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The statement by the NHMRC is based on a summary of research on homeopathy’s effectiveness for treating health conditions. Guillaume Brialon/Flickr

Health experts find no evidence homeopathy works, again

Two years in the making, a statement released by the National Health and Medicine Research Council has found no reliable evidence that homeopathy is effective.
Despite only finding an association between fluoridated water and underactive thyroid gland, the paper says we should try to reduce all sources of fluoride in the environment. Joost Nelissen/Flickr

Flawed study overstates link between fluoride and ill health: experts

A study linking water fluoridation to hypothyroidism has been criticized by researchers for poor design and overstating its findings.
Athletes will need to watch their sleeping habits if they want to finish first. Australian Paralympic Committee/Australian Sports Commission

Peak athletic performance is dependent on sleep cycle

Athletic performance can vary over the course of the day by up to 26%, depending on the athlete’s circadian rhythm, according…
People who stay mentally stimulated and physically active can delay onset of cognitive decline. Daniel Erkstam/Flickr

Older people may be better learners than we think

Older people may be able to learn more from visual information than their younger counterparts, according to a study published…
Paediatricians says children’s trauma is compounded when they are placed in mandatory detention. Australian Human Rights Commission/AAP

Paediatricians say mandatory detention is child abuse

More than 80% of Australian paediatricians believe mandatory detention of asylum seeker children constitutes child abuse…
Health expenditure grew by just 1.5% in the last year, compared with a decade average of 5.1%. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Health spending growth at 30-year low

Despite the Commonwealth government warning the nation’s health bill is spiralling out of control, a new report shows Australia’s…
The pest hides out in pot plants and rainwater tanks, and feeds on humans and pets. Clivid/Flickr

Aussie mozzie found in urban California

An Australian native mosquito has for the first time been detected in urban California, in the latest wave of mozzies hitching…
Suicidal thoughts among women were more common in developed countries but men were three times more likely to die by suicide. `Etienne/Flickr

WHO report maps global suicide problem for the first time

One person takes their own life every 40 seconds, equating to 803,900 deaths across the world every year, according to the…
Allergic reactions to food have dramatically increased over the past 10 to 20 years. Dan Peled/AAP

Changes to bugs in the gut could prevent food allergies

Changing the bacteria in the gut could treat and prevent life-threatening allergies, according to research published in the…
Bacterial communities in the gut assemble within weeks of birth in distinct, patterned progressions. Flickr: bradleypjohnson

Nature, not nurture, holds key to gut bacteria

The types of bacteria that colonise an infant’s developing gut are influenced more by internal development than childbirth…
Despite screening offering gains in mortality from prostate cancer, men are more likely to die with the disease than from it. Oleh Slobodeniuk/Flickr

Study urges caution about prostate cancer screening

Prostate cancer screening could reduce deaths from the disease but it should not be routine, according to a study published…
The number of hospitalisations and deaths caused by alcohol in Australia has increased by 62% in a decade. VILevi/Shutterstock

Australia’s daily alcohol toll: 15 deaths and 430 hospitalisations

Chronic disease and injury caused by alcohol has significantly increased over a decade, causing 15 deaths and 430 hospitalisations…