It seems that we have taken the proverb, ‘cleanliness is next to godliness’ , far too literally and that it’s going to take pig faeces to save us. Yesterday I heard the news that there may be welcome relief for people suffering from auto immune diseases such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis, diabetes and autism. The hope for sufferers comes from Coronado Biosciences Inc which is developing a drug which contains thousands […]
Last October the ABC’s ‘Catalyst’ progam presented a two- part special on cholesterol. It was fantastic to see such a reputable program present the other side of the cholesterol story – that there might just be something wrong with the theory that dietary fat and cholesterol are the villains in heart disease.
The Medical Services Advisory Committee has recommended a new test for human papillomavirus, or HPV, to replace Pap smears from 2016. Women would have their first screening for cervical cancer at 25 and would be tested only every five years.
Homeopathy was recently back in the headlines. This time following a major review of the practice by the National Health and Medical Research Council that found that there is no reliable evidence that homeopathy can treat health conditions. Homeopathy is a 200-year-old form of alternative medicine and its worth has long been debated. While I don’t know much about homeopathy and whether it’s effective or not, I do know that there […]
“Old age ain’t no place for sissies,” declared Bette Davis, once upon a time. I would have to agree with the first lady of the American screen about the formidable rigors of ageing. This final stage of the human condition is to become even more uncomfortable as the demands for baby boomers and their offspring to extend their working lives, increase. The age of retirement is predicted to rise to […]
The news that a group of Australian politicians will spend three weeks in France, Sweden and South Korea studying prostitution law reform is most welcome. ACT Liberal MLAs Giulia Jones and Vicki Dunne will be joined by West Australian state Liberal backbencher Peter Abetz and Victorian Labor state member Christine Campbell.
How do we stop violence against women? This was the topic of a public meeting that I attended last week. The speakers were Trish O’Donohue, the CEO of Women’s Information, Support and Housing in the North, Phil Cleary, the former independent federal MP & anti-violence campaigner, and Sue Bolton, Socialist Alliance councillor for Moreland.
A new report has highlighted the real problems with mammography and its role in preventing deaths from breast cancer.
There are few jobs that land you smack bang right in the heart of a family quite like nursing. And so on Saturday night I again found myself in this most intimate of circumstances; this time in eighty-year old Ron’s bedroom. Ron has terminal cancer and is now very weak and consequently has been taking many falls on his way to the bathroom. So the plan was to install a […]
Common sense should dictate that the issue of abortion be left to pregnant women to decide. But when the history of women’s fight for the right to abortion is considered, it’s no wonder it’s still firmly in the hands of wheeling and dealing politicians. In the state of Victoria, abortion has made the headlines for the last two weeks with the Independent and balance-of-power MP Geoff Shaw plotting the […]