Starting HIV treatment early, before immune damage occurs, brings real clinical benefits, a new study has shown.
The legislative changes poised to increase the availability of cannabis are outpacing our understanding of the impact that the drug has on the brain.
Newer contraceptive pills pose a higher risk of serious blood clots, says a study published in the BMJ today. The finding isn't new, but it may be cause for a different kind of concern.
The University of Sydney's announcement of a role funded by the Blackmores Institute raises perennial questions about whether industry-funded research can be truly independent.
If legislation currently before the Tasmanian parliament passes, the state could be the first in the world to prohibit the sale of tobacco to people born after 2000.
The widespread bullying of doctors during training is not just an issue for surgeons, or women. It's a problem for all medical professionals – and it poses a risk to patient safety.
Until recently, coffee was on the list of habits to break if you really wanted to be healthy. Not anymore.
Food is often the first thing to go when there is not enough money to pay the bills.
Most people are acutely aware of the toll the heat can take on human life. So it may come as a surprise that more Australians die from the cold than the heat.
Societies overwhelmingly endorse reproduction, but the pressure this places on people who don't want to have kids may be putting their health at risk.
Ask your friends and colleagues about young Australians and alcohol and I bet they’ll say something about a generation out of control or a binge-drinking epidemic.
Researchers have been talking about the dangers of overdiagnosis for some time. But now a national survey shows most people aren't told about the risk it poses to their health – and they want to know.
Three features of a medical school help predict where medical students will eventually work as doctors: selection, the curriculum, and the professionalism of the newly-qualified doctors.
The question of furnishing non-human animals with rights normally reserves for humans is more complex than it might seem.
Social communication requires us to integrate information from all our senses. But it seems the systems that govern different emotion perception skills may be impaired in people with bipolar disorder.
Soil, dust and air-based exposure to lead can interfere with a child's developing nervous systems and cause behavioural and developmental problems.
A majority of Australians agree we have a problem with alcohol. But almost all say that it’s not a problem of theirs – it’s a problem that exists somewhere outside of their world.
Sports drinks claiming to contain electrolytes have innundated stores in recent years. So what are electrolytes? Are they good? How can we best get them?
Unlike workplace accidents, where injuries can be relatively quickly assessed and compensation awarded, it can take years or many decades before work-related cancers are diagnosed.
After the controversy surrounding the GP co-payment last year, delivering a boring or "small-target" budget this time around was clearly deliberate. But we shouldn't gloss over it too quickly.
A growing body of research evidence shows being married greatly increases patients' chances of being cured of cancer.
Tucked away in the budget papers is an intitiative worthy of applause – the establishment of an adult immunisation register and the expansion of the childhood register to include adolescents.
New and expectant parents are among the biggest losers in this year's budget. From July 2016 primary carers will lose access to government paid parental leave if their workplace also provides leave.
Despite numerous leaks about impending changes to medicines policy, the budget showed savings of just $252.2 million over five years from adjusting the price of a small number of PBS-listed drugs.
International evidence suggests "awareness" campaigns are not the best way to address harmful methamphetamine use. Fear-based approaches can increase stigma and drive people from treatment.