A COVID-19-type pandemic had long been predicted, but our warnings weren't heeded. We need to start rethinking our approach to health now – even in countries like New Zealand.
We're hardwired to love sweet things, but too much sugar is leading to an increase in type 2 diabetes. Here's what individuals and policymakers can do cut our collective sugar intake.
Many young people don’t recover from depression, and exercise can help prevent it from developing in the first place.
Research indicates exercise is effective for improving mood and preventing the development of depression in young people.
Health Secretary, Matt Hancock.
The evidence that health prevention programmes work and are cost effective is strong.
Researchers have developed a new profile system that can save time and money and drastically improve patient care.
For decades, doctors have been prescribing low-dose aspirin for healthy people over the age of 70.
Taking low-dose aspirin daily doesn't delay the onset of disability in healthy older people. Nor does it prevent heart attack or stroke in those who hadn't experienced either condition before.
Biological age calculators are a crude measurement but can be a wake-up call to improve our lifestyle.
Four in five of us have a "biological" age older than our real age, which means we have at least one risk factor that is higher than the number set as “normal”.
Common over-the-counter drugs such as paracetamol and ibuprofen offer little proven relief for back pain.
Although common, back pain has many causes, and a quick drug fix is not the answer. But there are things you can do to get back on track.
Most ill health can be avoided on family holidays through research and planning in advance, plus smart packing.
Simple steps can lower your risk of bringing home traveller's diarrhoea, respiratory infections and mosquito-borne diseases from your holiday.
Recent improvements in medical management of HIV infection are not well understood in the legal sector.
HIV diagnosis is devastating for patients and their families. But the infection is no longer a death sentence, and should not be prosecuted as such say experts.
An emerging model for enabling people with disability to live to full capacity is through the use of social impact bonds.
Healthy, engaged people and communities will be crucial for a prosperous future for New South Wales. Here are four areas of policy focus that will help achieve that.
Prevention messages and consistent condom use have broken the nexus between sex work and HIV transmission in Australia.
In the three decades since the virus was identified, Australia has done well by international standards in keeping HIV infection rates down. But certain aspects of our national approach continue to risk…
Mammograms under inspection.
A large study on the benefits of breast cancer screening has cast doubt on the value of mammograms in reducing deaths from…
The Beatles’ George Harrison died of lung cancer in 2001.
Lung cancer kills more people each year than any other cancer because it’s common and because the majority of patients only start to show symptoms after the disease is already advanced. Despite this there…
Controlling malaria is a war being waged on many fronts. Mosquito nets and coils repel mosquitoes from their human feast…
Given the money Australia has spent on mental health, it’s surprising that population data doesn’t show expected gains.
Despite two decades of investment in improving mental health services, the mental health of Australians has not improved. This may be because haven’t been spending money on the right approach and need…
Preventative health programs, like the one against skin cancer, aresuccessful and highly cost effective.
Australia spends more than $130 billion each year on health, approximately 9.2% of our GDP. The outcome of this and other investments is that our life expectancy puts us very high on the global “league…