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  You’re a keen, first-year medical student. Today, you’re practising breaking bad news to patients – actors of course, but boy does it feel like the real deal. Before you begin, the whole room stops. You all close your eyes, and practice mindfulness – just for three minutes – but as…

  A woman's reproductive system has been called many names, yet still remains a taboo topic. For many women the words vagina, vulva, uterus, cervix and ovary are not spoken. Rather, euphemisms like “down there”, or “down below” are used. It's time to start talking about 'The box'. The taboo…

  Until the turn of this century, there was little sense in Western medicine that gender mattered. Outside the niche of female reproductive medicine, the male body was the universal model for anatomy studies. Clinical trials mainly involved males and the results became the evidence base for the…

  When young people go to medical school they are called medical students. They know that they are to learn about medicine. Everything about medical school is about learning about medicine. In fact, every waking moment is about learning about medicine. We learn about anatomy, physiology, statistics,…

Australian men with a recent diagnosis of prostate cancer that require active treatment, as opposed to careful monitoring, are often not given all the options available to them. This means not all men are getting the necessary information and support to make a decision on what treatment is best. A growing…

Australians pay too much when they go to medical specialists. The government can and should do more to drive prices down. A current Senate Inquiry on out-of-pocket costs will hopefully lead to some policy action. The problem is clear to anyone who has had to see a specialist recently. About 85% of GP…

  The Australian government has listed yet another drug to cure hepatitis C on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). The drug Epclusa® – a combination of sofosbuvir 400mg and velpatasvir 100mg – is the first of the direct-acting antiviral treatments effective for all types of the disease.…

  The most common method of measuring blood pressure is often inaccurate, a new study has found. This could mean people at risk of serious conditions such as heart disease are missing diagnosis and potentially life-saving treatment. The so-called “cuff method” involves strapping an inflatable…

  It’s widely recognised that emotions can directly affect stomach function. As early as 1915, influential physiologist Walter Cannon noted that stomach functions are changed in animals when frightened. The same is true for humans. Those who stress a lot often report diarrhoea or stomach pain.…

  Published this week, our study estimates Australian GPs are prescribing about five million too many scripts for antibiotics a year for run-of-the-mill respiratory infections. But this is not a simple case of “blame the GP”. What our study does show is many years of educating GPs about appropriate…