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Women’s Health

Sleep and depression – a complex interplay

There’s a strong link between anxiety and depression, and sleep problems, and it goes both ways Treating sleep problems first will help in treating anxiety and depression. Henri Bergius/Flickr, CC BY Joanna Waloszek, University of Melbourne and Monika Raniti, University of Melbourne Good sleep is essential for our mental well-being. Just one night of disturbed […] Read More

Prozac during pregnancy

Should I stop taking Prozac if I’m pregnant? Deciding whether or not to continue on medication in pregnancy is always a balancing act. from shutterstock.com Anne Buist, University of Melbourne Women, and perhaps their doctors, may be concerned when they see reports of a study showing an association between taking fluoxetine, an antidepressant also known […] Read More

Thunderstorm asthma

It’s not just about Melbourne: why we need a national approach to ‘thunderstorm asthma’ Why didn’t we learn the lessons from earlier thunderstorm asthma events? from www.shutterstock.com Guy Marks, UNSW The tragic deaths of at least six people, apparently from thunderstorm asthma, highlights the risk from environmental hazards, even in seemingly safe urban centres in […] Read More

Talcum powder and ovarian cancer

Talcum powder and ovarian cancer In a recent lawsuit pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay US$72 million in damages to the family of a woman who was a prolific talcum powder user and died from ovarian cancer. However, there is concern among medical experts that the verdict is not based on […] Read More

Does the menopause make women gain weight?

It is, of course, a generalisation, but if you look around at the average 20 to 30 year old woman, chances are she will be a lot slimmer than the average 40 to 50 year old.  What is the explanation for this?  Is it just that women lose interest in their appearance after a certain age? […] Read More

Should the ovaries be removed along with the uterus at the time of hysterectomy?

In pre-menopausal women, there remains a lack of research to guide this decision according to the latest Cochrane review The updated review, conducted by Dr Leonardo Orozco, MD, at the OBGYN Women’s Hospital and the Central American Cochrane Centre, San José, Costa Rica concluded that the findings were limited by the lack of randomised controlled trials […] Read More

MS and vitamin D link confirmed by comprehensive systematic review

A recent study published in the journal Neuroscience Letters has combined data from eleven studies in a systematic review and meta-analysis of vitamin D levels in blood and multiple sclerosis. Study author Dr Duan, and colleagues at the Department of Neurology, The First Affiliated Hospital, Harbin Medical University, Harbin, China reported that on average MS patients […] Read More

Latest Australian research shows maternal depression is more common four years after childbirth

A recent study published in BJOG has found that maternal depression appears to be more common at four years following childbirth than at any other time in the first 12 months after childbirth. The research suggests that there needs to be a greater focus on maternal mental health. The research, conducted by Dr Hannah Woolhouse, […] Read More