Dead men do tell tales through their physical remains.
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People have lived with infectious disease throughout the millennia, with culture and biology influencing each other. Archaeologists decode the stories told by bones and what accompanies them.
The official naming of COVID-19 has the tone of a committee decision. Historically, names for diseases have not been quite so well thought out and were more likely to offend.
Not all antibiotics kill all types of bacteria.
Antibiotics aren't a one-size-fits-all treatment – the one you had last time might not work on the infection you have at the moment. So how do doctors determine which one is likely to work?
There are more radiological scans than ever, but too few radiologists to interpret them.
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Automated decision making has been around in healthcare since the 1970s, and now radiology is the new frontline where AI is being deployed.
Consider the wisdom of the flock.
After Google suggested PigeonRank was at the root of its search function, a group of researchers put a small flock of the birds to a different classification test in real life.
Reconstruction of the bite wound affecting the shoulder of our herbivorous dinosaur.
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New research uses pathology in dinosaur bones to look at predator-prey interactions in the fossil record.
Former governor general David Johnston invests Toronto scientist Janet Rossant as a Companion of the Order of Canada during a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa in 2016.
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Canada's female scientists are superstars in their fields yet most Canadians have never heard of them. On International Day for Women in Science, it's time to give them the recognition they deserve.
Employees are often unsettled by change in their organisations.
Many large scale organisational changes end up as failures most of the time employers are blamed for being resistant to change. This may be convenient, but it doesn't deal with the real issues.
The future of the NDIS is seemingly secured in this federal budget.
Health announcements in the federal budget include a slow lifting of the Medicare rebate freeze, money for new medicines, and an increase in the Medicare levy to fund the NDIS.
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.
This is your brain on plugs.
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Have you ever checked your phone thinking you had felt it vibrate or heard it ring, only to see that no one tried to reach you? One researcher decided to study this phenomenon.
Was Labor’s shadow health minister Catherine King, pictured here with shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus, right about cuts to bulk-billing payments?
Labor's shadow health minister Catherine King, said that the government has "cut bulk-billing payments for pathology and diagnostic imaging to make patients pay more". Is that right?
The Labor Party is heading into the election with its Medicare banner hoisted high.
The greater threats to our national public health system lie in the increasing role of consumer co-payments and the power of vested interests that stifle policy innovation in health.
Labor leader Bill Shorten has been campaigning heavily on health issues.
Labor wants the government to guarantee it won't fully privatise the new Australian Schools Vaccination Register.
Bill Shorten rallied his party for a big effort in the final fortnight of the campaign.
Bill Shorten has pledged Labor would reverse the government's cuts to pathology and give a modest tax break to small businesses to get people back into the workforce.
Pathology in Australia is big business.
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Pathology Australia promptly abandoned its Don't Kill Bulk Bill campaign against cuts to bulk-billing incentives after doing a deal with the federal government.
Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten shake hands before the people’s forum in Sydney on Friday.
The first debate of the election campaign, a “people’s forum” of 100 undecided voters in western Sydney that was a relatively free-flowing affair, saw Bill Shorten come out ahead. After the encounter…
Pathology is big business.
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The pathology sector in Australia is no longer a cottage industry. It is dominated by a handful of billion-dollar enterprises that analyse blood, tissue and other samples.
More than three in every four Medicare-billed pathology tests are analysed by one of two big corporations: Sonic Healthcare and Primary Health Care.
Industry consolidation and technological advances have completely reshaped the pathology industry over recent decades. But the way governments pay for pathology services hasn’t kept up.
Early exposure can lead to addiction.
In 1997, Douglas Rushkoff boldly predicted the emergence a new caste of tech-literate adolescents. He argued that the children of his day would soon blossom into “screenagers”, endowed with effortless…