A man undergoes “xenodiagnosis” for Chagas disease in the Argentine province of Corrientes. In this procedure, uninfected triatomine bugs feed on the blood of patients. Later examination of these insects may reveal parasites acquired from infected blood.
This parasitic infection is endemic in Central and South America, and can lead to serious health complications. Though rare in the US, incidence is starting to increase.
What is an H-index and how is it calculated?
A previously obscure scholarly metric has became an item of heated public debate, thanks to Bjorn Lomborg. So what is an H-index and how is it calculated?
‘A smiley face? Seriously?’
Counting tens of thousands of paper votes is no small task. How does the UK get it done?
On the job.
MPs' responsibilities and freedoms have shifted a lot in recent years – and their job has only gotten more complex.
The recent wild weather dumped more than 100 mm of rain on Sydney in a day.
AAP Image/David Moir
The recent wild weather that lashed New South Wales has been described as 'once-in-a-century'. But how often does it really happen?
For 10% of patients the disease will return.
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in the Western world, with 15,000 women (and about 70 men) diagnosed each year in Australia.
How do we think about something we can’t see and don’t experience in our everyday lives, but seems to be pushing our universe apart ever faster?
NASA, ESA, G. Illingworth, D. Magee, and P. Oesch (University of California, Santa Cruz), R. Bouwens (Leiden University), and the HUDF09 Team
Einstein's theory of gravity says dark energy must be out there, accelerating the expansion of our universe. But what is it and how can we try to figure out more about it?
It’s (reverse) auction time for the government’s emissions-reduction plans.
The federal government is holding the first reverse auction to award contracts for its Direct Action emissions plan. Here's how it will work.
The process of therapy is challenging and takes courage.
If you or someone you care about experience an emotional problem it won't be long before you hear that cognitive behaviour therapy, or CBT, is probably the treatment of choice.
Sometimes you need more than a romantic sunset.
Sexology is the interdisciplinary scientific study of human sexuality, including sexual behaviours, interests and function. A sexologist is a trained professional who specialises in human sexuality.
The main dome of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul.
Allah, the divinity at the heart of Islam, has 99 names and is often poorly understood outside the faith. Islam recognises no god but Allah, who revealed scriptures to bothJewish and Christian prophets before Mohammed.
The placenta plays a critical role in pregnancy, fetal development and health throughout life.
An incredibly complex and important organ in its own right, the placenta is only found in mammals. And how it functions has the potential to have profound effects on the lifelong health of the developing foetus.
Patients pay a contribution towards the cost of their medication to the pharmacist who then claims the difference between what they paid and the patient contribution from the government.
Australians make an average of 14 visits to the pharmacy for medicines and advice every year but most don't know about the agreement that governs how we buy government-subsidised medicines from them.
Narcissism is a key trait in the subset of ‘dramatic, emotional and erratic’ personality disorders.
Personality disorders have been richly illustrated by filmmakers. Think of attention-seeking Scarlett in Gone with the Wind. Or the villains in Silence of the Lambs and The Talented Mr. Ripley.
The arts have an important role to play beyond the major cities.
Given the widespread use of the term "regional" you'd think it was clearly understood. But definitions vary considerably.
Swansea Bay: tidal powerhouse?
A tidal lagoon for Swansea could harness the power of the seas.
Almost as nice as Margate.
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A points-based system won't drive wages up, as Nigel Farage claims.
It must be the flu, right?
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Ever tweet about being sick? Or look up your symptoms online? Researchers are using this information to monitor illnesses and attitudes about health in real time.
Long-discussed, TTIP negotiations started in 2013.
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership will be the world's biggest free trade agreement. But what's at stake?
Hizb ut-Tahrir, represented by spokesman Uthman Badar, has courted controversy and been criticised by Tony Abbott in recent times.
Hizb ut-Tahrir is not a political party. It is not active in any Islamic schools, mosques or institutes. It does not have any real influence on Australia's Islamic community.