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Prescription monitoring is here, but we need to tread carefully to avoid unintended harms, says Suzanne Nielsen Suzanne Nielsen, Associate Professor and Deputy Director, Monash Addiction Research Centre, Monash University Drug-related deaths …

Over recent years, a number of products have emerged that claim to prevent or cure hangovers if consumed while drinking or the morning after… but do they really work? By …

Does EASEaCOLD really help to shorten your cold? Kim Murphy from Monash University reviews the evidence Kim Murphy, Immunology researcher, Monash University When we have a cold, which is caused by a number …

Pharmacists aren’t just dispensing machines, argues Associate Professor Helen Dickinson, UNSW Helen Dickinson Associate Professor, Public Service Research Group, UNSW Reforming pharmacy services and the role of pharmacists is one of the recommendations …

Alcohol increases cancer risk, but don’t trust the booze industry to give you the facts straight Terry Slevin, Adjunct Professor, School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, Curtin University; Education and Research Director, …

This drug is used to treat conditions involving inflammation such as asthma, arthritis and gout – but not rare kidney disease Nial Wheate, BPharm Coordinator and Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney Methylprednisolone …

The most-used method of measuring blood pressure is often inaccurate, writes James Sharman James Sharman, Professor of Medical Research and Deputy Director, Menzies Institute for Medical Research., University of Tasmania The …

New complementary medicine health claims lack evidence, so why are they even on the table? asks Dr Ken Harvey Dr Ken Harvey  is Associate Professor at the School of Public Health and …

Can turmeric really shrink tumours, reduce pain and kill bacteria? Gunveen Kaur, Lecturer In Nutritional Sciences, Deakin University Turmeric is a yellow coloured spice widely used in Indian and South East Asian …

The number of new flu viruses is increasing and could lead to a pandemic, say Australian epidemiologists C Raina MacIntyre, Professor of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology, Head of the School of Public Health and …

Benzodiazepines are prescribed for anxiety, but can cause more problems than they solve, argues Ben O’Mara Ben O’Mara, Adjunct Research Fellow, Swinburne University of Technology Benzodiazepines (such as Valium and Xanax) …

Australians’ attitudes to vaccination are more complex than a simple ‘pro’ or ‘anti’ label Julie Leask, Associate Professor, University of Sydney; Margie Danchin, Senior Research Fellow and General Paediatrician, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute; Nina …