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Stories in the media are often the first or even the only way that people hear about science and medical news. So we need to get the reporting right. from www.shutterstock.com

Essays on health: reporting medical news is too important to mess up

Health reporting requires asking the right questions and doing quality research. But specialist skills are also handy, especially when it comes to knowing the language and processes of science.
Basil Hetzel’s research supported the use of iodised salt as an easy way to ensure adequate dietary iodine intake. from www.shutterstock.com

Basil Hetzel: Australian medical pioneer, and my friend

Public health pioneer Basil Hetzel died on February 4 2017. Among other career highlights, he identified the most common cause of preventable brain damage: dietary iodine deficiency.
Who owns the digital data recorded and uploaded by CCTV operators? shutterstock

Who gets to see CCTV footage? The law favours the operators

In a recent report highlighting 'shortcomings' in security and welfare services in offshore detention, six terabytes of data was 'missing'. Don't expect to see it any time soon.
The housing affordability crisis isn’t limited to the big cities – the Tweed Heads area, for instance, is rated worse than Melbourne in the latest survey. AAP

A housing affordability crisis in regional Australia? Yes, and here’s why

The affordability crisis in regional Australia has a long history. In some places the problem is even worse for residents than in the capital cities.
It’s estimated our cells will replicate 10,000 trillion times in our lifetime. Errors in this process can lead to cancer. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Why are we more likely to get cancer as we age?

Modern medicine is increasing our lifespan. But as we survive diseases and live longer, more of us are succumbing to cancer.
Daniel Andrews has announced reforms to Victoria’s bail laws following the events in Melbourne’s CBD last Friday. AAP/Angus Livingston

After Bourke St, Victoria should not rush in on bail reform

Australia needs to be very careful not to allow the bail system to become a political scapegoat at the hands of commentators exercising 20/20 hindsight.
Cycling is a great form of exercise, but how much should you spend on equipment and active wear? bramptoncyclist//flickr

The lure of cycling: tips from a middle-aged man in Lycra

Cycling is a great form of exercise, and what better time to get started than the new year. But before you launch yourself up a mountain, review these tips from an experienced MAMIL.
Iron is contained in many vegetarian foods, and there are yummy ways to enhance how much you absorb. Shutterstock/Uber Images

Why iron is such an important part of your diet

Iron deficiency affects more than one in ten Australian women before they reach menopause. Better dietary choices can be part of the solution.
This interactive body map highlights the health risks associated with inactivity.

Interactive body map: physical inactivity and the risks to your health

Being physically inactive has been shown to significantly increase the risk of many causes of death and disease. This interactive body map highlights the links between physical inactivity and disease.
Tackling antimicrobial resistance relies on us tackling the interrelated areas of human, animal and environmental health. from www.shutterstock.com

Why the health and agriculture sectors need to work together to stop antibiotic resistance

The federal government is tackling antimicrobial resistance with a 'One Health' approach. But what is One Health and what can it offer that other approaches haven't?
Policies and services designed to protect Aboriginal children’s cultural connections are not being properly implemented. AAP Image/Dan Peled

Australia failing to safeguard cultural connections for Aboriginal children in out-of-home care

New reports show a widespread lack of care for the cultural needs of many of the 19,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in child protection and out-of-home care.

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