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The NDIS is Delivering ‘Reasonable and Necessary’ Supports for Some, but Others are Missing Out

November 07, 2018

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is required by law to provide “reasonable and necessary supports” to help eligible people with a disability live more independently. Determining what supports are reasonable and necessary involves subjective assessments by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), which administers the scheme, or its contractors. …

An Open Letter on the Dangers of Normalising Sex Dolls & Sex Robots

We are a coalition of humanists, parents, women’s groups, survivors, academics, and activists campaigning against commercial objectification of human beings who are concerned with the normalisation of “sex robots”. These technologies are developed and backed by academic and business robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) communities who have to date, the …

Orthorexia Nervosa: The ‘New’ Disorder Blamed on Social Media

No dairy, no gluten, no meat and no sugar. In fact, Ashlee Thomas would allow herself so little food, her parents were forced to do the unthinkable. Force feed their daughter, with a tube, all because she refused to eat.
Appearing on Channel 9’s 60 Minutes program on Sunday, the teenager …

Finding it Hard to Cut Down on Processed Foods? Here’s Why

October 31, 2018

We know that processed foods are bad for us, and that though they may be tasty, they do not bring us any nutritional benefits. How come we find it so hard to say no to those chips, donuts, and crackers?
Many processed foods — such as potato chips, donuts, crackers, cookies, …

Why Do Some of Us Find it Easier to Forgive? Neuroscience Sheds Light

Whether we condemn the villain in a movie or feel that somebody has wronged us personally, many of us make moral judgments on a daily basis. From a neuropsychological viewpoint, the act of judging a moral situation is incredibly complex and has a lot to do with intentionality – did …

Surgery Students ‘Losing Dexterity to Stitch Patients’

A professor of surgery says students have spent so much time in front of screens and so little time using their hands that they have lost the dexterity for stitching or sewing up patients.
Roger Kneebone, professor of surgical education at Imperial College, London, says young people have so little experience …

Does Herpes Cause Alzheimer’s?

October 24, 2018

What causes Alzheimer’s disease? The answer could be right under our noses, says leading expert Professor Ruth Itzhaki. Her latest paper presents a lifetime of research evidence that the herpes virus responsible for cold sores can also cause Alzheimer’s — and new data which show antiviral drugs drastically reduce risk …

Fibromyalgia and Fertility / Pregnancy

October 17, 2018

Fibromyalgia is a condition characterized with widespread pain. It affects millions worldwide and more commonly affects females than males.
Many females affected with fibromyalgia are diagnosed in their reproductive age and this raises concerns regarding fertility and having a normal pregnancy. Research has shown that fibromyalgia symptoms tend to worsen with …

New Family Planning App Found to Be as Effective as Modern Methods

Early results from a first-of-its-kind study suggests that typical use of a family planning app called Dot is as effective as other modern methods for avoiding an unplanned pregnancy.
Researchers from the Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) at Georgetown University Medical Center are studying women’s use of the app for 13 …

What is an Estradiol Test and Why is it Used?

An estradiol test is a simple blood test to measure the amount of estradiol in a person’s blood. Estradiol, also known as E2, is one of the four types of estrogen that the ovaries chiefly produce. The adrenal glands, placenta, testes, and some tissues also produce smaller amounts of this …

Teenaged Girls Did not Engage in Riskier Sexual Behavior After HPV Vaccination Introduced in School

Despite fears to the contrary, sexual behaviours of adolescent girls stayed the same or became safer after publicly funded school-based HPV vaccinations were introduced in British Columbia (BC), according to new research published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) http://www.cmaj.ca/lookup/doi/10.1503/cmaj.180628.
Some groups have been concerned that HPV vaccination could encourage early sexual activity, unprotected …

Why Depression, Trauma can Make You Age Faster

A new study has found that people living with major depressive disorder are biologically older than people without depression, and that childhood trauma exacerbates this effect. The results illuminate the epigenetic mechanisms that might explain this discrepancy.
Major depression is one of the most common mental health problems in the United …

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