Health

Rise in prostate cancer raises alarm

A dramatic rise in the number of men being diagnosed with incurable prostate cancer in the US has raised alarm among Australian doctors. Surgeons from the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand fear there could be a similar increase in Australia due to a decline in testing for protein marker PSA. A new study shows the number of men ...

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Private health insurance: For the rich, paranoid and sick?

JUNE is here and with it another fun period of deliberately procrastinating finding out if you should buy health insurance. Who wants to spend Saturday — even a cold Saturday — making a spreadsheet of costs and benefits? There’s always Medicare, which you’re already paying for anyway. Why the heck would you fuss with the administration of buying insurance? Not ...

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Health: Caffeine proves disrupted lifestyle

According to NSW Health, caffeine may be credited as a drug; a stimulant drug. This form of a stimulant speeds up the process of which the brain and, accordingly, the nervous system function. There are numerous side effects which can be linked to caffeine – and consequently some side effects can be attributed heavily on the amount/intake of caffeine. Inclusive ...

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Female heart disease: The most serious health threat facing Australian women

EVERY hour, an Australian woman dies of heart disease. It kills three times as many women as breast cancer, yet research shows women are far more likely to get a mammogram than a heart health check. In fact, it kills more females every year in Australia than all the cancers combined. “Heart disease is the most serious health threat facing ...

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Scientists need to engage more with the public to secure funding

We live in an age when society is crying out for scientific solutions to global problems. Just a few of the many considerable challenges we face include the urgent need to transition to a carbon-free economy, the need for new drugs to combat disease and improved agricultural yields to meet the needs of a growing world population. But in parallel ...

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Getting the right treatment can prevent heart attacks – here’s how

Every year, more than 40,000 Australians die from heart disease. That’s almost a third of all deaths in Australia. Many more have a heart attack or stroke. A study published today in the Medical Journal of Australia shows that we could be doing much more to prevent this from happening. Patients who have already had a heart attack Around 1.1 ...

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Australian Children rank low in Health and Education

Edited by Nelly T. A new UNICEF report titled the ‘Fairness of Children’ was released in Thursday revealing Australia ranked 27th out of 35 in health equality outcomes among OECD countries and 24th our of 37th in education equality results. Australia is failing to give all children the best start in life said Mega Mitchell National Children’s Commissioner. “UNICEF’s report ...

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How children’s brains develop to make them right or left handed

As children grow older, they tend to favour one hand over the other for certain tasks, particularly for writing or drawing. A child’s “handedness” is generally categorised as right, left or mixed, and tends to settle around the same time they acquire language – about four-years-old. It remains a persistent characteristic throughout our life. We now know that a child’s ...

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World Health Day: WHO releases global report on diabetes

Edited by Nelly T. The World Health Organization has released its first ever-global report on diabetes to mark the occasion of World Health Day. The results were alarming. There has been a nearly four-fold increase in diabetes cases over the last quarter-century, excessive weight, obesity, aging and population growth being the chief reasons for this spike the World Health Organization ...

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The new breed of terrorists: criminals first, Islamists second

Media outlets were quick to note the criminal backgrounds of the perpetrators of last week’sBrussels terror attacks. Drawing comparisons with those who undertook the November 2015Paris attacks, this analysis suggested the rise of a new generation of terrorist recruits who are not “radical Islamists” but “Islamised radicals”. A closer analysis of the perpetrators of recent attacks suggests that Islamic State ...

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