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Why Mexican immigrants are healthier than their US-born peers

Why Mexican immigrants are healthier than their US-born peers

Supporters of Donald Trump’s wall might have us believe that Mexicans who enter the US illegally carry disease and take advantage of America’s healthcare system. But several large…

A doctor’s sexual advances towards a patient are never ok, even if ‘consensual’

A doctor’s sexual advances towards a patient are never ok, even if ‘consensual’

    In a recent independent review, I recommended chaperones no longer be used as an interim protective measure to keep patients safe while allegations of sexual misconduct by a…

How new hepatitis C drugs could tackle liver cancer, too

How new hepatitis C drugs could tackle liver cancer, too

Wider availability of newer hepatitis C drugs may not only lead to fewer cases of this blood-borne disease, but may also slow the rise in related liver cancer. But…

You may die sooner than we thought. but here’s why that might be a good thing

You may die sooner than we thought. but here’s why that might be a good thing

Most people wonder how long they have left on this world, and what they’ll do with that time, but few people are as preoccupied with mortality as the professionals…

What is ‘success’ in drug rehab? Programs need more than just anecdotes to prove they work

What is ‘success’ in drug rehab? Programs need more than just anecdotes to prove they work

This week’s Australian Story was a compelling narrative of redemption. After a long history of problem drug use and related crime, Peter Lyndon-James’s life was turned around…

Why South Africa should follow Portugal and decriminalise drug use

Why South Africa should follow Portugal and decriminalise drug use

  In 2015 I started joining police in the South African port city of Durban on their “drug operations”. Most of my journeys were at night. They focused mainly on…

‘Record seizure’ headlines mark another false step in misguided war on drugs

‘Record seizure’ headlines mark another false step in misguided war on drugs

The announcement this week of the largest seizure of methamphetamine in Australian history has been accompanied by a familiar chorus of uncritical and often sensationalised media reporting. The “street value…

How we discovered that a common antibiotic may be able to treat post-traumatic stress disorder

How we discovered that a common antibiotic may be able to treat post-traumatic stress disorder

Doxycycline is a cheap, widely available antibiotic. It is used to treat everything from acne to urinary tract infections. This humble little pill, we have now discovered, might also be…

Despite escalating prescriptions, nerve pain drug offers no relief for sciatica

Despite escalating prescriptions, nerve pain drug offers no relief for sciatica

  Sciatica is a disabling condition characterised by pain in the leg along the distribution of the sciatic nerve. It can be accompanied by back pain, tingling, numbness, reduced strength…

Rodrigo Duterte relaunches Philippine drug war despite calls for investigation

Rodrigo Duterte relaunches Philippine drug war despite calls for investigation

  Phelim Kine, City University of New York Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to continue his “war on drugs” in spite of growing calls for an investigation into his…

Duterte’s war on drugs: bitter lessons from Thailand’s failed campaign

Duterte’s war on drugs: bitter lessons from Thailand’s failed campaign

The body count from Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs” is growing by the day. While he’s not the first national leader to condone violence and extrajudicial…