In a drawing room above his laboratory, chemist Humphry Davy threw quite the soiree. But his nitrous oxide parties were more than a rollicking good time: they led to the discovery of anaesthesia.
Eve van Grafhorst was almost three when she was diagnosed with HIV in 1985. Then she was banned from childcare, and eventually her family was hounded to New Zealand where they started a new life.
The newly discovered diaries of an Australian Army nurse describe in vivid detail the fear of young Anzacs and the camaraderie of women in World War I.
The modern caveman movement, paleo diets, digital detoxes and off-grid living all seek to get back to a natural way of life. But have humans ever really lived in harmony with their environment or is this notion just "paleofantasy"?
A mission to save a young boy's life, which has only just been uncovered, has re-written the history of penicillin and antibiotic use in Australia.
The stories of the 16 people buried in Ravenswood's forgotten cemetery have come to life as researchers investigate their identities ahead of the reinterment of their bodies.
It's a common refrain that our grandparents were raised in simpler, more natural times, before processed foods and ubiquitous screens gave us all sorts of lifestyle diseases. But how true is that assumption? Were our grandparents really healthier than us? Or are we just romanticising a bygone era?
Dr William McBride is credited with sounding the alarm about birth defects caused by the drug thalidomide. But Dr Norman Swan says his career was marred by taking credit for others' insights and producing fraudulent evidence.
Until the turn of this century, there was little sense in Western medicine that gender mattered. But in the last 20 years, mainstream medical research has begun to seriously explore gender differences and bias in academic and clinical medicine.
In the past your healthcare records were shredded or erased when you died, but now it's increasingly common for the data to be digitised and potentially held indefinitely. It's time to decide what happens to the data once we're gone.