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Women not being offered hysterectomy alternatives

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Large variations in the rates of hysterectomies across Australia has raised concerns many women are missing out on less invasive and highly effective treatments for painful female conditions.

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Brisk walking each day ‘may cut risk of dying from cancer’

brisk walking

Brisk walking may cut the risk of dying from cancer, even in more advanced stages of the disease, research suggests.

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What causes Alzheimer’s disease? What we know, don’t know and suspect

Alzheimer's

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, which is an umbrella term used to describe general loss of memory, thinking skills and other day-to-day functions (such as cooking, paying bills, cleaning and even dressing). Yen Ying Lim and Rachel Buckley take a look at what causes it and how it can affect those of all ages.

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Gene therapy could ‘turn off’ severe allergies

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A single treatment giving life-long protection from severe allergies such as asthma could be made possible by immunology research at The University of Queensland.

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5 beauty secrets only your optometrist can tell you

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No matter what you’re packing in your makeup kit, bloodshot and puffy eyes are never beautiful.  Eyes are particularly vulnerable to infection and some beauty procedures even put your vision at risk.

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Death by caffeine really is a thing, if you’re susceptible

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A caffeine boost is part of the pleasurable effect of a good cup of coffee. Sadly, tragic news has emerged that a man in the United Kingdom recently died from caffeine overdose. John Jackson was 40 years old. What makes this unfortunate death worrying is that it was due to consumption of caffeine-laced mints. Misfortune

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Flu vaccine won’t definitely stop you from getting the flu, but it’s more important than you think

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While the flu vaccine cuts your chance of coming down with influenza, that’s not the whole story writes Allen Cheng and Kristine Macartney.

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Cold homes causing heart problems: experts

heart problems

The flu isn’t the only health woe Australians have to worry about this winter, with chilly household temperatures putting many people at greater risk of developing heart problems.

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Research breakthrough in disease affecting 1-in-10 women

Researchers are one step closer to identifying genes linked to a gynaecological disease affecting 1-in-10 Australian women. A global study into the genetic causes of endometriosis has identified a wider array of genetic links to the disease than what was previously known.

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The truth about cholesterol…why we need it

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We’ve all heard of cholesterol – the good, the bad, and the ugly. But what is it, and why do we need it? We speak to Professor Kerry Anne Rye for her views on why cholesterol is an essential part of our diet

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