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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To screen or not to screen

To screen or not to screen

Breast screening has been in the news again. There is mounting evidence that it doesn’t save lives but does result in a lot of unnecessary trauma and treatment. As technology continues to advance it’s likely that doctors will be able to screen for more and more conditions earlier and earlier. And we can already decide to send off our DNA for testing without any discussion or...

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It’s tough being a middle-aged woman with an eating disorder

It’s tough being a middle-aged woman with an eating disorder

Young girls aren’t the only people with eating disorders. Men get them too – and so do women well into middle age. Last year, I had an article on this subject published in Wellbeing magazine. I wrote it because I had both anorexia and bulimia for 12 years from the age of 19. I’m fortunate enough to have reached a stage now where eating is a pleasure rather than a torment but I still – very...

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My Journey with the BCNA

My Journey with the BCNA

It’s almost 16 years since I finished my year-long treatment for breast cancer and sent a copy of my newly-published book You can get through this! to Lyn Swinburne, founder of the young and still relatively small Breast Cancer Network of Australia (BCNA). She liked it, gave me a wonderful endorsement and bought a number of copies to give away to women she thought would find it helpful. A year...

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Another positive result for acupuncture

Interesting to see more research supporting  the positive effects of acupuncture – this time managing the hot flashes (or flushes as I’ve always called them). I love it when science encourages us to be a bit more broad-minded....

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Sorry, ladies, but if men were attracted to older women the world would come to an end

Sorry, ladies, but if men were attracted to older women the world would come to an end

I feel very sorry for older women who are looking for a partner. It must be immensely dispiriting to keep on being rejected by men you consider age appropriate who are in search of women half your age. This Guardian piece tells a familiar story. Stella Grey – a non-de-plume – is sharing her experiences with online dating and, this week, she reports that “it’s disheartening that men in their 50s...

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