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Optimism in the face of death

Optimism in the face of death

Each day I wake up feeling grateful to God for being here and for what I have. My bedroom is festooned with cards and presents from people who love me and I look out through the window onto the lawn where my 13 chickens are pecking about contentedly in the ...

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Placebos: the future of medical treatment?

Placebos: the future of medical treatment?

Mums count on it when they kiss their children’s injuries better and many involved in natural medicine admit to having faith in the concept. And with more and more research scientifically verifying its presence, practitioners of conventional medicine are being called to embrace the power of the placebo effect. It ...

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Help for heavy periods

Help for heavy periods

About one in three women experience heavy bleeding when they have their period. Researchers at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne have now been given a $500,000 National Health and Medical Research Council grant to help find new ways to manage the problem. “This is a serious condition that affects ...

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Warning for serial desk-eaters

Warning for serial desk-eaters

Bad news for those who regularly eat lunch glued to their computers: you have twice the chance of developing deep-vein thrombosis (DVT), a potentially fatal blood clot. A recent New Zealand study done on 400 workers found that deskbound eaters had a 2.2-fold increased risk of blood clots. Earlier research ...

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Online diagnosis: are you a cyberchondriac?

Online diagnosis: are you a cyberchondriac?

We’ve all done it: had a health query and jumped online to find out more. But when Charlotte MacNeil, 36, did it she managed to persuade herself she had “mad cow” disease. “I moved to the UK in the 1990s, when hysteria surrounding Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), the human strain of ...

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A breakthrough for arthritic knees

A breakthrough for arthritic knees

Figures from the National Joint Replacement Registry show that the number of knee replacement surgeries since 2003 has soared by almost 55 per cent. The spike in surgeries is largely a result of an increase in those affected by osteoarthritis – the most common form of arthritis that represents more ...

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What is cancer of unknown primary?

What is cancer of unknown primary?

Ribbon days, pin days, moustache months – cancer awareness in Australia has never been higher. But imagine being diagnosed with the sixth most deadly cancer in the nation, only to discover there are no “days” for it, no specialists dedicated to its treatment, no support groups or networks. In short, ...

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Household chemical health risk

Household chemical health risk

Yet another report has linked some everyday chemicals with increases incancers, diabetes, obesity, falling male fertility and a number of neurological problems in both humans and animals. In May, the European Environment Agency (EEA) released a review which made a direct connection between endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and health problems. EDCs ...

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Life-saving cancer breakthrough

Life-saving cancer breakthrough

Patient trials for a revolutionary new cancer treatment discovered by Melbourne researchers could begin within the year. In research published in the journal Cancer Cell, scientists claim that the new drug can be used to kill leukaemia and lymphoma cells by blocking their protein production. This would effectively eliminate the ...

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Breakthrough drug stops Alzheimer’s

Breakthrough drug stops Alzheimer's

A new drug that stops the devastating symptoms of Alzheimer’s diseaseis being developed by scientists. Early trials have shown it holds back memory loss, confusion and the inability to carry out daily tasks for three years. At present, the small number of drugs available can only treat the symptoms and ...

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