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The Health Report separate stories podcast lets you pick which stories to download. The Health Report appeals to specialist and mainstream audiences by applying a broad definition of health and seeing it within social, scientific and political contexts.

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Bio-factories: A new treatment for macular degeneration

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:52:00 +1100

This year's Florey Medal winner is Elizabeth Rakoczy, for pioneering work on macular degeneration.Elizabeth Rakoczy has won the Florey Medal ( Steve Hooton (CC-BY-2.0))

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Post-surgery antibiotics wrongly prescribed

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:45:00 +1100

Know what questions to ask your surgeon about antibiotics.Inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions could contribute to antimicrobial resistance ( Global Panorama (CC-BY-SA-2.0))

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The pill and breast cancer risk

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:37:00 +1100

The New England Journal of Medicine has published a huge study of the risks of breast cancer in women using hormonal contraception.There has been a long link between oral contraception and breast cancer risk ( Sarah C (CC-BY-ND-2.0))

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Skipping breakfast and your fat cells

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:30:00 +1100

Does skipping breakfast help you to burn fat?How important is breakfast to your metabolism? ( Binyamin Mellish)

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Controversial transvaginal mesh banned

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 17:52:00 +1100

The Therapeutic Goods Administration has banned the mesh's use in pelvic organ prolapse.A vaginal mesh implant (ABC News: Jerry Rickard)

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A new, more accurate cervical cancer screening program

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 17:45:00 +1100

But the test is carried out in the same way.The test will still be invasive, but now needs to be done every five years, not every two ( Pan American Health Organization (CC-BY-NC-2.0))

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How do you stop older people from falling?

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 17:38:00 +1100

Falls can be extremely dangerous for older people — so what interventions work to stop them, or reduce how much injury they cause?Exercise is a key intervention in preventing falls ( Tobi Gaulke (CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0))

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Low BMI, aging and brain shrinkage

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 17:30:00 +1100

It's known that high BMI at midlife is associated with increased dementia risk.BMI and brain shrinkage - is there a link? ( Paola Kizette Cimenti (CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0))

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Nudging you towards healthy choices

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 17:51:00 +1100

Nudge theory is a body of research which argues that positive reinforcement and indirect suggestion can influence human behaviour.Could nudge theory influence your everyday decisions without you knowing? ( Isaque Pereira)

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Age-related macular degeneration on the decline

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 17:45:00 +1100

A multi-generation analysis of age-related macular degeneration — an eye disease that causes vision loss — has shown it's in decline.New research suggests age-related macular degeneration is decreasing? ( Community Eye Health (CC-BY-NC-2.0))

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Developing new liver cancer treatments

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 17:38:00 +1100

As liver cancer prevalence increases, what new therapies are being developed that could treat it?A micrograph showing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (Wikimedia Commons: Nephron (CC-BY-SA-3.0))

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Fatty liver disease and your overall brain volume

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 17:30:00 +1100

When fat's deposited in the liver, it triggers metabolic changes — and the brain's not immune from them.Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease has been shown to be associated with lower brain volume ( Rosario Lizana (CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0))

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Palliative care and euthanasia

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:48:00 +1100

The euthanasia debate has brought palliative care into the spotlight with it.An older man lies in a bed in a palliative care unit. (Westend61)

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Vaginal microbiome influences your risk of STIs

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:42:00 +1100

Just like the gut microbiome, there's a vaginal microbiome made up of microbes, viruses, bacteria and fungi.Lactobacillus bacteria, often part of the vaginal microbiome ( sage_anne (CC-BY-NC-2.0))

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Low-fat diets reduce early death in obese people

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:38:00 +1100

Weight loss reduced early mortality, a new evaluation of the evidence finds.New research suggests a low-fat diet reduces early mortality in obese people ( Steve Baker (CC-BY-ND-2.0))

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Nocebo effect could be making you feel sick

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:30:00 +1100

You probably know of the placebo effect — but what about its opposite, the potentially more serious nocebo effect?How can clinicians manage the nocebo effect? ( Jamie (CC-BY-2.0))

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Ex-naturopath blowing the whistle on industry

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:50:00 +1100

The practices this naturopath saw in the American industry caused her to quit altogether.Britt Hermes quit naturopathy after encountering disturbing practices within the industry (Supplied:

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Blood-vessel boosting cancer treatment

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:42:00 +1100

A new cancer treatment generates blood vessels in tumours, helping immune cells reach the cancer core.The new treatment normalises tumour blood vessels (Getty Images: Jonathan Kitchen)

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'In-built immunotherapy' found in some pancreatic cancer patients

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:38:00 +1100

Pancreatic cancer has a survival rate among the worst of any cancer — just seven per cent at five years.Adenocarcinoma of the pancreas (Ed Uthman Flickr 2.0 Generic CC BY 2.0)

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E-cigarettes: Is Australia missing out?

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:30:00 +1100

England, Scotland and New Zealand have all endorsed e-cigarettes as a less harmful alternative to smoking.Should we legalise nicotine e-cigarettes here? ( Vaping360 (CC-BY-2.0))

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A revolution in lymphoma treatment

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 17:52:00 +1100

Indolent lymphoma has been called incurable, but there's been a revolution in its treatment. And now with the availability of PET scanning, patients can be helped even more.( European Parliament (CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0))

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Knowing about cancer symptoms for early diagnosis

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 17:46:00 +1100

Does knowing about the early signs of cancer lead to earlier diagnosis? The world's biggest trial so far reports.Do cancer symptom awareness campaigns actually make a difference? (Getty Images: Buero Monaco)

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No benefits to robotic colorectal surgery, study says

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 17:38:00 +1100

A study of the use of robotic surgery for colorectal cancer has found it's on par with traditional methods — while taking longer and costing more.Robotic surgery's all the rage — but hasn't always been able to demonstrate superiority over conventional surgeries. ( Ars Electronica (CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0))

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Is laser cataract surgery worth it?

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 17:30:00 +1100

Laser cataract surgery sounds fancy, but is it any better than a surgeon's hand?How do FLACS and conventional surgery measure up? ( Military Health (CC-BY-2.0))

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Could 'biosimilar' drugs save millions?

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 17:50:00 +1100

When expensive biologic drugs come off patent, they can be copied and produced more cheaply — as biosimilars.Biologics are expensive and complex to manufacture ( Zaldylmg (CC-BY-2.0))

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What's a colonoscopy got to do with appendicitis?

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 17:40:00 +1100

More than you might think.Is there a link between colonoscopy and appendicitis? (Wikimedia Commons: US Navy)

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MRSA in the community

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 17:30:00 +1100

It seems many MRSA infections are now acquired in the community, not in hospitals.A scanning electron micrograph image of MRSA ( NIAID (CC-BY-2.0))

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Heavy menstrual bleeding guidelines

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 17:51:00 +1100

New guidelines for doctors mean women with heavy menstrual bleeding will have better access to non-invasive treatments.Heavy menstrual bleeding can be extremely debilitating (Getty Images: Bronko)

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Epidurals and birth position

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 17:46:00 +1100

Women who lie down after having an epidural during labour have an easier birth than those who give birth in an upright position.How does the position of the mother affect how easy it is to give birth? ( George Ruiz (CC-BY-2.0))

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Pre-pregnancy carrier screening

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 17:41:00 +1100

In this type of screening, parents are tested for disease-causing genetic mutations which they may carry and pass on to their children, even if they don't have the disease themselves.Professor Laing says pre-pregnancy carrier screening should be more widely available (

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Bone marrow transplants

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 17:31:00 +1100

What principles go into the decision-making of a haemotologist who must decide whether a patient should receive potentially life-saving treatment?What principles govern the provision of bone marrow transplant in Australia? ( Thirteen of Clubs (CC-BY-SA-2.0))

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When doctor becomes patient

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:35:00 +1100

Do they get better care?(Getty Images: Frank Fife)

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Food labelling

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:30:00 +1100

Olivia Willis on the ongoing battle for a simpler food labelling system.(Getty Images: Tang Ming Tung)

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Childhood literacy

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 17:50:00 +1100

In Australia, around 40% of the population have inadequate literacy skills.(Getty Images: SAEED KHAN)

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The First Thousand Days

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 17:40:00 +1100

The period up to the end of the second year is crucial for health in later life.(Getty Images: Mayte Torres)

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How to detect unusual melanomas?

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 17:30:00 +1100

The earlier the diagnosis, the lower the risk of death.(Getty Images: VOISIN/PHANIE)

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Would you like fat with that?

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 17:41:00 +1100

Busting myths about fat in our diets.(Getty Images: Maximillan Stock Ltd)

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Control group in breast cancer trials missing out on proper care

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 17:30:00 +1100

What does this mean for the results?(Getty Images: Choja)

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Can you overdiagnose an under-recognised syndrome?

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:50:00 +1000

Polycystic ovary syndrome in the headlines again.(Getty Images: Kiyoshi Hijiki)

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Boosting organ donation after circulatory death

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:40:00 +1000

Expanding organ suitably criteria could increase Australia's donation rate.(Getty Images: Mark Harmel)

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How much does it cost to bring a cancer drug to market?

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:30:00 +1000

A lot less than you've been lead to believe, says a new study.(Getty Images: Pogonici)

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Mutation detection in patients with advanced cancer

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:50:00 +1000

Guidelines dictate who should be screened for cancer, but could they be wrong?(Getty Images: David Mack)

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How to increase reliability of scientific studies

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:45:00 +1000

Bias, hype, poor peer review practice - how prevalent is spin in science?(Getty Images: Sergey Khakimullin)

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Lymph nodes and breast cancer treatment

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:37:00 +1000

Study confirms less is more when treating breast cancer.(Getty Images: Pradit_Ph)

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Rehab at home better value for money

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:30:00 +1000

Quality of life improves for patients who head home after knee surgery.(Getty Images: Hero Images)

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Removing barriers to female sport participation

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 17:50:00 +1000

Inside the successful English campaign "This Girl Can".(Getty Images: Mischa Keijser)

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Reducing waste in medical research

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 17:40:00 +1000

Who is responsible for stopping duplication and non-publication of medical research?(Getty Images: Shironosov)

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How the brain shapes perceptions of pain

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 17:30:01 +1000

Joint stiffness is caused by joints...right?(Getty Images: Tom Merton)

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Is medicine ready for artificial intelligence?

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 17:52:00 +1000

What if AI could decode your brain signals?(Image: Supplied)

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Best practice for treating children and adolescents with depression

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 17:44:00 +1000

Review concludes antidepressants are safe for young people; but shouldn't be the first line of attack.(Getty Images: Justin Paget)

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