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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....
women may find it tougher to get an abortion if the religious discrimination bill becomes law

Women may find it tougher to get an abortion if the religious discrimination bill...

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Women may need to shop around for a new doctor if the first one refuses to perform an abortion for religious reasons. from www.shutterstock.com If the Religious Discrimination Bill passes into law, women may find it harder...

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...
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...
why women are more likely to have dodgy hip implants or other medical devices

Why women are more likely to have dodgy hip implants or other medical devices

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Hip implants and other medical devices are not always designed with women in mind. from www.shutterstock.com The past year has seen wide concern about the safety of medical implants. Some of the worst scandals have involved...
want to avoid a botched beauty procedure? this is what you need to be wary of

Want to avoid a botched beauty procedure? This is what you need to be...

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Regulation doesn’t cover procedures performed in a beauty salon in the same way it does those performed on the operating table. From shutterstock.com Recent news that more than a dozen cosmetic beauty operators have been...
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...
an app to prevent pregnancy? don’t count on it

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

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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...

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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...