Scipione Riva-Rocci’s sphygmomanometer

It was an English clergyman called Stephen Hales, better known for his pioneering work in botany, who first measured blood pressure by inserting a thin pipe into the artery of a horse in 1733.


Neil Bramwell20th March 2019

Aside from Labor’s effective (but inaccurate) ‘Mediscare’ campaign in the run-up to the last federal election, recent polls have been largely devoid of discussions around health policy.

The recent

I remember Grandpa Larry’s visits remarkably vividly. He would lumber into the house hunched over, grunting loudly and reeking of cigarettes.

He was unshaven and haggard, with wild grey-black hair

The web page for Google Flu Trends is an internet monument to a digital health idea that failed.

Google once claimed it could predict flu outbreaks based on search number for flu-like symptoms with

Little by little, general practice is having its autonomy chipped away. This time it is not another healthcare professional wanting to encroach on our scope of practice, but rather, our tools are

There is a lot of talk about team-based care nowadays, and I have seen some shining examples of that, most recently when a patient at my clinic had a suicide in the family.

But at the same time,

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15th March 2019

I have just started a new part-time gig in Darwin educating medical students.

It’s pretty easy, really. Eighty per cent of it is just being an enthusiastic lecturer, although the remaining 30% does

Remember the global outrage four months ago at world-first claims a researcher had used the gene-editing tool CRISPR to edit the genomes of twin girls?

The molecular scissors known as CRISPR (CRISPR

For a patient with a mystery condition in need of diagnosis, can there ever be such a thing as too many doctors on the case?

That was the question recently considered by researchers from Harvard

The French national birth-defect agency REMERA recently identified clusters of children born with malformed limbs in three rural regions in France. Each cluster has 3-8 children with malformations

The concept of setting a minimum time for GPs to complete a management plan under a team care arrangement is preposterous.

There, I said it. And here’s why.

This time-punch idea has been suggested