Uncertainty is an unavoidable part of life but for many people, it triggers harmful levels of stress. The good news is that there are a number of things you can do to handle uncertainty better.
Jolie Pitt has announced more surgery, this time to mitigate her risk of developing ovarian cancer. But this should ideally not have the same "Jolie effect" as her last operation.
This exaggerated focus on food can be seen today in some people who follow movements such as "raw", "clean" and "paleo" eating.
Many places around the world now allow gay and lesbian marriages, but 'treating' homosexuality remains politicised.
It’s that time of year again when scientists and doctors make predictions about the impending flu season and we must decide whether to go out and get the flu vaccine.
Sleep is vital for good health but more may not always be better for everyone. In fact, a growing body of research shows that it may increase your risk of early mortality.
The Victorian government is calling on other state governments to join it in banning powdered alcohol, which was recently approved for marketing and sale in the US.
What happens when you bring a state health minister face-to-face with her two main challengers, fronting a roomful of health experts, without any TV cameras to leap on any "gaffes" or stumbles?
Personality disorders have been richly illustrated by filmmakers. Think of attention-seeking Scarlett in Gone with the Wind. Or the villains in Silence of the Lambs and The Talented Mr. Ripley.
The who, how, and what of sex-based laboratory studies may all be a little problematic, so can we generalise from their findings?
With GPs facing greater economic pressure and the health minister considering legislative change to make it easier for GP to charge them, GP co-payments, like Lazarus, may rise again from the dead.
The French government is backing parliamentary plans to ban unhealthily thin models from catwalks, but do the bodies of these models really affect women's self-image?
While many of these devices, especially e-readers, seem harmless enough, the light they emit may affect our sleep patterns and leave us feeling tired the next day.
The death of a 23-year-old boxer has prompted a call by the Queensland branch of the Australian Medical Association for the sport to be banned in Australia.
Any public health assessment of Vanuatu should include the identification of immediate needs and associated risks, as well as put in plans for mitigating future natural disasters.
We need to support those who are subjected to family violence – mostly women and children – and this must remain our priority. But we must also intervene at the source of the problem.
As well as being responsible for a large share of total costs, people who visit the GP more often are more likely to live in the most disadvantaged areas, and to report being in poor health.
Nutrition celebrities often promote strict diets that eliminate entire food groups. Not only are they based on flimsy evidence, some of their advice can lead to serious harm.
The leading cause of death in the world are a group of illnesses known as non-commmunicable diseases. But a growing body of evidence shows they're actually social contagions.
Animal welfare and environmental sustainability are important ethical issues but Australian supermarkets don't do much about them. Germany's Aldi Süd chain could teach them a thing or two.
You may not have heard the term "street harassment", but if you're a woman in Australia, you've probably experienced it: whistles, stares, comments by strangers in the street.
Most of us find our first "greys" by the time we turn 30, usually at the temples, then later, across the scalp.
Adolescents are getting less sleep even though they're at a stage in life when they may need it most. Why not delay school starting times so they can catch up on some shuteye?
Medical culture's hierarchical and autocratic nature harms not just patients and students but doctors too. The good news is that change is in the air – but it won't be easy.
In a high-pressure surgical environment, where older male consultants dominate, and there is great competition for training positions and jobs, women are vulnerable to sexual harassment.