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Sleep and depression – a complex interplay

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

The hunt for the superstars of STEM

The hunt for the Superstars of STEM to engage more women in science Lisa Harvey-Smith, CSIRO Superstars of STEM is a new program by Science and Technology Australia that aims to smash the stereotypical portrait of people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The plan is to identify 30 superstar women currently in STEM, […] 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

Google grants for AdWords

Is your not-for-profit organisation eligible for a Google Grant for free Google AdWords advertising? When you make a Google search, at the top, bottom and side of the search results page advertising appears.  These advertisements are paid for by companies on a ‘pay per click’ basis; advertisements only appear when certain keywords, chosen by the […] Read More

Childhood asthma linked with apple juice consumption

Asthma is more common in children that consume drinks high in fructose five or more times per week, according to the findings of a new research study. The large study, conducted at New York Medical College, USA, found that children aged 2-9 years who regularly consumed drinks containing excess free fructose, such as apple juice […] 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

Philanthropy in Australia

It is commonly claimed that Australians are less generous than Americans when it comes to philanthropic donations, but how do we really measure up? According to Philanthropy Australia it is high net-worth individuals in particular who are less generous. In a report that aimed to investigate methods to increase giving in this income group, it […] Read More