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What you need to know to understand risk estimates

December 21, 2016

Interpreting health (or any other) risk estimates reported in the media is not straightforward. Even health professionals can get tripped up trying to make sense of these statistics, so it is no wonder the public can easily be confused or misled.
Often there is tendency to overreact to risk estimates, so …

No more blame game: why we need to rethink what’s behind chronic disease

The government and policy makers often tell the public lifestyle problems such as obesity, and the diabetes often associated with it, are their fault; just be a bit more virtuous and you won’t get a modern disease. This victim blaming tends to absolve governments, health bodies and big business from …

How diabetic foot disease can lead to amputations and even death

December 20, 2016

People with diabetes are prone to foot disease, which can lead to amputations and even death. Australia has the second-highest rate of lower-limb amputations in the developed world – with the rate having risen by 30% over the past decade.
This is because as rates of type 1 and 2 diabetes …

We don’t know enough about mental health in Australian medical students

December 14, 2016

The highly regarded Journal of the American Medical Association has published a comprehensive review examining the prevalence of depression, depressive symptoms and suicidal thoughts among medical students.
The pooled findings of 195 studies from 47 countries demonstrated that the mental health of medical students is a significant global problem. Overall, around …

Five traps to be aware of when reading success rates on IVF clinic websites

A recent review of in-vitro fertilisation treatment (IVF) clinics in Australia, conducted by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), identified some misleading ways they present people’s chances of a having a baby on their websites.
Clinics provide IVF success rates in often confusing ways because there is no agreed format …

Should family members of those with mental illness have access to their health information?

December 07, 2016

The tragic death of former Adelaide Crows’ coach Phil Walsh, killed by his son Cy suffering from a mental illness, has highlighted the difficulties faced by families of those with mental health issues.
Phil Walsh’s wife Meredith emphasised her family’s struggle under current laws in accessing information to support their son. …

Young offenders must be screened for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders before sentencing

November 30, 2016

Australia’s prison population is growing at unprecedented rates. In some states Indigenous prisoners far outnumber their non-Indigenous counterparts.
Last year in the Northern Territory, 86% of those in prison and 96% of those in juvenile detention were Indigenous. In Western Australia, Indigenous people account for only 3% of the population, but …

We could’ve seen thunderstorm asthma coming and there are ways to prepare

Please note: as of Wednesday 3o November, there have been eight deaths attributed to the storm.
A fourth death has been attributed to Melbourne’s “thunderstorm asthma” emergency on Monday night, and it was lucky there were not more, according to the state’s health minister. More than 2,000 people suffered breathing problems …

Inhibited or Delayed Ejaculation

November 23, 2016

Definition inhibited ejaculation
The definition of delayed ejaculation is persistent or recurrent delay or difficulty or absence of orgasm after sufficient sexual stimulation. A well known US sexologist Stan Althof has described three causes of delayed ejaculation, these being insufficient stimulation, psychic conflict and masturbation and desire disorders.
Physiology of inhibited ejaculation
Just …

New prion disease raises questions about whether Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s could be infectious

November 22, 2016

Research published last week has identified the first new human prion disease in 50 years. The paper’s lead author, Stanley Prusiner, who won the Nobel prize in 1997 for his discovery that Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) could be transmitted by a “misfolded” protein, says this new disease is also potentially infectious.
Prion …

Flibanserin, the drug that gives women one extra sexually satisfying experience every two months

November 16, 2016

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the drug flibanserin (sold under the brand name Addyi) for the treatment of women with hypo-active sexual desire disorder (HSDD) in August 2015.
Australia hasn’t followed suit, though flibanserin is available through internet pharmacies. However, its limited effectiveness and serious side-effects should …

We need more support systems for people who want to work during and after cancer treatment

Work is good for your health. Not only because it provides income but because it preserves a sense of identity and purpose if you are going through a hard time. It provides social interaction and, especially in the case of someone battling through cancer, a sense of normality.
But coming back …