Medical panels are constantly lowering thresholds across many diseases, which results in more and more healthy people being diagnosed as sick.
More of us are labelled as sick with the constantly changing diagnostic cut-offs for diseases. Now an international expert panel has drafted a list of things to consider before setting new thresholds.
Doctors can tell a lot about your health from your urine sample, if you take it properly.
If you're not sure why you need a urine test or the right way to collect a sample, here's what you need to know.
Scientists are only just beginning to understand the full extend of noise-induced hearing loss.
Machines don’t make the same errors as humans when it comes to decisions based on visual analysis.
The value of machine learning is not only that it is more accurate than humans. It is also cheaper and more consistent in its diagnoses.
Nurses have taken on a surprising number of tasks that were once the preserve of doctors. And they do them exceptionally well.
Scans are still largely studied by humans.
Artificial intelligence is already transforming a range of industries but it has still to make an impact on healthcare. So what's the hold up?
We don’t know if Lyme disease bacteria exists in Australia but we know people are getting sick.
In Australia, only three infectious diseases are known to be transmitted from ticks to humans: Queensland tick typhus; Flinders Island Spotted Fever; and Q fever.
Thinking too fast?
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Cognitive traps can steer doctors away from the right diagnosis.
Developments in miniaturisation can give us point-of-care tests for grave conditions such as cancer and heart disease.
A mobile phone is not a medical device – so don’t believe apps that say they are.
With an estimated 100,000 health and fitness apps available, it seems there is an app for everything – from tracking your bowel movements to practising your pimple-popping technique.
These tiny implants can attract and capture cancer cells.
Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering
A 'cure' for cancer is elusive, but scientists are working on ways to detect -- and even prevent -- cancer cells from spreading through the body.
Tying funding to disability categories is putting pressure on schools and parents.
By tying funding to disability categories, schools and parents are being put under pressure to seek a diagnosis for their child in order to get funding support.
It takes time for a human to become good at diagnosing ailments, but that learning is lost when they retire.
Humans can only do so much when it comes to diagnosing what's wrong with a patient. So why not let machines take over? They learn faster than humans and never retire.
By definition, a rare disease isn't always easy to spot but there are ways to make it easier to do.
Ineffective care exposes patients to complications and side-effects and waste precious health care resources.
To avoid ineffective treatments, we need a new way to identify and reduce questionable care. A new Grattan Institute report shows how to do it.
Overall cancer deaths continue to fall, but some cancers are being left behind.
woman with cancer, from shutterstock.com
The rate of Australians dying from cancer is on a steady, downhill trajectory, thanks to powerful advances made in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease.
The new fingerprint test can detect Ebola in minutes.
A new fingerprick test given at the patient's bedside predicts Ebola infection within minutes.
Robin Williams died at the age of 63.
Robin Williams’s suicide has led many to open up about depression in an effort to raise awareness about how many people are living in misery. One of the most common themes in this public discussion has…
Mentally ill, or just a bit in love with himself?
Words are powerful things, and the words we use to classify and pathologise can be powerfully negative – something I’ve argued here before. Unfortunately, psychologists use pejorative and scientifically…