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How to find a good app for mental health

November 09, 2016

Search for “stress”, “depression”, “anxiety”, or “mental health” in the app store on your mobile device and you are confronted with a bewildering array of options. Some apps claim to track your mood over time, while others claim to “cure” your mental ill health with hypnosis.
Apps hold amazing potential as …

Premature Ejaculation (PE)

November 02, 2016

Definition of PE
The most common ejaculation dysfunction is premature ejaculation which is defined as ejaculation which always or nearly always occurs prior to or within about one minute of penetration. This is associated with the inability to delay ejaculation on all or nearly all penetrations. The definition also involves the …

Essays on health: how food companies can sneak bias into scientific research

Should we eat breakfast every day? How much dairy should we have? Should we use artificial sweeteners to replace sugar? If we had the answers to these questions, we could address some of today’s biggest public health problems such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity.
Consumer choice is often guided …

How can doctors use technology to help them diagnose?

October 26, 2016

In Japan’s first reported case of artificial intelligence saving someone’s life, an AI has succeeded where a team of skilled human doctors did not. A woman with a rare type of leukaemia was correctly diagnosed by the AI. Even more remarkable, it took just ten minutes to compare the woman’s …

Have Computers Really Helped Educational Outcomes?

October 19, 2016

Recently, a primary school in Brisbane informed its Prep (Foundation) parents that all of its students would be required to have an iPad for school and this would be done at the parent’s expense.  Needless to say this raised much discussion and debate.  As part of this discussion I found …

Erectile dysfunction causes and treatments

October 12, 2016

Definition of ED
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is defined as the inability to achieve and/or maintain an erection that is suitable for sexual intercourse. Erectile dysfunction is often referred to as “impotence”.  However this term is no longer used. It is important to distinguish erectile dysfunction from other forms of sexual problems …

Gut feeling: how your microbiota affects your mood, sleep and stress levels

October 11, 2016

The gut microbiota is the community of bugs, including bacteria, that live in our intestine. It has been called the body’s “forgotten organ” because of the important role it plays beyond digestion and metabolism.
You might have read about the importance of a healthy gut microbiota for a healthy brain. Links …

Healthy guts are swarming with bugs, so what do they do?

The healthy human body is swarming with microorganisms. They inhabit every nook and cranny on the surfaces of our body. But by far the largest collection of microorganisms reside in our gastrointestinal tract – our gut.
What is the human microbiome?
These tiny organisms, which can only be seen with the aid …

‘No jab, no pay’ disadvantages migrant children

October 05, 2016

The Commonwealth government’s “no jab, no pay” legislation is disadvantaging migrant children, say immunisation experts from Melbourne. The paper, published today in the Medical Journal of Australia, warns many families are having essential payments withheld despite their children being vaccinated.
Coming into effect in January 2016, “no jab, no pay” is …

Women should be told about their breast density when they have a mammogram

Women with higher breast density for their age are more likely to develop breast cancer. High breast density also makes it harder for doctors to detect breast cancer on a mammogram. But Australian women are not routinely tested for and told about their level of breast density when they undergo …

The emotion centre is the oldest part of the human brain: why is mood so important?

September 28, 2016

“Somebody woke up on the wrong side of bed this morning.” You know that comment; the one that rarely makes you feel any more gracious towards the world (or the person saying it). At other times you might feel particularly gracious and sunny, for no reason at all.
Our mood is …

The US has banned antibacterial handwashes – here’s why Australia should too

September 21, 2016

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week ruled to disallow the use of the more than a dozen antibacterial compounds in so-called “antibacterial” handwashes. Australia’s regulator is now assessing whether it will follow suit.*
Triclosan is one of the most common antibacterial ingredients in domestic and medical handwash …