New research has shed light on the mechanisms in the brain that can lead depressed people to dwell on negative thoughts.

A new report card for global aid reveals Australians are an altruistic bunch, saving the lives of 230,000 children since the year 2000.

Antibiotic resistance genes are spreading to Australian wildlife, including captive sea lions and rock wallabies, and the little penguins of Sydney Harbour.

Despite Australia’s relatively high rate of cannabis use, new figures show most are strongly opposed to it.

Academics have slammed pharmaceutical giants for squabbling over intellectual property for new life-saving medicines, while victims of disease are dying.

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is looking at changes to its ethical guidelines for assisted reproduction technology (ART).

Experts say a nationwide salt reduction target could cut rates of cardiovascular disease.

The World Health Organisation is investigating when and where to use an exciting new malaria vaccine.

Software company Global Health Limited (GHL) is suing the South Australian Government for continuing to use the CHIRON patient management program without a valid licence.

The Chiropractors Association of Australia has been rocked by the resignation of one of its top people, after claims of unauthorised hospital visits to treat a baby.

Media reports suggest that the personal medical records of asylum seekers have been handed over to Australia’s immigration department for “political purposes”.

An Australian researcher says the revival of an Aboriginal language in South Australia could bring mental health benefits.

News South Wales Premier Mike Baird has made his pitch in the much-awaited yet much-avoided GST conversation, arguing the rate should be increased to 15 per cent to pay for better healthcare.

Researchers in the US have identified new drug compounds that could successfully treat depression in less than 24 hours, while minimising side effects.

The Greens are pushing for Australian authorities to take on a Portuguese program that approaches drug addiction as a health issue, not a criminal one.

A new research project has seen scientists wirelessly determine the path a mouse walks with a press of a button.

A study from the US suggests children can be prompted to consume more unhealthy foods by seeing plump cartoon characters.

Tasmania’s Opposition is sounding an alarm about the conditions imposed on the state’s paramedics.

An odd looking but very useful Australian invention is touring the world.

A Tasmanian study has revealed that doctors and nurses who regularly share mobile phones in hospital wards could be putting their patients at risk, by spreading disease and infections.

Victoria has opened its first antibiotic allergy testing centre, which is set to provide patients at high risk of infection access to more potent and effective drugs.

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