Technology in healthcare – too slow, too fast and, maybe, just right

Technology in healthcare – too slow, too fast and, maybe, just right

When it comes to digital healthcare, it seems Australia is way behind the times. In this article for NAB Business View, Tim Shaw, the University of Sydney’s inaugural Professor of eHealth and also Director of Research at the federally funded Digital Health Cooperative Research Centre, says we’re effectively digitising 18th century models rather than looking at how digital technology can...

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Women will never achieve equality until they dress more like men

Women will never achieve equality until they dress more like men

High heels are the modern equivalent of foot binding – painful and disfiguring, they keep women firmly in their place. We claim to be chasing equality while we totter along, doing our best to avoid a twisted ankle as we struggle to keep up. Some women claim that high heels make them feel more confident, but it’s a lot easier to feel confident when you can stride towards positive experiences, run...

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Lifeline adds a texting option in the hope of reaching more people

Lifeline adds a texting option in the hope of reaching more people

It’s good to see that Lifeline has added texting to its options for seeking help. In the past I think we’ve underestimated how difficult some of us find it to speak to a real, live person, even on the phone. The slightest pause, or the wrong tone of voice, can make you feel judged or misunderstood, or that your problem is being trivialised. After my son died by suicide I called a helpline (not...

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Quantum computing – an end to animal testing?

Quantum computing – an end to animal testing?

This article touches on quantum computing, which is just about as far as I can go. It also includes some really interesting possibilities in terms of medical applications. I particularly like the idea that quantum computing could bring an end to animal testing, and even human medical...

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A powerful anti-crime initiative – clean up the air

A powerful anti-crime initiative – clean up the air

The research discussed in this Futurity piece suggests that breathing polluted air has a negative impact on both your physical and psychological health. It also seems that the associated stress and anxiety can lead you to make less ethical choices. Analysis of nine years’ worth of air pollution data from the US Environmental Protection Agency and crime statistics from the FBI revealed high...

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