Daydream believers

Daydream believers

It’s become something of a cliché that people often have their best ideas in the shower. But, these days, the shower is one of the few places where your mind is free to wander – presuming you resist the lure of the waterproof radio, of course. Technology has made it so easy to be entertained or engaged every minute of the day that it’s practically the norm. But, as this this Guardian...

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When cruelty costs money why wouldn’t you stop?

When cruelty costs money why wouldn’t you stop?

Some farmers have absolutely no interest in animal welfare but wouldn’t you think they’d be interested in saving thousands of dollars a year? I recently interviewed Don Mudford of Parkdale Merino Stud, who breeds ‘bare breached’ sheep that don’t need to be mulesed. This is a horribly cruel practice of cutting off skin under the tail which theoretically prevents fly strike, but even mulesed sheep...

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GP dismisses breast symptoms. Can you believe that’s still happening?

This media release from the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation makes disturbing reading, and not only because the number of women diagnosed last year hit a new high. It includes the information that one of the 3003 women diagnosed in 2012 was 47-year-old Nicki Hayles, of Christchurch. Between mammograms, Nicki felt some pain in one breast. When it grew worse, and she noticed some redness on...

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What exactly is a low-glycaemic diet?

What exactly is a low-glycaemic diet?

The Harvard Medical School circulated these principles via their online newsletter today. Pretty much the same as a regular, healthy diet, I’d say – except that the first point strikes me as a bit odd. Why would anyone think tropical fruits have a higher glycaemic index (GI) than any dessert that isn’t fruit? And, if we’re supposed to avoid starchy fruit, why are bananas,...

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Addressing the psychological impact of BRCA testing

Addressing the psychological impact of BRCA testing

As someone with a faulty BRCA2 gene, I’m glad to see that someone is paying attention to the psychological impact of being on the receiving end of this diagnosis. I’d already had all of my treatment when I agreed to take the test and I didn’t give the matter much thought. It felt like something I should do because it might be helpful in terms of research. I must have been distracted;...

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