Natural born killers

With one-in-two people dying within days of becoming ill, it’s little wonder that Ebola causes panic. But the real threat can only be assessed if we understand the history of the virus and how it is transmitted, writes Frank Bowden

27 Aug 14 | Comments (0)

Alzheimer unease

Why do so many dementia researchers hold to a single theory so fervently? An unsettling new book throws light on entrenched beliefs, writes David Le Couteur

28 Jul 14 | Comments (5)

Back to the future with antibiotic resistance

The evidence is clear and the pressure to act is growing, writes Chris Del Mar. Without a cutback in the use of antibiotics, healthcare faces major disruption

17 Jul 14 | Comments (0)

Wacky backy

The Australian waded into the tobacco packaging debate with a series of blunt assertions, writes Rodney Tiffen. Faced with a barrage of well-informed criticism, the paper dug in

12 Jul 14 | Comments (1)

eBook: Climate change and equity

This eBook features Tim Senior’s recently announced prize-winning entry in the Gavin Mooney Essay Prize for 2013, together with the four runners-up

17 Apr 14 | Comments (0)

Eleven grams of trouble

Screening for cervical cancer saves lives every day, so surely men should be screened for prostate cancer? Unfortunately it’s a bit more complicated than that, writes Frank Bowden

18 Mar 14 | Comments (11)

A short look at Medicare’s long history

Gwendolyn Gray Jamieson reviews an account of the genesis and chequered career of Labor’s national health insurance scheme

20 Feb 14 | Comments (0)

Obamacare’s testing year ahead

Americans see Obamacare as either the president’s greatest achievement or his biggest failure, writes Lesley Russell. But the signs are growing that its success will outweigh any shortcomings

07 Jan 14 | Comments (0)