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Thursday 3 April 2014
Health News

in brief: indigenous women face higher risk of breast cancer

Shannon O'Keefe
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The New South Wales Cancer Council has released a shocking statistic regarding Aboriginal women and breast cancer. According to their research Indigenous deaths due to breast cancer is almost one third higher than non-Indigenous women. They have also reported that Aboriginal women tend to be younger on average than other Australian women and present the…
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Sunday 30 March 2014
Health News

study finds disappointing HPV vaccination rates – particularly in new south wales

Bridget Conway
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Do you remember a few years back when the vaccination, Gardasil, was released? You probably do remember because (hopefully) you got the three free injections from your doctor as part of the Medicare scheme. I was slightly unlucky. I had my first two shots in America, and upon arriving in Australia, I did not yet…
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Saturday 29 March 2014
Featured Health Opinion

anorexia: a child’s disease?

Shannon O'Keefe
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“Body image” is arguably the biggest issue affecting today’s society. Anorexia, bulimia and obesity are all eating disorders and eating disorders do not discriminate. It doesn’t care if you are female or male, thin or fat and, most importantly, what age you are , which is what a young girl in the UK found out….
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Friday 14 March 2014
News

in brief: angelina jolie to have more preventative surgery for cancer

Sarah Iuliano
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Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie is set to undergo more surgery to reduce her risk of cancer. The 38-year-old underwent a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction last year, after being diagnosed with the gene BRCA1 which put her at an 87 per cent risk of developing breast cancer. This risk was much higher than the average…
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Thursday 13 March 2014
Health News

the second sex: studies show persistent gender gaps in medical research

Ally Van Schilt
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It has been twenty years since legislation was passed which required adequate female representation in medical studies; however, recent studies have shown that a significant gender gap continues to exist in medical research. Researchers at the Connor’s Centre for Women’s Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Jacobs Institute at George…
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Thursday 27 February 2014
Health News

rising use of methamphetamine among young women tied to desire to lose weight

Eileen McInnes
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The increased use of the methamphetamine, ice, has links to weight loss and body image problems, according to Triple J’s Hack program. ‘A bunch of callers and texters told us that ice isn’t just being used to get high, it is also being used to lose weight,’ said Sarah McVeigh. It isn’t a lie that…
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Thursday 27 February 2014
Get Involved Life World

my volunteering experience: the need for service provision for women and children in nepal

Heidi La Paglia
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In January 2014 I went on a volunteer trip to Nepal with an organisation called Student Volunteer Placement’s International (SVPI). SVPI is a relatively new organisation that was founded a few years ago by Neville and Banita, an Australian couple. On a visit to Nepal, the couple met Keshab, the manager of the Children’s Welfare…
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Tuesday 25 February 2014
Featured Health

identity crisis: my mental illness is not considered a disability in victoria – but should it be?

Naomi Snell
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The Victorian Disability Sector Awards (supported by the Victorian Government Department of Human Services) were designed to ‘celebrate the achievements of individuals, teams, organisations and businesses assisting people with disabilities to achieve their personal goals.’ However, the Awards have previously not accepted nominations for people who suffer mental illness. Not realising this, in 2012 I…
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Thursday 13 February 2014
Health News

in brief: study finds regular mammograms do not reduce breast cancer death rates

Ruby Grant
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A ground-breaking study has found that regular breast screens do not reduce death rates from breast cancer. BreastScreen Australia claims that regular mammograms can reduce breast cancer death rates among women aged 50-69 by one third. However, the Canadian study of around 90, 000 women between the ages of 40-59, conduced over 25 years, concluded that,…
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Saturday 1 February 2014
Health Sexuality

hero condoms: ‘have sex, save a life’

Bridget Conway
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‘Have sex, save a life’ – a simple tagline, one that could be misconstrued but that’s ok, because Hero condoms takes the joke head on in their ad which shows two people having sex thinking that it will save a man who’s choking on food. The tagline is really saying that if you buy a…
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Friday 24 January 2014
Health News

in brief: ain’t nobody got time fo’ high heel-related ED visits

Sarah Iuliano
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A  study of admissions to Victorian emergency departments has discovered 236 women were admitted with high heel-related injuries between 2006 and 2010. The figure does not include the 45 people stepped on by heels or 16 people assaulted with the weapon-grade shoes. The research lead by Melbourne podiatrist, Cylie Williams found men weren’t strangers to the…
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Wednesday 22 January 2014
Health News

in brief: study finds women shamed by doctors more than men

Matilda Mornane
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A pair of studies by the University of California, San Diego, published in the Basic and Applied Social Psychology journal, have found that women are more likely to feel shamed or guilted by their physicians than men are. Researchers for the study questioned a wide range of patients about their experiences with their doctors, asking…
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Thursday 16 January 2014
Health News

in brief: womb transplants give hope to women unable to conceive

Kezia Lubanszky
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Nine women in  Sweden have received womb transplants from relatives as part of a new trial. Leading the experiment is Dr Mats Brannstrom from the University of Gothenburg. He hopes the new technique will help other women who are unable to conceive. If successful, the transplant would benefit up to 15,000 women in the UK. Ten…
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Thursday 19 December 2013
News

in brief: finally an elixir to cure high heel pain

Sarah Iuliano
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An American plastic surgeon has created a product to numb the pain incurred while wearing high heels. Produced by Biochemistry, Dr Randal D. Haworth’s Heel No Pain spray boasts that ‘no matter how high your towering stilettos… high heel pain will soon be a thing of the past’. The product came about after Dr Haworth’s…
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