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.
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.
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.
A medium-sized Australian charity will share more of its donors with the Salvation Army or the Red Cross than with Parkinson’s Australia.
Charities, like all brands, are in a constant battle for attention – and they must win eyeballs more than hearts.
Who owns the digital data recorded and uploaded by CCTV 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.
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.
Monstrous, or just misunderstood?
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
People are more likely to support conservation for cute rather than creepy-looking animals.
It’s estimated our cells will replicate 10,000 trillion times in our lifetime. Errors in this process can lead to cancer.
Modern medicine is increasing our lifespan. But as we survive diseases and live longer, more of us are succumbing to cancer.
Will you still be able to do the crossword when you’re 80? Yep, better than ever, probably.
There are a number of myths associated with what happens to our brain and bodies as we age.
Daniel Andrews has announced reforms to Victoria’s bail laws following the events in Melbourne’s CBD last Friday.
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.
A blockchain could be used to record all of our interactions with the government.
The problems with Centrelink's data-matching system stem from reconciling datasets held by different agencies. What if we used a blockchain to create a single source of data?
Cycling is a great form of exercise, but how much should you spend on equipment and active wear?
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.
When it comes to the speed of their company’s growth many CEOs are fearful of making wrong decisions.
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Money alone will not create the numbers and kinds of jobs required to boost the economy.
The success of One Nation in this year’s election is part of the populist push.
Academic analysis is often ignored – and this is an indictment not of readers, but of academics.
Iron is contained in many vegetarian foods, and there are yummy ways to enhance how much you absorb.
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.
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.
Half of people who started an exercise regime stopped within six months.
Here we review the best science about how to start an exercise habit, and how to keep it going.
Tackling antimicrobial resistance relies on us tackling the interrelated areas of human, animal and environmental health.
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?
Many people detained on Nauru and Manus Island have suffered excruciating despair and hopelessness.
There must be genuine efforts to ensure transition from uncertainty to permanent status for refugees currently detained offshore as soon as possible.
The Murray-Darling is a complex freshwater ecosystem.
Murray River wetlands image from www.shutterstock.com
Tempers have flared once again over the long-term plan to return water to the Murray-Darling River and improve its health.
Policies and services designed to protect Aboriginal children’s cultural connections are not being properly implemented.
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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.