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Value of pre-implantation genetic testing questioned

November 27, 2019

If you’re going through IVF, you may be offered a test to look at your embryos’ chromosomes.
Pre-implantation genetic testing for aneuploidy (chromosome abnormalities), known as PGT-A, is an “add on” used to help choose embryos with the right number of chromosomes. It’s promoted by IVF clinics as a way to …

Understanding urticaria and angioedema

Urticarial lesions are usually intensely pruritic welts that can be generalised or localised. They normally last less than 24 hours in the one place, being migratory, and leave no residual marks on the skin. Angioedema lesions may be uncomfortable or sometimes painful and occur in the deeper dermis or mucosa …

The secret powers of soup

November 20, 2019

In one of the more unusual studies seen in the medical journals of late, UK researchers have determined that some home cooked, family recipe broths actually have antimalarial properties.
The study, published in the Archives of Diseases of Childhood, involved the testing of 56 samples of broths which had been made …

Preventing allergy

November 19, 2019

We all know that the previous avoidance strategy to prevent young children developing food allergies has been turned on its head.
But out there in the real world, many new parents remain very nervous about feeding their six-month-old cooked egg or letting them taste peanut butter.
As much as we would like …

Is social media damaging to children and teens? We asked five experts

If you have kids, chances are you’ve worried about their presence on social media.
Who are they talking to? What are they posting? Are they being bullied? Do they spend too much time on it? Do they realise their friends’ lives aren’t as good as they look on Instagram?
We asked five …

Just Checking people with an intellectual disability

November 13, 2019

It is well-documented that people with an intellectual disability are less likely than the general population to participate in the currently available cancer screening programs.
This of course means they are needlessly at increased risk of dying from cervical, bowel or breast cancer.
To address this disparity, Family Planning NSW has developed …

Vaping-related lung disease: what you need to know

More than 2,000 people in the United States have developed serious lung damage in a poisoning outbreak associated with the use of vaping devices this year. At least 39 people have died from the condition.
Most of those affected are young men. Their symptoms, which developed over a few days to …

Eating stodge makes you sluggish

Complaints of excessive daytime sleepiness would have most doctors reaching for their referral pad to send the patient to the nearest sleep lab. However Australian research suggests another, more readily modifiable lifestyle factor might be to blame.
According to a large-scale epidemiological study, researchers from Flinders University determined a high intake …

Help for kids with mental illness

November 06, 2019

Kids Helpline has just launched a new mobile app for teenagers and young people with mental health issues.
Called ‘niggle by Kids Helpline’, the new app aims to help young people identify any mental health concern or ‘niggle’. It has been designed to be used in conjunction with Kids Helpline’s existing …

The problem with fertility apps

In years gone by, women would rely on the calendar on the wall to work out when their next menstrual cycle might occur. They would look to physical signs to tell them when they might be ovulating, and therefore when they’d be most likely to fall pregnant.
More recently, we’ve seen …

Run for your life

As they say in the classics – run Forrest, run!
New research shows people who run, regardless of how fast, how far or how often are likely to live longer than people who don’t.
According to a systematic review and meta-analysis including 14 studies and over 230,000 participants, running as exercise was …

Miscarriages affect 1 in 6 pregnancies. We need better investigations and treatments

October 30, 2019

A miscarriage is a devastating event. Those who experience them are suddenly and unexpectedly robbed of the promise of new life and the dream of an expanded family. The emotional toll can be even greater if conception was delayed, or if fertility treatments were required to achieve a pregnancy.
Many health …