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Amy Corderoy 6:30 AM Did you always picture yourself with a big family? You know, 2.5 kids, a dog, a back yard? Well now Dutch scientists have calculated at exactly what age you need to start trying to get pregnant to have the best chance of realising your dream.
Amy Corderoy The safety of more than 11,000 Aboriginal patients will be put at risk by the closure of a specialist medical service in Sydney's west, a psychiatrist claims.
Julia Medew, Health Editor Jay Franklin has a ticket to die. Last year, The 37-year-old became one of the few Australians to be accepted by Swiss euthanasia clinic, Dignitas, for an assisted death.
Harriet Alexander A Family Court order that prohibits parents from smoking around their young son reflects a tendency to intervene on behalf of children's health, researchers say.
Harriet Alexander Already bent out of shape and weathering trauma from external forces, the peak body for chiropractors has now lost its head.
Amy Corderoy A sharp rise in the number of women who end up in hospital because of severe self-harm has prompted Suicide Prevention Australia to call for more to be done to help suicidal women.
Amy Corderoy More than 60 per cent of Sydney's maternity hospitals have seen an increase in the number of women who have had medical intervention in childbirth over the past five years, failing to meet ambitious targets to increase intervention-free birth in the state.
Harriet Alexander An Iranian toddler detained on Nauru had visible signs of tuberculosis for three months before medical tests were ordered and was then forced to wait three weeks for medication to arrive.
Amy Corderoy It was picture-perfect: Intense, emotional and 'excruciatingly painful', but also everything Libby Nathan had hoped for.
Harriet Alexander Couples using IVF may be able to choose the gender of their babies and women could be financially compensated for donating their eggs in a radical reshaping of the ethical guidelines surrounding assisted reproductive technology.
Andrew Masterson Medical researchers in developed nations agree food allergies have boomed over the past two decades. But no one knows why.
Sarah Whyte Australia is heading towards a "US style" healthcare system, the president of the Australian Medical Association has warned, saying the behaviour of private health insurance giant Medibank is "offensive".
Amy Corderoy "It just got to the point that I was just thinking it would be so much easier if it was all over," Sandra* says of the nearly 15 years she spent caring for her father at home.
Amanda Salis The answer lies in some of the processes that happen inside your body when it needs food.
Craig Butt Academics call for non-invasive prenatal test carried out at about 10 weeks to be made more widely available.
Julia Medew A baby girl who died two hours after birth would have had a greater chance of survival if her mother's obstetrician made better decisions while caring for her at a small Victorian hospital, a coroner has found.
Harriet Alexander A television advertisement for Fanta that features animated teenagers likening the drink to roller coaster rides, bubbles and dancing will no longer screen in Australia after the Advertising Standards Board found it was marketed towards children.
Amy Corderoy Patients who have serious cosmetic surgery such as breast augmentation and facelift in unregulated private rooms could be at risk of serious complications and even death, doctors have warned.
Harry Wallop Developed during the Great War, plastic surgery has changed the way we feel about the way we look.
Craig Butt Twenty-six-year-old Lucas Taylor took his own life after taking Nembutal more than three years ago, but he still gets Exit International's email newsletter.
Craig Butt, Health Reporter New data shows 120 people died by after taking Nembutal – dubbed the "peaceful pill" – between July 2000 and December 2012.
Julia Medew, Health Editor More people are having electrical implants put into their spines to try to control debilitating pain as "bioelectrics" start to rival drugs for many afflictions.
Inga Ting, Fergus Hunter Indigenous Australia would have the 12th-highest suicide rate if it was ranked alongside the world’s sovereign states.