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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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Influenza can increase your risk of a heart attack up to 10-fold

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:51:00 +1100

Flu hits the body hard. But hard enough to push someone into having a heart attack?There's an association between the flu and heart attacks (ABC News: Kym Agius)

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Needle phobia: What is it and how is it treated?

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:38:00 +1100

Very few of us enjoy having injections, but for those with needle phobia it's more than feeling a bit uncomfortable at the thought of a jab.No-one enjoys a jab, but needle phobia is something more serious (Getty Images: Terry Vine)

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Getting away from see one, do one, teach one in medical procedures

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:30:00 +1100

How do we improve the skills of our junior doctors, ensuring they're proficient in all the right areas and detecting when they aren't?Junior doctors vary in their proficiencies - how can we ensure minimum standards are kept? (Unsplash: Piron Guillaume)

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How the body talks to itself during exercise

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 17:50:00 +1100

New research has found vesicles — small protein-filled packages — are released by the body during exercise, allowing different organs and muscles to communicate with each other.Vesicles help our organs communicate during exercise ( Isabella Mendes)

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Dr Bawa-Garba: Who or what should be blamed when a medical tragedy occurs?

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 17:30:00 +1100

Doctors say the case reflects systemic failures at the hospital and in the broader healthcare system, and that it could have happened to any one of them.There's been an outcry from doctors worldwide over the case of Dr Bawa-Garba (Unsplash: Hush Naidoo)

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Wind turbine syndrome is not a real disease, claims book

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 17:52:00 +1100

The incidence of 'wind turbine syndrome' in countries that don't speak English is low, Simon Chapman says.Wind turbine (Supplied: Monash University)

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Will managing your own chronic conditions make you feel better?

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 17:45:00 +1100

A study from Flinders University has looked at one such chronic condition self-management program, which has returned inconclusive results.Can patients manage their own chronic conditions? (Public domain: Cristian Newman)

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Can your pulse foretell your future?

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 17:37:00 +1100

New research suggests measuring whether your heart rate goes up over time is a reliable indicator of your increasing risk of death or disease.Heart rate is a known biomarker for your overall health (Unsplash:

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How to save 250,000 people a year from suffering a hospital complication

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 17:30:00 +1100

One in nine patients who go into a hospital in Australia suffer a complication — ranging from the minor to the catastrophic.The complication rates of Australian hospitals should be more transparent and accessible, Dr Duckett argues ( US Pacific Fleet (CC-BY-NC-2.0))

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Do-not-resuscitate tattoos: What's a doctor to do?

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 17:45:00 +1100

It's an extreme act — tattooing your desire not to be resuscitated onto your own body, in an effort to dissuade a doctor from bringing you back should you collapse or fall unconscious.This US patient's tattoo produced more confusion than clarity, doctors said (New England Journal of Medicine)

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Gaps in NDIS coverage for people with psychosocial disability: report

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 17:37:00 +1100

A new report says those with mental ill health seeking access to the NDIS face significant hurdles.Changes to services for those with mental ill health could see some people fall through the gaps (Unsplash: Weyne Yew)

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The end of over-the-counter codeine

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 17:30:00 +1100

Later this week, you'll no longer be able to buy codeine-containing painkillers or cough and cold medications over the counter.Codeine is being rescheduled and won't be available over the counter (Unsplash: Jonathan Perez)

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Facial yoga: Can exercising your facial muscles make you look younger?

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:52:00 +1100

How to hold back the ageing process is the fundamental goal of a multi-billion dollar industry. But what if you could improve the look of your face without needles and tens of thousands of dollars?There's 32 different facial exercises, and some will make you look silly, Professor Alam says ( Nic McPhee (CC-BY-SA-2.0))

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Cow's milk in baby formula doesn't increase diabetes risk

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:45:00 +1100

Previous studies have suggested there's a link between baby formula that contains cow's milk and an increased risk of Type 1 diabetes in children.Fears about certain types of baby formula and the risk of type 1 diabetes have been around for a number of years ( Nerissa's Ring (CC-BY-2.0))

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Hormone therapy for chronic disease prevention achieves mixed results

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:38:00 +1100

A systematic review of the research finds benefits and harms for the use of hormone therapy as a preventative tool against chronic conditions like heart disease.Hormone therapy is sometimes employed as a preventative measure against chronic diseases, but research suggests there are drawbacks to this approach ( Adrien Sifre)

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People injecting oxycodone less after introduction of tamper-resistant formulation

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:30:00 +1100

Tamper-resistant opioid formulations make it harder for people to crush up the drug and inject it.The prescription of opioids is increasing ( Andrea (CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0))

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Wash your mouth out!

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 17:33:00 +1100

It might help prevent Gonorrhoea.(Getty Images: Adam Gault)

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Serotonin and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 17:32:00 +1100

Researchers find elevated serotonin levels in the blood in around one third of SIDS cases.(Getty Images: Andy Feltham / EyeEm)

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Poor evidence for the efficacy of diet

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 17:31:00 +1100

When it comes to overweight or obese children and adolescents.(Getty Images: William Voon / EyeEm)

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Treating sleep apnoea doesn't prevent heart attack or death

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 17:30:00 +1100

Even though it provides relief from the apnoeic symptoms.CPAP masks can help the condition ( Rachel Tayse (CC-BY-2.0))

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More than just a sore throat?

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 17:32:00 +1100

Is the streptococcus bacterium associated with mental disorders in children?(Getty Images: SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY)

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Depression and dementia

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 17:31:00 +1100

Does depression permanently affect the brain?(Getty Images: Fausto Serafini / EyeEm)

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Can childhood stress lead to late life dementia?

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 17:30:00 +1100

An Australian study of Aboriginal people suggests it can.(Getty Images: Andrew Brookes)

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Daintree Ulcer

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 17:33:00 +1100

Researchers are working to further understand the condition also known as Bairnsdale, or Buruli Ulcer.(Supplied: John McBride)

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Sexual health in Australia's tropical north

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 17:32:00 +1100

There's good news, and bad news.(Getty Images: SCOTT CAMAZINE)

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Infected mozzies against dengue fever!

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 17:31:00 +1100

Mosquitoes infected with wolbachia bacteria prevent transmission of dengue fever - and possibly Zika virus.A mosquito on an arm. (AAP Image: Dave Hunt)

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Hookworms against diabetes!

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 17:30:00 +1100

Helminth infections improve metabolic outcomes.(Supplied: Alex Loukas)

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Everything you ever wanted to know about osteoarthritis

Mon, 25 Dec 2017 17:30:00 +1100

And some things you thought you knew, but didn't.(Getty Images: BSIP / Contributor)

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Is it time for a sugar tax?

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 17:30:00 +1100

Could economics beat the obesity epidemic?(Pixabay:InspiredImages)

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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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