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an app to prevent pregnancy? don’t count on it

An app to prevent pregnancy? Don’t count on it

Fertility awareness apps assist women to track when they are at their most fertile each month. From shutterstock.com Fertility awareness apps are being championed as a new approach to contraception. In reality, while the technology...
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...

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...

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...
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...