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Hudson Institute of Medical Research is a not-for-profit, independent medical research institute which resulted from the 2014 merger of two of Australia’s most trusted names in medical research, Monash Institute of Medical Research (MIMR) and Prince Henry’s Institute (PHI).

The Institute drives innovative research programs through its six specialised research centres (Cancer; Genetic diseases; Immunity, inflammation and infectious diseases; Reproductive Health; Fetal, Neonatal, Children’s and Women’s Health; Endocrinology, and Metabolism) which seek to respond to Australia’s key health priorities.


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Testosterone is important for the physical changes that happen during male puberty, and features typical of adult men, such as facial and body hair. Dave 77459/Flickr

Here’s what you need to know about testosterone

Testosterone is blamed for violence in males, implicated in sport scandals, linked to sexual prowess, desired by gym devotees, and promoted as a tonic for ageing. But how many of us really understand what…
Menopausal women have been driven towards the false promises of bioidentical hormone therapy. Lisa F. Young/Shutterstock

‘Natural’ hormone therapy no panacea for menopause symptoms

Natural or bioidentical hormones are plant-derived products closely resembling the oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone produced in the body. The hormones are made up (compounded) in pharmacies to…
There are so many “performance enhancing” drugs floating around - but what do they actually do? heather aitken

Glossary: ‘sports science’ drugs

Ever since a year-long investigation by the Australian Crime Commission alleged “widespread use” of drugs in sport we’ve been hearing about a dizzying array of substances allegedly used by elite athletes…
A vaginal ring could one day prevent pregnancy and STIs… but it’s still a long way off. Flickr/dhammza

Preventing pregnancy and STIs: the quest for the ultra contraceptive

By 2020, 1.2 billion people or 16% of the world’s population will be entering their childbearing years, with 90% of these in the developing world. Along with education, the availability of effective contraception…
Why is philanthropist Melinda Gates dedicating the rest of her life to improving women’s access to contraception? DFID UK Department for International Development

Contraception: best for women, babies and the planet

Melinda Gates’ vow to put the availability of contraception back on the global health agenda – even if it means going against the Pope – has provided a welcome voice for logic and compassion. Speaking…
The 2003 Million Women Study did not prove a link between hormone therapy and cancer. ryanlintelman

Hormone replacement therapy and cancer? Let’s get the facts straight

The authors of the 2003 Million Women Study were wrong to conclude their investigation proved that hormone replacement therapy caused cancer, according to a series of articles published this week in the…
Tight underwear may increase scrotal temperature but there’s no evidence to show it reduces fertility. AAP

Monday’s medical myth: wearing tight undies will make you infertile

Most men have a preference for boxers or briefs, but which are better when it comes to fertility? Many things can affect a man’s ability to make or transport sperm, including sexually transmitted infections…
Men’s testosterone decline isn’t quite the same as menopause. Andres Thor

Monday’s medical myth: men also go through menopause

Feeling tired and grumpy? Maybe a litte emotional? If you’re a middle-aged male, these symptoms might be hormone-related, but no, you’re not going through man opause. It’s true that signs of men’s low…
Many men experience reproductive issues yet find it difficult to talk about them. Jane Rawson

Talk about your tackle? There’s no point beating around the bush

Getting men to talk about their “tackle” – those bits below the belt – is no easy feat. And the fact men aren’t talking about their reproductive health means they are putting their health and quality of…


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