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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.

Fasting and fat cells, oral contraceptives, antibiotic surveys and macular degeneration research

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

Skipping breakfast and your fat cells. The pill and breast cancer risk. Post-surgery antibiotics wrongly prescribed. Bio-factories: A new treatment for macular degeneration.

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Falls in older people, BMI and brain shrinkage, HPV screening and vaginal mesh

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

Low BMI, aging and brain shrinkage. How do you stop older people from falling? A new, more accurate cervical cancer screening program. Controversial transvaginal mesh banned.

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Fatty liver and shrinking brain volume, liver cancer treatments, macular degeneration and nudge theory

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

Fatty liver disease and your overall brain volume. Developing new liver cancer treatments. Age-related macular degeneration on the decline. Nudge theory guiding you towards healthy choices.

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The nocebo effect, low-fat diets, palliative care and the vaginal microbiome

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

Nocebo effect could be making you feel sick. Low-fat diets reduce early death in obese people. Vaginal microbiome influences your risk of STIs. Palliative care and euthanasia.

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E-cigarettes, cancer treatments and an ex-naturopath

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

E-cigarettes: Is Australia missing out? 'In-built immunotherapy' found in some pancreatic cancer patients. Blood-vessel boosting cancer treatment. Ex-naturopath blowing the whistle on industry.

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Robot surgeries, cancer symptom awareness and new lymphoma testing

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

Is laser cataract surgery worth it? No benefits to robotic colorectal surgery, study says. Knowing about cancer symptoms for early diagnosis. A revolution in lymphoma treatment.

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Biosimilar drugs, colonoscopies and appendicitis, and staph in the community

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

MRSA in the community. What's a colonoscopy got to do with appendicitis? Could 'biosimilar' drugs save millions?

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Bone marrow transplants, heavy menstrual bleeding guidelines, birth positions and pre-pregnancy cancer screening

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 17:30:24 +1100

Bone marrow transplants. Pre-pregnancy carrier screening. Epidurals and birth position. Heavy menstrual bleeding guidelines.

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Food labelling, and when the doctor becomes the patient..

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

Food labelling. When doctor becomes patient.

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Atypical melanoma, The First Thousand Days, and childhood literacy..

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

Atypical melanoma, The First Thousand Days, and childhood literacy..

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Standard of care for cancer patients below par in clinical trials and busting myths about fat in your diet

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

Control group in breast cancer trials missing out on proper care. Would you like fat with that?

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Exposing cancer drug costs, a new way to boost organ donation and response to PCOS overdiagnosis claims

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

How much does it cost to bring a cancer drug to market? Boosting organ donation after circulatory death. Can you overdiagnose an under-recognised syndrome?

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Hospital rehab not value for money, less is more for breast cancer treatment, mutation detection in patients with advanced cancer and rethinking how we do peer review

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

Rehab at home better value for money. Lymph nodes and breast cancer treatment. How to increase reliability of scientific studies. Mutation detection in patients with advanced cancer.

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Perceptions of pain, reducing waste in medical research and increasing female participation in sport

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 17:30:00 +1000

How the brain shapes perceptions of pain. Reducing waste in medical research. Removing barriers to female sport participation .

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Self-reported wheat sensitivity, improving safety of breast implants, business as usual for adolescents and antidepressants and is medicine ready for artificial intelligence?

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 17:30:00 +1000

How to diagnose wheat sensitivity . Improving safety of breast implants. Best practice for treating children and adolescents with depression . Is medicine ready for artificial intelligence?

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Lithium linked to lower dementia risk, new hope for healthy aging, meth use and stroke risk and how unhealthy industries undermine public health

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 17:30:00 +1000

Lithium in water lowers dementia risk. Eat kale, age better? Young methamphetamine users at higher risk of stroke. Food for thought: how unhealthy industries undermine public health.

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Tracking asthma mortality, occupations and risk of rheumatoid arthritis, re-defining polycystic ovary syndrome and unpacking salt

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 17:30:00 +1000

Tracking asthma mortality. Could your job be giving you arthritis? Are doctors over-diagnosing polycystic ovary syndrome? Unpacking salt .

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Private health insurance overhaul, privacy concerns over personal genomic testing and e-health for older Australians

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 17:30:00 +1000

Private health insurance and out of pocket costs. Privacy concerns for personal genomic tests . Home is where the health data is . Microvascular dysfunction linked to late-life depression.

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Transforming Australia’s digital health services, the designer vagina, and the Affordable Dialysis Project

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 17:30:00 +1000

Transforming Australia’s digital health services. The designer vagina. The Affordable Dialysis Project.

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Better therapies, better outcomes? Improving physical health for those with mental health issues, and better blood pressure measurement

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 17:30:00 +1000

Better therapies, better outcomes? Equally Well. Better blood pressure measurement.

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Success rates for IVF, dieting during pregnancy, lasers against heart attack and stroke, and the health economics of ageing

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

Success rates for IVF. Dieting during pregnancy. Lasers against heart attack and stroke! The health economics of ageing.

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Treating sleep apnoea doesn't prevent heart attack or death, poor evidence for the efficacy of diet in children and adolescents, mouthwash might beat Gonorrhoea, and the role of serotonin in SIDS

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

Treating sleep apnoea doesn't prevent heart attack or death. Poor evidence for the efficacy of diet. Serotonin and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Wash your mouth out!

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

Everything you ever wanted to know about osteoarthritis.

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Can childhood stress lead to late life dementia? What about depression? Also - is strep throat linked to mental health issues in children?

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

Can childhood stress lead to late life dementia? Depression and dementia. More than just a sore throat?

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Refining cancer risk, sitting up after stroke, BMI and Parkinson disease, and dissolving the extracellular matrix.

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:30:00 +1000

Refining cancer risks. To sit, or not to sit? High BMI lowers Parkinson's risk. Matrix: Dissolved.

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Dodgy dental implants, breastfeeding reduces cancer risk, cupping comes with a risk of burns, and is your super smoke free?

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 17:30:00 +1000

Dodgy dental implants. Breastfeeding reduces cancer risk. Cupping burns. Is your super smoke free?

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Red meat and your health, weight gain in pregnancy, and getting medical students to think rural

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 17:30:00 +1000

Red meat and your health. Weight gain in pregnancy. Country doctor.

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Live from Cairns

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 17:30:00 +1000

Hookworms that prevent diabetes, bacteria that battle dengue mosquitoes, the sexual health of Australia's tropical north, and the Daintree Ulcer.

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Run! If you want to live longer..

Mon, 29 May 2017 17:30:00 +1000

Also - rethinking guidelines for responding to a suicidal person, and making better use of our data.

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Oxytocin and autism, and temperature and glucose tolerance..

Mon, 22 May 2017 17:30:00 +1000 the genetics of endometriosis, and rethinking hip and knee replacement.

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Temperature influences risk of gestational diabetes, and drilling down into a dementia precursor..

Mon, 15 May 2017 17:30:00 +1000

Plus countering cognitive bias in doctors' decision making, and new research identifies genes responsible for a forgotten disease.

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Better blood transfusions, and bystander benefits for CPR..

Mon, 08 May 2017 17:30:00 +1000

Also, the syndemics model of health, and potentially dodgy dental data.

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Multivitamins and cardiovascular disease, vascular risk and brain gunk, and choosing your hospital with data..

Mon, 01 May 2017 17:30:00 +1000

Multivitamins don't prevent cardiovascular disease. Vascular risk in middle age linked to brain gunk. Using data to choose your hospital.

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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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