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Australian researchers have developed a tiny device to electrically stimulate the brain in the hope of treating epilepsy and Parkinson's disease without invasive surgery in the future. The Stentrode device, just 4mm in diameter, can be permanently put inside a blood vessel to place electrodes in the…

Office workers who opt to stand are likely to burn just nine calories an hour more than their seated colleagues, a study reveals. Researchers from the University of Bath say their work questions the effectiveness of standing as a strategy to lose weight. The study, published in the journal Medicine…

More Australians are downgrading or dumping their private health insurance as they feel the pinch of continually rising premiums. In its annual review of the private health insurance industry, the competition watchdog found Australians paid out $23.9 billion in premiums last financial year - $834 million…

Designer babies might be here sooner than anyone reckoned. A Chinese researcher who says he created gene-edited babies crossed what most scientists consider a forbidden line.It's not clear if the claim is true and if so, how the twin girls whose DNA reportedly was altered will fare as they grow.There…

A Chinese researcher has engaged in a monstrous game of Russian roulette if he really has made the world's first genetically edited babies, Australian experts say. A chorus of international condemnation has erupted after He Jiankui said he'd altered the DNA of twin girls, born earlier this month, to…

A UK pensioner who had a wireless heart pacemaker implanted before it failed has asked for answers after it was reported thousands of unsafe medical devices may have been used on patients. Maureen McCleave told BBC Panorama she felt "over the moon" when she was the first in the UK to have the Nanostim…

Health bureaucrats say doctors' concerns about the running of Sydney's new $600 million hospital are being addressed. The public-private Northern Beaches Hospital has come under scrutiny since its opening three weeks ago after staff issues and supply shortages became public. Staff working up to 110…

Bipolar Australians are being urged to volunteer for the world's largest study on the chronic disorder. Researchers have called on 5000 Australians who have undergone treatment for the mental illness to help crack its genetic code in a bid to revolutionise treatments and find a cure. The national call-out,…

Peanut allergy sufferers have been given new hope following the results of a landmark study. Children diagnosed with a severe allergy took part in a trial where they were given increasing amounts of peanut protein over a year. The trial found that participants not normally able to tolerate exposure…

A new study suggests people living in cold climates with less sunlight are more likely to drink heavily. The US research establishes a link between average temperature and hours of sunlight and alcohol consumption. Examining data from 193 countries, the group found evidence that climate contributed…