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Julia Medew 12:15 AM For the past four years, Andrew Brough and Simon Curtis' quest to have a baby has been a costly global mission.
Daisy Dumas 12:15 AM Put simply, albeit rather alarmingly, every hour spent sitting in front of the television takes 22 minutes from your life. And, no matter how much you exercise, the jury is still out on whether its effects counter those sedentary moments spent watching TV or, say, eating, driving, and, as many of us do for 40-plus hours each week, working at a desk.
Amy Corderoy 12:01 PM A surgical oncologist has said Jessica Ainscough, a young woman who shunned conventional treatment for a rare form of cancer, was a victim of, and complicit in promoting, dangerous therapies.
Julia Medew Children watching cricket games on TV are being exposed to thousands of alcohol promotions over many hours because of a loophole in the television broadcasting code, an audit has found.
Henry Belot Women who smoke cigarettes while pregnant are putting their daughters at risk of developing ovarian and breast cancer, according to new research from the Australian National University.
Nicky Phillips Forget all the images you've seen in adult films and the 'lifelike' drawings scrawled on public bathrooms, there is now a scientific guide as to what constitutes an average penis size - and hopefully it will put some men at ease.
Paul Bibby Hip replacement surgery was supposed to give Sydney bus driver Joseph Pereira greater mobility, less pain and a better quality of life.
Julia Medew Dr Sonia Fullerton did something radical recently. Instead of writing up a patient's notes in medical jargon to send to other health professionals caring for that person, she decided to write the letter to the patient in layman's terms and then forward copies to their other carers to keep them in the loop.
Clare Kermond and Timna Jacks Parents who think their drinking doesn't impact on their children are probably fooling themselves. According to experts, every family, regardless of social class, should take a long hard look at their drinking habits.
Julia Medew Two children are being tested for Ebola at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne.
Nicky Phillips and Amy Corderoy Julie Cini had never heard of spinal muscular atrophy before her daughter Montanna was born, limp and floppy from the mostly fatal muscle wasting disease.
Julia Medew Funding for Victoria's 87 public hospitals is so tight that the Alfred, Royal Melbourne and Mercy hospitals literally ran out of cash last financial year, the state's Auditor General has revealed.
Henry Belot Two thirds of Australian smokers will be killed by their habit unless they are able to quit, according to a new study from the Australian National University.
Julia Medew Australian health authorities are reviewing the case for fluoride in drinking water amid concerns scientific evidence supporting the benefits and risks to people's health may have shifted in recent years.
A study has found that, contrary to previous advice, feeding foods containing peanuts to babies before 11 months of age may help prevent allergies, echoing some of the findings of Australian research.
Amy Corderoy Hospitals are being forced to cover up severe funding shortfalls in NSW by raising hundreds of millions of dollars in external revenue, the state's doctors say.
Kate Hagan, Health Reporter Careful planning can reduce the risks to mothers and babies of obese mothers giving birth, experts say.
Gina Mccoll Unforseeable outlier or epic public safety fail? That's the question on many consumers' nervous lips in the wake of last week's hepatitis A outbreak among people believed to have eaten brands of Patties Foods frozen raspberries grown and packed in China.
Tim Barlass CASE STUDY
Tim Barlass The first sign is when Julianne Moore playing Alice, a linguistics lecturer, is addressing an audience of academics.
Amy Corderoy Charging people upfront fees for healthcare leads to higher costs and worse health outcomes yet is repeatedly brought back to life, the long-serving former head of England's National Health Service says.
Esther Han The frozen berries maker embroiled in the national hepatitis A outbreak has been telling customers it does not always use Australian fruit because of "quality" concerns, outraging local growers.
Kate Hagan, Health Reporter Teenagers are spending more time on electronic devices including phones, tablets and laptops, raising concerns about fitness and obesity.