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Electromagnetic radiation health concerns

The March edition of the EMR (electromagnetic radiation) newsletter contained articles stating that the amount of radiation and wi-fi signals in the air could be doing serious damage to our health on multiple levels. Quentin Strauli got a hold of the newsletter's editor Lyn McLean to find out more about these assertions.

Schizophrenia and treatment

Schizophrenia is a condition that affects less than 1% of the population and is poorly understood and represented by the media and general public. What's the reality of schizophrenia, and what alternative treatments to dangerous anti-psychotics exist? Sam Baran spoke with Dr Erica Neill from Monash University to find out.

Towards integrated health care

Australia's population is ageing, bringing with it a host of chronic conditions that require continuous and recurrent treatment. However, is Australia's fragmented health care system equipped to handle the need for efficient communication and cooperation between state, federal and private health care systems? Sam Baran speaks with Professor Stephen Leeder from the Menzies Centre for Health Policy about the benefits, drawbacks and reality of an integrated health care system.

Inactivity on the rise

There is no question that in our modern society we are leading increasingly sedentary lives, spending far more time indoors and sitting down than at any point in the past. While technology is an easy scapegoat and has certainly played a role in this shift, there are a number of other reasons for the change. Sam Baran speaks with Timothy Olds, Professor of Health Sciences at the University of South Australia, to find out more.

Placebo antidepressants aid positive thinking

Placebos are sham treatments that lack an active drug. However, research is emerging that indicates that the outcome of treatment, at least for cases of mild depression, may be just as good for a placebo as for currently prescribed medications. More surprisingly, it may not even depend upon patients being unaware that they are taking placebos. Sam Baran discussed the exciting possibilities with Dr Paul Biegler from Monash University.

High blood pressure no call for overprescription

Hypertension, or consistently raised blood pressure, is a serious problem that can be effectively treated by particular prescription medication. However, the benefit of these medications in moderate risk cases is far less clear. Sam Baran speaks with Professor Brett Montgomery from the University of Western Australia to find out if this is reasonable prescription or reckless overprescription.

Children also suffer from domestic violence

Domestic violence is a huge problem in Australia and across the world. Children are often affected not only by physical abuse, but also by violent words, threats, and negligence. Sam Baran speaks with Professor Jayashri Kulkarni, Director of the Monash Alfred Psychiatric Research Centre, to find out more.

Obesity a burden on the socially disadvantaged

Obesity is a large and growing problem across the world, and Australia is no exception. But why is it more prevalent among those in socially disadvantaged situations? Sam Baran talks with Lareen Newman, a Senior Research Fellow at Flinders University, to find out.

E-cigarettes an unknown that need to be controlled

E-cigarettes vaporise nicotine and deliver it directly to our system, hopefully avoiding the nasty chemicals found in conventional cigarettes. However, they are relatively new and their long-term health effects are still unknown. Sam Baran discusses the issues of health and control with Professor Wayne Hall, Director of the University of Queensland Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research.

Budget cuts deep for mental health sufferers

Australians requiring acute mental health services are likely to suffer as a result of the 2014 Federal budget. Psychologists say the decision to introduce a $7 co-payment for GP visits will ultimately have a more severe impact on those living with a mental illness, and will prevent them from seeking help. Mark Brook reports.

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