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Medicinal cannabis is legal in Australia

but people like Grace are still turning to the black market. By Sophie Kesteven and Michele Weekes for Life Matters, ABC AFTER GRACE* was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year, she turned to medicinal cannabis. But accessing it through legal medical channels was a challenge: she faced long waiting times and substantial

Why are more bald men in hospital with coronavirus?

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The answer could hold a treatment. TWO SMALL STUDIES published recently suggested most men hospitalised with COVID-19 are bald, generating headlines around the world. While this may sound strange, science does offer a plausible explanation. Male pattern baldness is associated with high levels of male sex hormones called androgens. And androgens seem to

Don’t eat kangaroo ‘bushmeat’ and why

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Since COVID19 hit the global human community, it has become apparent even to governments, that eating wildlife is one sure risk factor for zoonotic (jump from animal to human) diseases. Bushmeat that is killed in unsanitary field conditions has additional risks for consumption by humans and their pets.  Here’s our

EXPERT REACTION: Coronavirus — your questions answered

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Professor Allen Cheng, Professor of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University has answered the following questions. On immunity / immunology Can we please have some commentary on herd immunity + the coronavirus?  It’s a big issue in the UK.   “It (herd Immunity) is

Sometimes I need sleeping pills. Why can‘t I ask for them?

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Doctors shouldn’t be consigning their patients to one kind of hell in order to avoid another SOMETIMES I CAN’T sleep. I have nightmares. I’m woken by the sound of a slurred shout before I realise I’m making it, then toss around in increasingly frustrated rearrangements of sheets and limbs until 5am. Bad

What spoil sports we are for the Festive Season!

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Does one drink a day damage your health? You’ve no doubt heard the common wisdom that a drink at the end of a long day does you good. Maybe it’s the antioxidants in wine you swear by, or the relaxing qualities of a beer. Perhaps just the taste makes you feel better. But

Perinatal mental illness: what it is, and the costs

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WHEN BABY MAX arrived four years ago, complete with a full head of “Elvis hair”, his parents were overjoyed. But joy quickly turned into a wave of negative emotions for his mother, Julie. “I was all alone in my hospital bed, I woke up in a puddle of sweat,” she said. “I

Exercise is “Powerful Stuff” for women’s health

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PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IS vital for keeping Australian women happy, healthy and strong. This year’s Women’s Health focus is “Women’s Health, Powerful Stuff”, and Exercise Right wants to remind Australian women that exercise is powerful stuff for their physical and mental health. “The value of exercise cannot be overstated when it comes

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