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Medications such as ibuprofen and aspirin, known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs, are widely available over the counter from pharmacies and supermarkets. But health providers have known for some time they can be unsafe for people with chronic health problems such as kidney disease,…

Why are we so shocked when we, or someone we know, becomes ill? Why are many people scared of illness and unable to support their loved ones when illness strikes? And why do so many people still think “it won’t happen to me”? These questions strike at the heart of our relationship between sickness…

In 2013 and 2014, more than 314,000 CT scans of the lower back were ordered in Australia, most of which showed no abnormalities. In routine cases of low back pain, X-rays and CT scans provide no meaningful information to guide treatment, exposing patients to unnecessary radiation. A number of factors…

A Grattan Institute report released earlier this week, Cutting a better drug deal, calls for a major shake-up of pharmacies and pharmaceutical pricing. The market for retail pharmacies is highly regulated. States regulate who can own pharmacies – essentially prohibiting anyone other than pharmacists…

Dismissing people’s worries as baseless, whether that’s about the safety of mobile phones or fluoridated drinking water, is one of the least effective ways of communicating public health risks. Yet it is common for people to “reassure” like this, both at home and in professional roles as experts,…

Image: Former AMA President, Professor Brian Owler, presenting the scholarship to Darren Harnett at this year's AMA National Conference. Darren Hartnett is the recipient of the 2016 AMA Indigenous Peoples' Medical Scholarship. The third year medical student, from the University of Newcastle, spoke…

For some cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, the thought of joining their loved ones for a meal can be, quite literally, sickening. Nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy can cause devastating physical side effects and wreck a patient’s social and family life. Patients say they find it difficult…

Labiaplasty is the most common form of female genital cosmetic surgery and involves surgical reduction of the labia minora or the inner lips of the vulva. However we still don’t really know what impact the procedure has on the lives of women who choose to have it. This is not that surprising given…

Obesity is a major public health problem In Australia. More than one in four adults are now classified as obese, up from one in ten in the early 1980s. And about 7% of children are obese, up from less than 2% in the 1980s. Obesity not only affects an individual’s health and wellbeing, it imposes enormous…

A recent review of in-vitro fertilisation treatment (IVF) clinics in Australia, conducted by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), identified some misleading ways they present people’s chances of a having a baby on their websites. Clinics provide IVF success rates in often confusing…