31 Aug

The medicinal power of the maggot; medieval myth or medical marvel?

Movie-goers may recall the scene in the box-office hit Gladiator when Russell Crowe, aka Marcus Aurelius, is being wheeled upside and half-conscious on a chariot through the dusty roads of Spain by sl
31 Aug

What’s behind Australia’s syphilis outbreak and the rise of STIs?

In what Minister for Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt, described as a ‘surge response’, on 8 August the federal government injected an emergency $8.8 million into tackling an outbreak of syphilis in N
31 Aug

The case for targeted preventive healthcare

Australians travelling overseas and needing medical treatment will be familiar with the leading-edge quality of our health system – from our hospitals, pharmaceutical benefits system and pathology l
31 Aug

Is health in the western world at the bottom of a nasty J-curve?

For most of human history one of the major threats to a long life was scarcity: in particular scarcity of food and medicine. Hunger and disease made life – to paraphrase the 17th century philosopher
26 Jul

FOFO a no-no; five good reasons to do the bowel screening test

Those in contact with young people may be familiar with the acronym FOMO. For those not in the know, FOMO stands for Fear of Missing Out. But very few people will be familiar with the acronym FOFO –
26 Jul

Widows of Parramatta: the surprising new champions of organ donation

There are a host of reasons that someone may need an organ transplant at any stage of life, and organ donors can come in all shapes and sizes too. However, for deceased donors, the ultimate decisio
26 Jul

“I didn’t choose Chemical Pathology, rather it chose me” – Dr Ken Sikaris talks about how he entered the pathology space

Chemical pathology involves analysis of bodily fluids for diagnostic and health monitoring purposes. Chemical pathologists are medical doctors, with at least 13 years of training, who specialise in ba
26 Jul

Screen time: what is a screening test and why do we have them?

Most of us will be familiar with a few of Australia’s screening programs, like the bowel cancer screening program or mammograms for breast cancer screening, but what does screening actually mean, an
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