it’s safest to avoid e-cigarettes altogether – unless vaping is helping you quit smoking

It’s safest to avoid e-cigarettes altogether – unless vaping is helping you quit smoking

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The recent vaping-related deaths in the US have brought the issue into the spotlight around the world. From shutterstock.com Health authorities in the United States are investigating 530 cases of lung illness, including seven deaths, reportedly connected to vaping....

A Forgotten Truth or one Being Buried

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My father is in his eighties and lives in Perth, every morning he walks up a hill and sits down for a few minutes and looks over the city.    Every time I’m over there...

Why is there a March being organized to support a new Australian play?

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Michael, on the March  Welcome to the Revolution When I was young I remember watching the news and seeing women burning their bras. It was a time when Germaine Greer was clearly our era’s Joan of...
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Melbourne Marooned March

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Remarkably, "Dads Who Care" a facebook group, are organising a March In Melbourne to support the play.  They are getting people to meet at Federation Square on the 21st of September, at 12pm, then...
what tim fischer’s cancer tells us about the impact of agent orange on other vietnam veterans

What Tim Fischer’s cancer tells us about the impact of Agent Orange on other...

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Fischer believed his immunity broke down a lot more quickly as a direct consequence of his exposure to Agent Orange in the Vietnam war. AAP/Alex Murray Much loved former deputy prime minister Tim Fischer, who died last...
will eating chicken reduce your risk of breast cancer?

Will eating chicken reduce your risk of breast cancer?

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While this research has merit, it doesn’t exactly tell us eating chicken reduces risk of breast cancer. From shutterstock.com You might have seen headlines recently claiming eating chicken reduces a person’s risk of breast cancer. These reports...
what is herd immunity and how many people need to be vaccinated to protect a community?

What is herd immunity and how many people need to be vaccinated to protect...

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The vaccine coverage needed for herd immunity varies from disease to disease. Ryoji Iwata/Unsplash The term herd immunity comes from the observation of how a herd of buffalo forms a circle, with the...
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Youth Sailing Program Helps Young People Navigate Life’s Challenges

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Balmoral Sailing Club, run by Jono and Sylvie Allen for the past 28 years, holds many programs and lessons that help young people navigate life’s challenges.  Learn to sail and school holiday programs are included...
media hype and increased testing: this year’s flu numbers are high, but there’s more to the story

Media hype and increased testing: this year’s flu numbers are high, but there’s more...

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The media suggests we’re in the midst of a horror flu season, but there are nuances to consider. From shutterstock.com Over recent months, the news has been saturated with headlines claiming we’re experiencing a “killer...
it’s a bad year for flu, but it’s too early to call it the worst ever – 5 charts on the 2019 season so far

It’s a bad year for flu, but it’s too early to call it the...

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The impact of the flu on a population can be measured by looking at figures including cases, hospitalisations and deaths. From shutterstock.com From early this year it’s been apparent the 2019 Australian influenza “season” was...