Episodes
Vital health and medical news.
Published 08/15/22
An option for cervical cancer screening could be a game-changer and miscarriages or stillbirths may bring an increased risk of stroke
Published 08/08/22
With COVID there are more protective measures to take—and there's a historical parallel | The results of a trial of vitamin D supplementation find no evidence to support vitamin D supplements | Shingles can be a painful disease and those over 70 can have a free vaccination, but not the costly and most effective one.
Published 08/01/22
The amount of money to spend on health care in the last year of someone's life is debatable. | The vital eligibility criterion for voluntary assisted dying in Australia is a problematic issue for doctors. | For a heart attack you want the best care possible—but where you live can affect limit that. Climate change is becoming more obvious—it now includes a noticeable mental health aspect.
Published 07/25/22
Is fitness and living longer all to do with how much you eat and how much you exercerise?
Published 07/18/22
There is still some lack of clarity on the value of getting a fourth dose of vaccine—and this is against a backdrop of too few people even getting a third dose.
Published 07/18/22
Some immunologists have been troubled that COVID-19 is not behaving as expected. Norman talks with an internationally respected immunologist who has spent his career studying how white blood cells in the immune system protect us.
Published 07/18/22
Some immunologists are concerned that COVID-19 is not travelling as expected. An internationally respected immunologist had four doses of COVID vaccine but now recovering from heart failure after getting the virus. There are still community questions about the value of getting a fourth vaccine dose—we asked a vaccine development expert to explain why you should. Fitness and living longer are more than just how much you eat and how much you exercise?
Published 07/18/22
Many people are told to take a vitamin D supplement, especially in winter when there's less sunshine, but you can have too much of it. We unpack the story of a UK man admitted to hospital with Vitamin D toxicity—caused by taking far more than the recommended daily intake.
Published 07/11/22
Sepsis is a condition claiming thousands of Australian lives each year, but especially in the early stages its symptoms are very vague. Now, the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare has created a national clinical care standard for diagnosis and treatment. And we hear a sepsis patient's story—Caitlin was dubbed 'mystery girl' by the medical team treating her.
Published 07/11/22
In 2009 Australia launched a National Preventive Health Strategy with the aim of being the healthiest country in the world by 2020—where we're at with it now. The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare has created a national clinical care standard for diagnosis and treatment. Many people are told to take a vitamin D supplement, especially in winter when there's less sunshine, but you can have too much of it.
Published 07/11/22
In 2009 Australia launched a National Preventive Health Strategy with the aim of being the healthiest country in the world by 2020. The strategy focused on tobacco use, alcohol use, and obesity. Although on tobacco and alcohol we're improving, the situation for obesity has worsened.
Published 07/11/22
In 2009 Australia launched a National Preventive Health Strategy with the aim of being the healthiest country in the world by 2020—where we're at with it now. The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare has created a national clinical care standard for diagnosis and treatment. Many people are told to take a vitamin D supplement, especially in winter when there's less sunshine, but you can have too much of it.
Published 07/11/22
One of the measures taken to prevent virus transmission has been social distancing and lockdown, but these can have their own negative health impact. A study on the behaviour of teens undertaken during the pandemic identified some of the particular health risks for this group.
Published 07/04/22
People with Type 1 diabetes need to monitor what's going on with their bodies because they can't make insulin—and it's vital in maintaining blood glucose. An imbalance can be dangerous and damage blood vessels, nerves, and kidneys.
Published 07/04/22
Updated versions of coronavirus vaccines targeting the Omicron variant have recently been announced by Pfizer and Moderna. There's been an impressive turnaround time and yet still the virus has continued to mutate.
Published 07/04/22
Australia has many stories from people who say they have long COVID but who are unable to access help | Updated versions of coronavirus vaccines targeting the Omicron variant have been announced, yet the virus still mutates | People with Type 1 diabetes need to monitor their blood glucose but automatic systems are being trialled to assist them | A study on the behaviour of teens undertaken during the pandemic identified some of the particular health risks for this group.
Published 07/04/22
Australia has recorded a lot of COVID-19 cases, and about 10 per cent of affected people have had prolonged symptoms, consequently there are many stories from those who say they have long COVID but unable to access help.
Published 07/04/22
Australia has many stories from people who say they have long COVID but who are unable to access help | Updated versions of coronavirus vaccines targeting the Omicron variant have been announced, yet the virus still mutates | People with Type 1 diabetes need to monitor their blood glucose but automatic systems are being trialled to assist them | A study on the behaviour of teens undertaken during the pandemic identified some of the particular health risks for this group.
Published 07/04/22
Research on links between mental health and premature mortality has some disturbing conclusions—a mental health disorder can impact future mental health as well as physical health.
Published 06/27/22
The risk factors for heart disease or stroke are often high blood pressure, cholesterol, and maybe smoking. But Indigenous people think that the wisdom of culture can help combat these negative elements.
Published 06/27/22
Does Australia need a Disease Control Centre? How would it operate, and what work would be done there?
Published 06/27/22
What an Australian Centre for Disease Control might aim to be; An Indigenous perspective and research to engage culture for protection against cardiovascular disease and stroke; Research on links between mental health and mortality concludes that both mental and physical health can be adversely impacted.
Published 06/27/22
About one in 10 Australians have osteoarthritis — it's caused by the wear and tear of the cushioning in your body's joints, and it can be painful to the point of being debilitating.
Published 06/20/22
We know healthy food is good for our body, but evidence shows it's good for our mind too, and the peak body for dietetics in Australia wants nutrition help to be covered by Medicare in mental health plans.
Published 06/20/22