Health & Medicine

Turning HIV/AIDS boundaries into frontiers

Volume 9 Number 6 June 10 - July 7 2013

 

It has been just over 30 years since the first case of HIV in Australia was diagnosed in Sydney in 1982. Since that time, medical research and new treatments have improved lifespans and transformed HIV into a manageable condition. But many challenges remain. By Elizabeth Brumby.

Scholarships support global perspectives for future doctors

Volume 9 Number 6 June 10 - July 7 2013

 

From the sparse operating rooms of Delhi to the historic halls of Oxford, scholarships are helping medical students explore opportunities across the globe.  By Joe Fennessy.

Time to end polio

Volume 9 Number 5 May 13 - June 9 2013

Scientists across the globe say now is the right time to implement a new plan to eradicate polio, which is currently experiencing the lowest number of cases in the history of the disease. By Rebecca Scott.

Gathering public health evidence in South Asia

Volume 9 Number 5 May 13 - June 9 2013

A new collaboration between the Cochrane Public Health Group at the University of Melbourne and public health researchers in India aims to give low and middle income countries the vital knowledge base they need to identify ways of combating this growing public health issue. By Kirsty Jones.

Leadership critical for health in Indigenous communities

Volume 9 Number 5 May 13 - June 9 2013

Professor Kerry Arabena is the newly appointed Chair of Indigenous Health at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. She spoke to Elizabeth Brumby about the challenges facing Indigenous Australians, and why local and global leadership is critical for Indigenous affairs.

Fighting dengue fever from within the mosquito

Volume 9 Number 5 May 13 - June 9 2013

Scientists have revealed a new technique to introduce disease-blocking bacteria into mosquitoes, with promising results that may halt the spread of diseases such as dengue, yellow fever and chikungunya. Nerissa Hannink reports.

Animals and us: a shared approach to health

Volume 9 Number 5 May 13 - June 9 2013

Veterinary science is moving toward a more integrated, ‘one health model’, with vets and human doctors sharing research and treatment techniques for diseases such as cancers and immune disorders, to benefit both us and our pets.  By Nerissa Hannink.

Music therapy leaving patients on a high note

Volume 9 Number 4 April 8 - May 12 2013

The universal nature of music is proving to be a welcome remedy for poor health. By Liz Banks-Anderson.

Celebrating healthful living

Volume 9 Number 4 April 8 - May 12 2013

 

The Festival for Healthy Living has been working with schools and communities since 1998, engaging communities and schools in mental health promotion through the arts. Annie Rahilly reports on a remarkable 15 year partnership.

 

Ageing well

Volume 9 Number 4 April 8 - May 12 2013

There are many research projects currently being conducted by the University of Melbourne focusing on a subject that is of concern to many of us – getting older, staying well and the worry that our memory tends to get worse as we age. Annie Rahilly investigates some strategies that will help her as she ages!

The art of happiness. Literally.

Volume 9 Number 4 April 8 - May 12 2013

Researchers are now beginning to scientifically prove what many of us have known for some time: creativity makes us happy and supports wellbeing. By Ryan Sheales.

The war inside: living with inflammatory disease

Volume 9 Number 4 April 8 - May 12 2013

Our bodies rely on a complex immune system to keep us healthy, but for those with inflammatory disease it can feel as if their immune system has turned against them. With International Day of Immunology coming up on 29 April, Rebecca Scott talks to researchers working to understand immune dysfunction in diseases such as MS and Inflammatory Bowel Disease.