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What we know, don’t know and suspect about what causes motor neuron disease

motor neuron disease

Since 2014, the ice bucket challenge, which involves people pouring a bucket of icy water over their heads, has raised awareness and much-needed research funds for motor neuron disease. While research for a cure is underway, first we need to know what causes it, writes Lyndsey Collins-Praino and Viythia Katharesan.

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Women not being offered hysterectomy alternatives

hysterectomy

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

flu

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

cholesterol

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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Incontinence: No laughing matter

incontinence

One in four Australian adults are incontinent, 80 per cent of them women. Half of these women (1.7 million) are aged 50 and under.

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Is exercise the new cure for cancer?

cancer

 Including exercise within cancer patients’ treatment reduces the risk of cancer mortality by 28-44%, according to a new comprehensive review led by Associate Professor Prue Cormie, Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Associate Professor at the Australian Catholic University’s Institute for Health and Ageing.

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5 slightly disgusting facts about mozzies

mosquitos

Travelling to Asia, Central and Latin America may promise adventure; but it also means a likely encounter with the Aedes aegypti mosquito – the delightful carrier of, among other diseases, Dengue Fever and Zika. But while that may be no surprise, these little critters do have some interesting habits that you may wish we’d never

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The unhealthy habits killing Australian women

unhealthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women in Australia and has been for more than two decades. But despite ongoing educational campaigns and medical recommendations – Australian women are still risking their long-term health with bad habits. Christa Dang, Professor Cassandra Szoeke and Professor Martha Hickey investigate. A chest x-ray of a woman

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