Health

It’s a fallacy that all Australians have access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene

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Nations are gathering in New York this week to discuss the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aim to improve health, wealth and well-being for countries both rich and poor. Nina Lansbury Hall Cindy Shannon Paul Jagals The Conversation As a developed nation, it might be assumed that Australia will easily meet these new goals at home – including goal number 6, to… But the unpalatable truth is… It’s a fallacy… Read More »

IUPUI prof warns about danger of guns — and it’s not what you think

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Few would dispute that a gun, when used improperly, can be dangerous to your health. Shari Rudavsky INDYSTAR But a new study shows that guns, even when fired as safely as possible, can hurt you. The study by an IUPUI scientist and colleagues found that firing a gun at a shooting range, either indoors or outdoors, releases a high level of lead-filled dust that coats the… IUPUI prof warns… Read More »

Anti-Vaxxers Brought Their War to Minnesota—Then Came Measles

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MINNEAPOLIS — ON the first Saturday this May, residents of the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood socialized in the shadows of their towering public housing complexes. wired Chattering men sat for haircuts while head-scarved women shopped the stalls lining the blue-bricked Riverside Mall. At nearby Currie… Anti-Vaxxers Brought… Read More »

‘Keep at it, it’s great’: Turnbull praises Trump for major step in dismantling Obamacare

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‘ Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has praised President Donald Trump for winning a vote that marks a major step towards dismantling Obamacare. 9news © Nine Digital Pty Ltd 2017 Mr Turnbull began his remarks at a commemoration dinner marking the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea by congratulating the president on his bid to roll back Barack… “Well done, congratulations,” Mr Turnbull… ‘Keep at it… Read More »

Obamacare v Republican plan compared

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Republican politicians have campaigned on repealing President Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms pretty much since they were enacted in 2010. Anthony Zurcher BBC Now, with a governing majority, they’ve had to come up with a replacement plan – a task that has proved much more challenging than they may have imagined. Here’s a look at some key differences between the existing law, informally known as Obamacare, and the… Obamacare v Republican… Read More »

Meet the world’s most powerful doctor: Bill Gates

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The software mogul’s sway over the World Health Organization spurs criticism about misplaced priorities and undue influence. NATALIE HUET AND CARMEN PAUN Politico Some billionaires are satisfied with buying themselves an island. Bill Gates got a United Nations health agency in Geneva. Over the past decade, the… Meet the world’s… Read More »

Aspirin May Prevent Cancer from Spreading, New Research Shows

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In addition to relieving headaches and preventing heart attacks, the drug seems to keep malignant cells from… Viviane Callier | Scientific American May 2017 Issue Scientific American If ever there was a wonder drug, aspirin might be it. Originally derived from the leaves of the willow tree, this mainstay of the family medicine cabinet has been… Indeed, the drug is so popular that annual consumption worldwide totals about 120 billion… Aspirin May Prevent… Read More »

Children are being damaged in detention – Australia’s day of reckoning will come

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In the tangle of debate about asylum seekers some things are… Katie Robertson The Guardian There is no excuse for damaging children in our… It’s been just over three years since I met her for the first time on a frantic visit to Christmas… Given just a small window of time by the department of immigration to see her family among many suffering under the conditions of… Children are being… Read More »

The Wellness Syndrome

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Today, wellness is ubiquitous; it dictates how we work, consume, relate and… ABC (view full episode) At universities across America, students are being encouraged to sign wellness contracts, agreeing to pursue a lifestyle that enhances mind, body and… But what happens when feeling good becomes indistinguishable from being… When wellness becomes a… The Wellness… Read More »

Italy may have a struggling economy but its people are the healthiest in the world

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The Italian economy may not be in great shape, but Italians certainly are, according to a ranking of the world’s healthiest nations. Rosamond Hutt World Economic Forum The Bloomberg Global Health Index ranks Italy top of 163 countries, followed by Iceland, Switzerland, Singapore and Australia. While Italian babies can expect to live into their eighties, at the other end of the scale in Sierra Leone, life expectancy is just… Italy may have… Read More »

Stressed out Scots teachers ‘turning to drink and drugs’

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Stress at work is leading some teachers to become increasingly reliant on caffeine, alcohol and prescription drugs, while a number have seen relationships break down, according to a… SARAH BRADLEY The Scotsman The NASUWT survey indicates that more than four-fifths of school staff in the UK (83 per cent) think that their job has had a negative impact on… Union leaders have also… Stressed out Scots… Read More »

Doctors will have right to refuse assisted death requests under planned reforms

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Doctors will have the right to refuse to help terminally ill patients who wish to die provided they don’t obstruct people from seeking… Farrah Tomazin The Age In a high-level report to be considered by cabinet, an expert panel is set to recommend allowing doctors to hold a “conscientious… But medical clinicians who are willing to help patients end their life may be… Doctors will have… Read More »

Organ Donation: A Modern Act of Heroism

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“Live a Legacy of Life. Be an Organ Donor” Is there anything more heroic than saving a life? Marios Prikis University of Vermont Whether, it’s saving a child from drowning or pulling a driver from car wreckage, we are fascinated and profoundly moved by people who perform selfless acts on behalf of others. When it comes to donating an organ however, many consider this form of selflessness as… Organ Donation: A… Read More »

A healthy environment means healthy citizens and a more vibrant EU

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Europeans have some of the highest rates of anxiety, depression and other non-infectious diseases in the world. Today, on World Health Day, nature is an overlooked remedy, argues Magda Stoczkiewicz. Magda Stoczkiewicz Euractiv Every year, a quarter of Europeans suffer from depression or anxiety – accounting for half of all chronic sick leave. These, alongside other… A healthy environment… Read More »

Is the American Dream killing us?

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It isn’t often that economics raises the most profound questions of human existence, but the recent work of economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton (wife and husband, both of Princeton University) comes close. Robert J. Samuelson The Washington Post You may recall that a few years ago, Case and Deaton reported the startling finding that the death rates of non-Hispanic middle-aged whites had gotten worse — they were dying younger. The results were… Is the American… Read More »

Cecile Richards Thinks Women Need Drugs To Compete With Men

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Planned Parenthood’s president once again reveals feminists’ low regard for women’s unique creative capacities and contributions. Georgi Boorman The Federalist We knew that self-awareness isn’t exactly a defining characteristic of progressive Twitter crusades, but Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards blundered into a feminist faux pas recently. Richards was Twitter… Cecile Richards Thinks… Read More »