Walpiri Transient Camp, Katherine: Western medicine can’t be expected to work for disadvantaged Indigenous Australians unless housing and social disadvantage are also addressed.
A safe home, a working fridge and access to transport are all needed before western medicine has a chance of working in the long term. But a new way of providing care can help.
Early detection of disease can be a double-edged sword.
The threshold for diagnosing common conditions such as high blood pressure, chronic kidney disease and gestational diabetes have all lowered in recent years. But for whose benefit?
Impetigo happens when itching causes the skin to break and let in disease-causing bacteria.
While school sores – or impetigo – is a treatable condition, if left untreated it can lead to much more serious illness such as kidney and heart disease.
In Africa, many patients with kidney failure either incur catastrophic out of pocket medical bills or die.
Chronic kidney disease is a global problem with about 10% of the world's population suffering from the disease.
If you have high blood pressure, smoke or have diabetes, you’re at risk of chronic kidney disease.
The number of Australians with chronic kidney disease is set to rise, but there's no cure for most people. Here's what you need to know about this silent killer.
Ensuring that children eat healthily can prevent them from developing kidney disease.
An increase in child obesity is spurring on hypertension and diabetes among children, which may lead to chronic kidney disease.
Biomedical science has made our lives immeasurably better, but it’s time to accept that too much medicine can be as harmful as too little.
By forgetting that medicine postpones death rather than saving lives, we persuade ourselves it might somehow keep extending our life and come to view death as a failure of medicine.
Kidneys are a feature-packed, highly efficient filtration and waste elimination system.
Rather innocuous-looking and tucked away below the ribcage, kidneys are crucial for keeping us alive and well.
Aboriginal patients with chronic disease are having $1,700 too little spent on them, according to a study published today…
New therapies for Chronic Kidney Disease could be developed sooner by using a different definition for kidney disease during…
Eating less salt may help those with chronic kidney disease to live longer, researchers have found. The study monitored kidney…
Despite a high global prevalence and inequities in treatment, kidney disease is not given priority in international health plans.
One in nine Australians over the age of 25 (that’s 1.7 million people) has chronic kidney disease. That’s more than the number living with chronic lung disease, stroke, heart failure, and all types of…
A newly-defined condition called ‘chronic kidney disease’ could turn many people unnecessarily into patients.
Kidneys are probably not a subject most of us think about too much – but right now they’re at the centre of a global medical controversy. In a paper published in the British Medical Journal today, we explain…