Back pain affects one-quarter of Australians.
Rates of spinal fusion surgery for back pain are on the rise. This is despite little evidence that it's an effective procedure and studies showing many will have revision surgery within ten years.
Having a safe and stable place to live is key to breaking entrenched cycles of poverty and criminal justice system involvement.
Experiencing homelessness increases the risk of criminal justice system involvement, and experiencing imprisonment increases the likelihood of homelessness.
Nuclear bomb tests potentially mark the start of a new geological epoch: the Anthropocene.
A forensic photograph featured in the film Unnatural Deaths.
courtesy NSW Police
Bereaved families strive to comprehend that there is nothing they could have done to prevent the death of their loved one. Viewing the crime-and-accident scene images can offer a path to healing.
Bank branch employees featured in the Australian Bankers’ Association national advertising campaign.
The Australian Banking Association says 'nearly 80% of bank profits go straight back to shareholders', the majority of whom are 'everyday Australians'. Is that right?
Functional, yes. Possibly clean, too. But most of our public toilets aren’t inviting.
Public toilets are an essential amenity, but most of them aren't places we'd want to go to unless we have to. What does the failure to provide more restful and inviting places say about us?
When staff make a mistake, hospitals should follow three simple steps to better care for patients and avoid litigation.
Litigation may sound like an obvious route for someone who experiences a medical injury. But it's a lengthy and stressful process, and rarely provides relief to patients and their families.
Looking through semitransparent cells – one day these could be big enough to make windows.
Solar windows would need to trap enough light to generate power, while letting through enough to keep buildings light. Thankfully, newly developed semitransparent cells offer to do just that.
Half of injuries at trampoline parks are among children aged ten to 14 years.
Howard County Library
While some indoor trampoline parks operate to a high safety standard, others don't, and there's nothing compelling them to lift their game.
By the time young people get to university, it’s far too late to be initiating education on sexual consent.
Some Australian universities have introduced a one-off sexual consent program to combat sexual assault and harassment on campus, but one-off programs are unlikely to be effective in the long term.
When a pain signal gets to the brain, it lets your brain know there’s a big problem so we can respond.
AAP Image/DAN PELED
In short, pain medicine is able to block the processes that cause the feeling of pain. To understand why, you need to know a bit about how pain works.
New affordable housing development in Melbourne.
Ryan van den Nouwelant
Based on research comparing projects across the country, a new assessment tool calculates cost-effective ways to fund affordable housing to meet specified needs in different markets.
Tasmanians experience some of the poorest health outcomes in the country.
The Jacqui Lambie Network plan is short on detail and unlikely to improve the health system or outcomes for Tasmanians over the longer term.
Product intervention powers apply across investment, insurance and credit products but it will never be easy for ASIC to prove the risk of “significant consumer detriment”.
Research shows the majority of consumers have low financial knowledge and experience, but they are also prone to behavioural biases that don't help.
New Fed chair Jerome Powell has some tough choices ahead.
The data shows a tricky balancing act for policy makers. Interest rates will need to rise but too quickly could squash the recovery.
Members of the Australasian Federation Conference, 1890.
Parliamentary Education Office
The now-infamous section 44 of the Australian Constitution was a last-minute change by the authors, drafted in private and accepted out of weariness.
Despite billions spent on trying to save water in the Murray Darling Basin, results have been disappointing.
A dozen leading researchers have issued an urgent call to action for the Murray-Darling Basin, arguing that the billions spent on water-efficient irrigation have done little for the rivers' health.
Spectre and Meltdown affected billions of devices.
Preventing problems like Meltdown and Spectre from reocurring requires software developers to be given sufficient information about hardware to ensure security.
AEC disclosures revealed Malcolm Turnbull to be the single biggest donor to a political party in 2016-17.
The annual February festival of lampooning the largest visible donor lulls Australians into a false sense of security that there is a functioning political donations disclosure regime in place.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has changed what goes into its inflation calculation.
Weak Australian inflation and housing credit data mean the Reserve Bank is unlikely to move on interest rates.