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  Given the extreme time pressures on most people in medicine, you might think doctors might think twice about getting hitched to someone with exactly the same constraints. Not so: a research report published last month in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that around 17% of male doctors have…

  The one psychiatric diagnosis that probably everyone has heard of is the mild autism spectrum disorder known as Asperger’s syndrome. But there’s a good chance it won’t be called that for much longer. New research published this month casts its originator, Dr Hans Asperger, as a Nazi “fellow…

  A high-profile US research panel has proposed a new way of defining Alzheimer’s disease that depends on biological markers, rather than a symptom-based clinical diagnosis. The researchers from the National Institute of Aging and the Alzheimer’s Association say their proposed new definition…

  New, nationally consistent laws will ensure doctors are no longer obliged to report colleagues under their care to AHPRA over mental health issues. In a statement following last week’s meeting of the COAG Health Council, Federal, State and Territory Health Ministers agreed unanimously to “strengthen…

A court has found a psychiatrist breached their duty of care to a patient for the injuries she sustained in a car accident while driving home following discharge from the hospital. The patient alleged that at the time of her discharge, she was excessively tired and/or sedated and should not have been…

  Oncologists are much more likely to prescribe a company’s drug if that company has provided them with gifts, speaker fees, free meals, travel expenses or research money, a US study has found. The study, published as a research letter in JAMA Internal Medicine, focused on two cancers: metastatic…

  A new Viewpoint in the New England Journal of Medicine this week looks at the thorny question of how we distinguish the living from the dead. As the author, bioethicist Dr Robert Truog, points out, being able to clearly make this distinction is an essential function of any society, determining…

  The evidence is mounting that the dramatic increase in kids’ allergies over the past couple of decades could have something to do with medication-induced disturbances in the intestinal microbiome. The latest evidence for this hypothesis comes from a large, retrospective US study published this…

  Medical science has done exceedingly well in extending our lifespans, with the average age of death literally decades more than it was a century ago. But is the longer lifespan really worth it if our health can’t keep up? We’ve made little to no headway in stopping or delaying the onset of…

  People who have undergone bariatric surgery are more likely to divorce if they were married before the intervention, and more likely to get married if they were previously single, a first-of-its-kind study has found. The finding shows that although improving physical health is the key motivator…