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Health Report - Full program podcast

The Health Report appeals to both specialist and mainstream audiences by applying a broad definition of health, and seeing health and medicine within social, scientific and political contexts. One audio file of each program for continuous listening.

Copyright: Copyright 2017, Australian Broadcasting Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

Running for your back, but not vitamin D for your heart..

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:30:00 +1000

Also - advances in how we care for newborn babies, and keyhole surgery should be the standard for women requiring surgery for early stage uterine cancer.

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On allergies

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 17:30:00 +1000

Adolescent allergies. Allergic to the cold.

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Talking sugar tax..

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 17:30:00 +1000

Is it time for a sugar tax?

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Drug shortages, and a barbaric biopsy..

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 17:30:00 +1000

Also - rethinking post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and the health of Indigenous peoples in Canada.

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Flu season, pregabalin for sciatica, ketamine for depression, and first new epilepsy classification in 28 years

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

Flu season 2017. Drug no good for back pain. Street drug/horse anaesthetic good for depression? Epilepsy reclassified.

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Is brain training worth it? And a liquid biopsy for blood cancer

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

Also - Lynch Syndrome, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) a chronic health issue for woman and men alike.

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Testosterone, bypass surgery, fish oil, and medicinal marijuana

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

The end of testosterone? A better bypass. Following up on fish oil. A disconnect on medical cannabis.

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International Women's Day special

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

RN celebrates International Women’s Day with women behind the mic, from dawn till dusk.. Sophie Scott is the ABC’s medical reporter. Find her blog on health and happiness at

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Fishy fish oil, managing blood pressure, and better practice for cancer and diabetes..

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

Something fishy in the oil. Better management of blood pressure medication. Accountability in oncology practice. Behavioural innovation for Type 2 Diabetes.

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Fake silk, treating cancer, and overcoming poverty..

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

The health burden of viscose rayon. Best practice treating breast and bowel cancer. Overcoming poverty.

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GP crisis, predicting asthma, new lung genes, sleep and sport

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

What I do for $37. Seeing the same GP. Predicting asthma. New lung genes found. Sleep and sporting performance.

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Cancer challenges, bowel cancer pill, back pain meds fail, asthma myth busted

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

Cancer challenges. Bowel cancer prevention pill? Anti-inflammatories for back pain. Asthma myth busted.

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Trump backlash in medicine, meningococcal W, dense breasts and cancer, peak athletic performance safety.

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

Trump backlash reaches medical research. Deadly meningococcal W concerns. Dense-breasted women dilemma . Risks of peak athletic performance .

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Insomnia, anti-inflammatory safety, assessing heart disease risk, cheaper breast cancer drugs

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:30:00 +1100

Web-based insomnia treatment. Popular painkiller safety. Assessing heart disease risk. Cheaper breast cancer therapy.

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A stillborn inequity

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

A stillborn inequity.

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

Stories from the blood bank..

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Sex, Sugar Daddies, & HIV: legacy of AIDS for African girls today

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

Sex, Sugar Daddies, & HIV: legacy of AIDS for African girls today.

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Witness the fitness

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 17:30:00 +1100

Witness the fitness.

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Chiropractic controversies

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 17:30:00 +1100

Chiropractic controversies.

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Optimism and living longer, what a quality diet means, harmful drug treatment for delirium, the cost of poor mental health.

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 17:30:00 +1100

Do optimists live longer? What a good quality diet really means. Harmful drug treatment for delirium. The cost of poor mental health.

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Thunderstorm asthma, dangerous statin drug interaction, reducing preterm births, IVF calculator.

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:30:00 +1100

Thunderstorm asthma. Statin drug interaction danger. Reducing preterm births. IVF calculator.

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Brown fat, testing the obesity paradox, and baseball's elbow surgery epidemic

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 17:30:00 +1100

Brown fat. Putting the obesity paradox to the test. Tommy John surgery.

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Drug deaths in health workers, reassessing vitamin D, anaesthesia and children, after-effects of breast cancer

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 17:30:00 +1100

Drug-related deaths among health workers. Do we need less vitamin D than we think? Does anaesthesia affect children's academic performance? After-effects of breast cancer.

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The distraction of big ideas, brain drain, a new test for pre-eclampsia, and transmission of HIV and the law

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 17:30:00 +1100

Are big ideas too entrenched? The future of Australian medical research. A new test for pre-eclampsia. HIV and the law.

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Lyme disease and sleep

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 17:30:00 +1100

Sleep deprivation, sleep and the gut, and a warning to shift workers.

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Best practice in breast cancer, making blood, flying blind, and diabetes linked to heart failure

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:30:00 +1100

Best practice in breast cancer. Making blood. Flying blind. Diabetes linked to heart failure.

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Cervical cancer screening, hospital safety and quality assurance, and best practice in treating depression.

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 17:30:00 +1100

Changes to cervical cancer screening. Review of hospital safety and quality. Best practice in treating depression.

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Can your brain heal your body? (REPEAT)

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 17:30:00 +1100

Is brain plasticity the key to healing? (REPEAT).

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Future of hospital robots and tiny machines inside us, gluten-free standards, and a diet for the 'miracle hormone'

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 17:30:00 +1100

A diet to stimulate the 'miracle hormone'? Gluten-free standards need improvement. Devices that can fix us from the inside. A new generation of hospital robots.

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Wearable technology, cost of robotic surgery, ATSI health check, and is back cement back?

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:30:00 +1000

Wearable fitness trackers may hinder — not help — weight loss. Back pain managed better with cement in certain cases. Is robotic surgery worth the cost? Indigenous people have double the disease burden.

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Vitamin D reducing asthma, cervical treatments risk preterm birth, autopsies for research, and nurses wined and dined

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 17:30:00 +1000

Vitamin D can prevent severe asthma attacks. Cervical treatment before pregnancy increases risk of preterm birth. How to get an autopsy of a cancer patient – quickly. Nurses also wooed by the pharmaceutical industry.

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Caring for the parents of stillborn babies

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 17:30:00 +1000

A special investigation from Hagar Cohen.

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Asthma treatment, blood pressure, cancer reporting, and learning difficulties

Mon, 05 Sep 2016 17:30:00 +1000

Don't ignore diastolic blood pressure. Contradictory recommendations for asthma treatment. Misreporting cancer research. Building the bi-literate brain.

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Mon, 22 Aug 2016 17:30:00 +1000

Stories from the blood bank.. An intrepid reporter bleeds for the show. A long time donor discovers she has a never-before-identified blood type - and gets it named after her. The Australian Defence Force asks the Red Cross to freeze blood for our troops. And.. A unique friendship is forged over a lifetime of blood transfusions.Blood bags (Supplied/Red Cross Blood Service)

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Eating, sitting, bellyache, and pain

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 17:30:00 +1000

Type 2 diabetes, weight loss, and the Paleo diet. Sitting brings you closer to death. Parasite that gives people bellyache also found in bats. The brain's role in pain. (Yagi Studio via Getty Images)

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Mon, 08 Aug 2016 17:30:00 +1000

Sex, Sugar Daddies, & HIV: legacy of AIDS for African girls today.

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Hotspots of health inequality, and the best for busted knees

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 17:30:00 +1000

Hotspots of health inequality. IVF doesn't increase breast cancer risk. What's best for busted knees? Rescheduling alprazolam.

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Ubiquitous proteins, empty noses

Mon, 18 Jul 2016 17:30:00 +1000

A unique collaboration around a ubiquitous protein, and Empty Nose Syndrome.

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Real fake illness

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 17:30:00 +1000

Munchausen by internet.

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Mon, 04 Jul 2016 17:30:00 +1000

Adolescent allergies. Allergic to the cold.

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Dipping into drug development

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:30:00 +1000

Building new antibiotics from scratch, and improving the way that we register competing interests.

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A close look at chiropractic work

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 17:30:00 +1000

Chiropractic controversies.

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Breaking BRCA

Mon, 13 Jun 2016 17:30:00 +1000

Breast cancer in Australia - part 2.

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Are we over-diagnosing breast cancer?

Mon, 06 Jun 2016 17:30:00 +1000

Breast cancer in Australia - part 1.

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Medicinal marijuana, counterintuitive confectionary

Mon, 30 May 2016 17:30:00 +1000

Also obesity might not be the main step on the road to diabetes, and bariatric surgery might make broccoli more attractive?

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Autoimmune psychiatry and death over (and in spite of) dinner

Mon, 23 May 2016 17:30:00 +1000

This week, a new angle on our story last week about how being overweight might be best to avoid dying prematurely, discussing end of life plans - over dinner, and what could be a remarkable, yet potentially fraught treatment for some young people who, in the past, have been diagnosed as having schizophrenia.

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Feeding for the start and end of life

Mon, 16 May 2016 17:30:00 +1000

New recommendations for infant feeding. Body mass index (BMI) and mortality. Is liver cancer more common than we think? Treating Lyme disease.

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