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the tga’s proposed breast implant ban exposes a litany of failures, and fails to protect women

The TGA’s proposed breast implant ban exposes a litany of failures, and fails to...

It’s not just women who are the losers following the latest TGA announcement. People with all types of medical devices need better regulatory protection. from www.shutterstock.com The proposed ban on some textured breast implants announced by the Australian...

There are not many good news stories about suicide but this is one

There are not many local good news stories about suicide, but we are one of them. His name was Guy May. He was tall, talented and an actor who had been Neighbors, and he was...

Go home on time! Working long hours increases your chance of having a stroke

Is it time to cut back on overtime? Annie Spratt Australia is in the bottom third of OECD countries when it comes to working long hours, with 13% of us clocking up 50 hours or more a week...

We’re not just living for longer – but we’re staying healthier for longer, too

Improvements in heart health accounted for more than half of the improvements in our overall health. From shutterstock.com In the 12 years to 2015, life expectancy in Australia increased by 2.3 years for men (to...

Health Check: why do women live longer than men?

Biology and behaviour can explain why men tend to die younger than women. From shutterstock.com In Australia, an average baby boy born in 2016 could expect to live to 80, while a baby girl born at the...

Had pre-eclampsia in pregnancy? These 5 things will lower your risk of heart disease

Women who have had pre-eclampsia have twice the risk of heart disease throughout their lifetime than their peers. From shutterstock.com Pre-eclampsia is a serious condition triggered by pregnancy that starts with an increase in blood pressure...

Over-the-counter contraceptive pill could save the health system $96 million a year

More women would favour the pill over less reliable forms of contraception if it was available without prescription. Image Point Fr/Shutterstock For many young women who take the contraceptive pill and don’t experience any side...

Health Check: what causes constipation?

When you’re constipated, you have hard or lumpy stools that are difficult to pass. Shutterstock Most people have experienced being blocked up from time to time, whether it’s while travelling, after taking painkillers, or when...

We can’t predict how bad this year’s flu season will be but here’s what...

The flu comes on rapidly and symptoms get worse over the first few days. Shutterstock Influenza illness – or the flu – is a caused by the influenza virus. It often comes on rapidly, with a...

When’s the best time to get your flu shot?

What goes up must come down, and that includes the protection the flu vaccine offers against influenza. Irina Bg/Shutterstock When most of us get the flu, we spend three or four days on the couch...