Saliva testing is less sensitive than a nasal swab. But in the midst of a public health crisis, in some cases a test with slightly reduced sensitivity may be better than no test at all.
We found less than half of all eligible foods carried health star ratings, and those that did were skewed towards foods with higher ratings. It's time to make ratings mandatory.
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Australia's island identity and attitude to border security was forged from handling pandemics since the time of federation. Here's what we've learned along the way.
It's excellent this virus has been found early, but there is no evidence yet of human-to-human transmission.
Either the state government's measures will wrest back control of the outbreak, or unbridled community transmission could mean infection rates get totally out of control.
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The new Community Pharmacy Agreement will make it easier for Australia's pharmacists to spend time providing expert health advice to customers rather than focusing on retail revenues.
The Victorian spike serves as a reminder that we are still very much in a pandemic. We need to come to terms with the fact we will need follow the basics of infection control for some time.
Over the first year of voluntary assisted dying in Victoria, about 400 people applied to access the laws to end their lives. There are lingering issues, but the system is workable.
Tried to avoid coronavirus news in recent months? Here's what you've missed while you've been away.
From 2021, Australians will no longer be able to buy nicotine-containing e-fluids, without both a prescription and someone licensed to import it for them, raising fears many will go back to smoking.
New Zealand will hold the world’s first national referendum on legalising recreational use of cannabis in September. It must learn from mistakes in implementing earlier drug law reforms.
Not all government coronavirus health advice is reaching people who speak a language other than English. That's about one in five households.
If a return to the office is on the cards, both employers and employees have a role to play in minimising the risk of COVID-19 spread.
A century ago, Australians were battling another pandemic, tuberculosis, with public health measures many will find familiar today.
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Australian Bureau of Statistics figures suggest there have been more than 800 'excess deaths' in Australia in January-March 2020, relative to the average, but only 103 confirmed COVID-19 deaths so far.
Our new research suggests the COVID-19 pandemic has meant people are using illicit drugs less. But decreased use can mean higher risk of overdoses.
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Having longer top eyelashes can enhance our ability to express our feelings and communicate with others. But the most significant reason we have them is to protect our eyes.
Recent cases among school children has prompted some to wonder: should we close schools again? The short answer is: no.
It's much more likely your child's symptoms are caused by a common respiratory virus than COVID-19. But it's important to follow testing guidelines and keep them home if they're unwell.
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Even in hospitals, where hand hygiene is vital, staff don't always remember to wash their hands. What hope is there for the rest of us? Thankfully, research on handwashing behaviours has some answers.
A major review of New Zealand's health system points to systemic racism as a reason for disparities in health outcomes for Māori. But it was split on the role a proposed new Māori agency should play.
A mass grave in Manaus, Brazil. The country now has the second-most coronavirus cases and deaths in the world.
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While those of us from Australia and New Zealand might be starting to relax as restrictions ease, the pandemic is actually growing at an increasing rate worldwide.
An intriguing link could help us understand why men are at higher risk from COVID-19 than women. It also might pave the way for a potential treatment.
Over the past week, we've seen more than 100 new cases of coronavirus in Victoria. What's going on?
Since March, when Medicare-funded phone and video consultations with doctors and other health workers were made available to all Australians, millions of appointments have been delivered remotely.