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Thursday 23 March 2017
Featured Health

the gender pain gap: why we need a better focus on women’s health

Danika Kimball
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If you ask your doctor or physician about common heart attack symptoms, many would tell you to look for chest pain. But over the course of the past few decades, research has proven that heart attack symptoms may not be as clear cut as previously assumed. In fact, symptoms can vary greatly depending on your…
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Friday 30 December 2016
Featured Health

carrie fisher and the dark side of medicine

Emily Zinkin
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This year we’ve had to say goodbye to an unprecedented number of well-loved icons, and none have upset me more than the loss of Carrie Fisher. Having grown up on a steady diet of Star Wars, Princess Leia was a childhood hero of mine, and as I grew up Carrie became a hero to me…
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Wednesday 30 November 2016
Health Memoir

memoir: the bottom of the hill

Emma Brooker
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  Hills and more hills as far as the eye can see. On the outskirts of town, they ebb and they flow. Looking like a far off distant land you could easily explore and conquer like a Burke and Wills expedition. Why is it you feel like screaming and crying and dying as you walk…
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Friday 14 October 2016
Health News

in brief: mudgee goes pink for breast cancer

Eden Faithfull
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Mudgee, a town best known for its nationally celebrated varieties of red (think Shiraz) and white (Pinot Gris), has become the first town in Australia to “Go Pink”. Supporting the McGrath Foundation over the month of October to raise awareness and donations for victims of breast cancer, more than 250 businesses have joined in to…
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Wednesday 6 July 2016
Column Health Opinion

kill pill: part seventeen – exploding heart technique

Madeleine Ryan
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This is the final instalment of Kill Pill. To follow Madeleine’s personal journey, check out the archives. There’s something unsettling about this column ending on the number 17. My first thought was ‘they need to end on an even number’, then my second thought was, ‘well, nothing ends on an even number’. So here we…
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Wednesday 25 May 2016
Column Health Opinion

kill pill: part fourteen – the secret

Madeleine Ryan
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Kill Pill resumes after a one week hiatus as a fortnightly column. Be sure to check back regularly for instalments. I didn’t write about this when it happened because I didn’t want my parents to find out about it. I’m 27 going on 17. A very wise woman friend suggested that my body may be reverting…
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Wednesday 11 May 2016
Column Health Opinion

kill pill: part thirteen – the girl who does too much

Madeleine Ryan
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Eat, sleep, bleed, repeat. The last week has been an anomaly. It’s no wonder that menstruation can also be called a period, because the definition I found online under “physics” said a period was: The interval of time between successive occurrences of the same state in an oscillatory or cyclic phenomenon, such as a mechanical…
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Wednesday 4 May 2016
Column Health Opinion

kill pill: part twelve – meet your royal guinea pigness

Madeleine Ryan
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  Killing pill is like a spinning wheel and this little guinea-piggy finally landed on red. I got my first period after three months and only a withdrawal bleed to my name. The plot bloodies and thickens, as most timeless tales are wont to do. Given the focus of last week’s column, this is –…
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Wednesday 27 April 2016
featured Health

more reproductive choice with ellaOne

Eden Faithfull
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Content Warning: this article contains discussion of sexual assault It’s not an uncommon situation: you forget to take your contraceptive pill, the condom broke… you were simply too caught up in the heat of the moment andtheir wavy, Blake Lively-meets-Heath Ledger blonde locks that the condom was never considered in the first place. Emergency contraception…
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Wednesday 27 April 2016
Column Health Opinion

kill pill: part eleven (reclaimed) – ‘o pussy where art thou’

Madeleine Ryan
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Coming off the pill and the unexpected death of my pussycat has left me wondering what it means to truly love one’s pussy. Throughout my life, caring for my vagina has been about altering its appearance, or concealing its machinations somehow. I’ve been like a Sim waiting for directions. Stories about hair, or lack of…
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Wednesday 13 April 2016
Column Health Life

kill pill: part ten – pussy

Madeleine Ryan
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  This is a tribute to my favourite pussy.  A pussy I treated far better than my own. A pussy that taught my partner and I so much and, through his unexpected death this week, has weaved a delicate symmetry between his proud little life and my own mysterious pussy. This pussy was a bit…
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Wednesday 30 March 2016
Column Health Opinion

kill pill: part eight – the gatekeepers

Madeleine Ryan
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I have reached a new level in this game of Killing Pill. Before me are the gatekeepers who guard the unopened door; the unread chapter; the entrance to another realm of understanding and embodiment. They are moonlit, glowing women, who go by the name of The Fifth Vital Sign (or Kelsey Knight and Emily Varnam)….
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Thursday 24 March 2016
Featured Health Sexuality

contraception 101: choices, choices, choices

Sarah Iuliano
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  An introduction to contraceptive choices From the Ancient Egyptians’ use of crocodile dung to drinking hot mercury tea in Ancient China, people fearing an extra mouth to feed fretted over the best means to avoid bearing one. Contraception is a global, timeless issue which some big international players – most notably the United Nations –…
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Wednesday 23 March 2016
Column Health Opinion

kill pill: part seven – i see dead people

Madeleine Ryan
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    The veil has been lifted this week in No-Pill Land and I’m seeing the world much more clearly. It’s still my subjective experience of this realm we live in called Earth, but I feel awake, engaged and ready for action in it. Hello, good morning, rise and shine, time to get up because…
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