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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 2016, Australian Broadcasting Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

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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A popular class of medication associated with cognitive decline, getting to know your gut bugs, and vaccinating against heart attack and stroke

Mon, 09 May 2016 17:30:00 +1000

A popular class of medication associated with cognitive decline, getting to know your gut bugs, and vaccinating against heart attack and stroke

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Fresh benefits for interval training, a nutrient boost for antidepressants, and busting a fasting fallacy

Mon, 02 May 2016 17:30:00 +1000

Fresh benefits for interval training, a nutrient boost for antidepressants, and busting a fasting fallacy.

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Gaming consoles monitoring respiratory health, stress and mobile health

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

As a gaming console, the Xbox Kinect was a flop. But as a medical device? That's where things get interesting.

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Better staging tests for prostate cancer, human (malaria) guinea pigs, mislabelled allergies

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

Are you allergic to antibiotics? Human guinea pigs for malaria research. A better way to test for severity in prostate cancer.

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Surgeons and Medibank collaborating, the rising cost of insulin, and tick saliva's role in treating rare diseases

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

Surgeons collaborate with Medibank. Insulin costs on the rise. How tick saliva might help treat rare diseases.

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Every step you take

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

How does anecdote square up against science in the fitness tracker revolution?

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A betrayal of trust, or just bad luck?

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

Was nurse Benjamin Geen an "Angel of Death", preying on patients at their most vulnerable? Or was he the unluckiest guy in England?

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A better death, and minimally disruptive medicine

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

A better death. Minimally disruptive medicine.

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

Mon, 14 Mar 2016 17:30:00 +1100

What is brown fat? What is the relationship between body fat, BMI, and mortality? And why do upwards of 1 in 4 Major League Baseball pitchers have an identical scar on the inside of their elbow?

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Preventing peanut allergies, problems with health professional regulation, and taxing sugary drinks

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

Can peanut allergies in kids be prevented? Is trouble brewing within the body that regulates health professionals? And does taxing sugary drinks work?

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Chlamydia testing, a rare skin cancer, and genomic medicine

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 17:30:00 +1100

Encouraging people to test for sexually transmitted infections, Melanoma's nasty little brother, and sequencing genes to achieve better health outcomes.

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Testosterone, reflux and dementia, high fat low carb diets in diabetic mice, and curing Hep C

Mon, 22 Feb 2016 17:30:00 +1100

Can testosterone make older men more virile? Does a common reflux med increase risk of dementia? Do diabetic mice do well on a low carb, high fat diet? And will a new treatment for Hepatitis C eradicate the disease in Australia?

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Salmonella, broken waters, Mercury or Omega 3, and vaginal prolapse

Mon, 15 Feb 2016 17:30:00 +1100

Is it safe to eat lettuce again? Should you induce labour when waters break prematurely? Eating fish is protective against cognitive decline, but is Mercury content a valid concern? What's the best treatment for vaginal prolapse?

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Is Zika responsible for Brazil's microcephaly outbreak? And detecting deafness in newborns.

Mon, 08 Feb 2016 17:30:00 +1100

Is Zika responsible for Brazil's microcephaly outbreak? Congenital deafness.

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Zika Virus, Lower Back Pain, and Scabies

Mon, 01 Feb 2016 17:30:00 +1100

Mosquitoes: The Zika vector. Tweeting into back pain and reassuring yourself out of it. Scabies in Fiji.

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Vitamin D tests, mystery illnesses and back pain

Mon, 25 Jan 2016 17:30:00 +1100

Motor control exercise for lower back pain. How much is too much vitamin D? Kawasaki disease.

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Training your brain for better health

Mon, 18 Jan 2016 17:30:00 +1100

Diet and nutrition in psychiatry. Different mental disorders cause same brain-matter loss. Does brain training work?

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Which gender has more heart attacks?

Mon, 11 Jan 2016 17:30:00 +1100

Coronary artery disease. Gender differences in risk of cardiovascular disease. Atrial fibrillation in Australia. A new treatment for acute stroke.

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Will this medication harm me?

Mon, 04 Jan 2016 17:30:00 +1100

Ageing and physiological function. How to get a six pack. Patients' expectations of the benefits and harms of treatment.

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Do you drink and dose?

Mon, 28 Dec 2015 17:30:00 +1100

When is it safe to drink alcohol while on medication? A 'black box' for surgery.

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The health risks of using cannabis

Mon, 21 Dec 2015 17:30:00 +1100

Health risks of using cannabis. Oral contraceptive use and mortality. Treatment of skin sores in children.

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Can your brain heal your body?

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 17:30:00 +1100

Is brain plasticity the key to healing?

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Maybe we do need that appendix after all

Mon, 07 Dec 2015 17:30:00 +1100

Maybe we do need that appendix after all. Is it possible to predict perinatal depression? Are the benefits of Ritalin for ADHD over-rated? The case for family therapy in the treatment of anorexia nervosa.

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Which way to best health care?

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 17:30:00 +1100

Which way to the best healthcare? Preventing the surgical removal of millions of health dollars. Functional dyspepsia: world authority gives update on treatment.

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I feel better so why can't I stop my medication?

Mon, 23 Nov 2015 17:30:00 +1100

I feel better so why can't I stop my medication?

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Is fish oil any better than snake oil?

Mon, 16 Nov 2015 17:30:00 +1100

Is fish oil any better than snake oil?

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The stressful workplace

Mon, 09 Nov 2015 17:30:00 +1100

What makes one workplace more toxic for our bodies, than another?

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