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Australian women living longer, study reveals

Australian women

Australian women will continue to outlive men, but while life expectancy has improved, depression, diabetes and back pain is on the increase, study finds. 

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Stillbirth discovery gives hope to women

stillbirth discovery

An Australian professor is pushing ahead with a simple test that could result in stillbirth rates plummeting worldwide.

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Man flu is real, but women get more autoimmune diseases and allergies

man flu

Research suggests this has an evolutionary basis: survival of the species may mean men are harder hit by viruses, but a woman’s reactive immune system leaves her more susceptible to autoimmune diseases and allergies.

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US study revives mammogram debate

mammograms

Yearly mammograms starting at age 40 would prevent the most deaths from breast cancer, US researchers report in a challenge to more conservative recommendations that take into account both the harms and the benefits of screening.

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Surviving menopause with some (self) kindness

menopause

Practising self-compassion can help manage menopausal symptoms, writes Dr Lydia Brown. A cooling dash to the fridge is a common coping tactic for the 80 per cent or so of mid-life women who experience menopausal hot flushes. Hot flushes can have a big impact on daily life, especially on sleep, work and mood. But my

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Bowel screening could save 83,000 lives

bowel screening

More than 80,000 lives would be saved by 2040 if participation in the national bowel cancer screening program increased by 20 per cent, modelling estimates.

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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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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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