliefs that it's harder to lose weight when diabetic are unfounded.
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.
In little more than a generation and a half we have become a more caring and inclusive society.
Around 300 babies and children are diagnosed with a stroke in Australia each year. But these can be diagnosed too late with devastating and life-long consequences.
Surgical techniques for varicose veins are becoming more refined, but not all cases require surgery. Lifestyle changes can help.
The Victorian assisted dying laws are based on those in Oregon, which are quite conservative. Laws in the Netherlands, Belgium and Canada are more relaxed.
The current trend is to dispense with meat and even any animal products. What does science say about these new diets?
Opioids should only be considered in limited circumstances for low back pain.
Tantrum throwing peaks at age two, as children experience the perfect storm of not being able to express themselves verbally while simultaneously developing their sense of autonomy and independence.
Inflammation is a sign your immune system is doing its job.
Supplying Viagra over the counter in Australia could reduce the dangers to men using counterfeit drugs.
Spontaneous mirror writing by both left- and right-handed children has long remained a mystery. Recent studies of brain processing and writing have led to an unexpected explanation.
Instead of trying to help people with disability overcome their limitations, we should be harnessing their strengths in the workplace. This will improve their health and mental well-being.
For the first time, some Australian women will be eligible to collect their own sample for cervical screening. While it's not as accurate as one from a GP or nurse, it could still save your life.
Some people believe different drinks make them feel differently. But the effect alcohol has on your mood depends on factors like where you are drinking it and how you're feeling at the time.
There are many people who are astonished to discover that their complete lack of ability to picture visual imagery is different from the norm.
Here are five articles in The Conversation's coverage leading up to the passing of Victoria's assisted dying bill.
Withdrawing funding for hospital errors might reduce costs, but won't remove the causes of errors.
An injecting centre provides the setting and the possibility for a new type of connection with drug users.
Don Burke: the statements you made are false, and they have an impact far beyond your own circumstance.
Australians with lower incomes are dying sooner from potentially preventable diseases than their wealthier counterparts, according to our new report.
Some argue the current system of subsidising drugs in Australia needs changing to accommodate new cancer therapies. But two recent drug listings show the current system is working perfectly well.
Complementary medicines are increasingly invoking traditional use when the science does not add up. Horseradish and garlic products provide a good example.
See if you can get your head around this.
Folk medicine has favoured apple cider vinegar for centuries and many claims are made for its supposed benefits. But what does the science say?
This smoking cessation tablet has been linked to suicides, so why is it still publicly subsidised?