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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…

The myth of the college dropout

The myth of the college dropout

Jonathan Wai, Duke University and Heiner Rindermann, Chemnitz University of Technology When Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was asked to give this year’s commencement address at Harvard, he asked for…

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…

How to eat chocolate without piling on the pounds this Easter

How to eat chocolate without piling on the pounds this Easter

  Easter is once again upon us and for many people it is a time when a little more chocolate than usual is consumed. Chocolate gives many of us pleasure…

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…

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…

How do drugs work

How do drugs work

Whether a drug is prescribed by the doctor, bought over the counter or obtained illegally, we mostly take their mechanism of action for granted and trust they will do what…

Health Check: what makes it so hard to quit drugs?

Health Check: what makes it so hard to quit drugs?

Most people who use alcohol and other drugs do so infrequently and never become dependent (or “addicted” as it’s sometimes called). On average about 10% of people who use…

With legal pot comes a problem: How do we weed out impaired drivers?

With legal pot comes a problem: How do we weed out impaired drivers?

On Nov. 8 voters in California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada approved ballot measures to legalize recreational cannabis. It is now legal in a total of eight states. And this creates…

Alcoholism research: A virus could manipulate neurons to reduce the desire to drink

Alcoholism research: A virus could manipulate neurons to reduce the desire to drink

  About 17 million adults and more than 850,000 adolescents had some problems with alcohol in the United States in 2012. Long-term alcohol misuse could harm your liver…

MDMA is being trialled as a treatment for PSTD.

MDMA is being trialled as a treatment for PSTD.

Joseph Palamar, New York University Langone Medical Center On Nov. 30 the FDA approved a Phase III clinical trial to confirm the effectiveness of treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD…