Health

Is it worth becoming a human guinea pig? The risks and rewards of clinical trials

It’s estimated that millions of people worldwide take part in clinical trials, but when things go wrong in medical research there can be tragic consequences. Annabelle Quinceinvestigates the ethical dilemmas of testing drugs on humans. In January, a clinical trial in France went badly wrong. One young man died and several others suffered brain damage. The drug for treating mood ...

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Fitness myth busted: You can’t control where on your body you lose weight from

In a dream world we’d get to choose exactly which areas on our body we shed excess weight from first. It seems to make sense: you want to get rid of trouble spots on your thighs, so you take up jogging. Carrying some excess baggage around the midsection? Must be time to increase the sit-ups and throw in some planks ...

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How to turn a fitness goal into a lifetime of good health

While you’re working on your fitness resolutions, let’s clear up a few misconceptions: – Your weight will fluctuate, even after hitting that feel-good goal. It happens to everyone, even elite athletes. – At some point, you will hit a plateau. – Your running pace will regress after initial gains. – You will get stuck on a weight-lifting benchmark. None of ...

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Health bodies refuse to release Zika virus details

Experts have questioned the decision by public health bodies to not reveal the countries that two pregnant Australian women with the Zika virus travelled to before being infected. On Thursday, Queensland Health reported a pregnant Australian woman infected with Zika had returned to the country after an overseas trip, while on Friday, Victoria’s health minister made a similar announcement about a woman ...

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Value of BMI as health measure queried

It’s a scientific rule of thumb so widespread, so deeply embedded in a million magazine articles and diet plans, that it’s probably better known than all four laws of thermodynamics put together. Your health can be gauged by calculating your body mass index (BMI), a simple process that involves dividing your weight by the square of your height. It’s a formula used ...

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Trimming the fat: how we could save billions in the health system

Australia’s health network is cheap and effective by international standards, but powerful vested interests are rorting the system.   Cervixes are the surprise new battleground in the fight to curb rising health costs. Just before Christmas, the federal government unveiled a plan to save public coffers $650 million a year by scrapping a bulk-billing incentive for pathologists and diagnostic service ...

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AFL great Garry Lyon seeks treatment for mental health condition

Garry Lyon has relinquished his role as co-host of The Footy Show as he undergoes treatment for a mental health condition. In a statement on Saturday, Channel Nine said Lyon, who is also the co-host of Footy Classified, a Triple M commentator and is an Age columnist, had been “suffering from a serious mental health condition”. Nine said there was no time ...

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WHAT A MESS!CELEB PLASTIC SURGERY NIGHTMARES

WRITTEN BY EDITOR KALAHAN DENG How far do some people want to go in order to stay young and what a price they have to pay for their unrestrainable desires?Being a celebrity comes with a great deal of pressure to look PERFECT. To deal with this pressure, a lot of celebs decide to go down the plastic surgery route to ...

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Cholera outbreak threatens world’s largest refugee camp

Kenya’s cholera epidemic has reached the world’s largest refugee camp and doctors worry the outbreak could continue to spread. Seven people have died in Dadaab, in northern Kenya near the border with Somalia, since the outbreak was declared in November, the medical charity Doctors Without Borders, or MSF, said in a statement. In the last three weeks, more than 300 ...

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33 people were killed, nearly 600 have been hospitalised by swine flu in Iran

An outbreak of swine flu has left 33 people dead in two provinces of southwestern Iran in the past three weeks, the state media reported on Monday. Deputy Health Minister Ali Akbar Sayyari said there had been 28 deaths in Kerman province and 5 in Sistan-Baluchistan and warning the H1N1 virus was likely to spread to other areas including the capital Tehran. ...

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