Andrew Forrest says your data could unlock the door to more effective cancer treatment

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Posted April 20, 2018 06:01:42 Are you holding one of the keys that could unlock the door to more effective cancer treatment, or better still a cure? The answer is yes, according to Australian billionaire Andrew Forrest. He wants cancer patients to hand over their health records to a universal cancer databank, that would be
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Medical community warns against Nationals’ ‘impassioned’ push for regional medical schools

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By Kathleen Ferguson Posted April 19, 2018 20:54:14 Acting Prime Minister Michael McCormack is calling for the establishment of a new regional medical school to address a doctor shortage in the bush. Key points: Michael McCormack’s call to establish a regional medical school has been opposed by the medical community AMA vice-president Tony Bartone says
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Anti-depressants less effective for night owls, linked to light exposure, researchers believe

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Posted April 19, 2018 06:12:28 The effect of light exposure on mental and physical health has been highlighted by new Australian research that suggests anti-depressants could be less effective for night owls than for early risers. A study published in the medical journal Chronobiology International investigated responses to antidepressant medication in 1,000 people who were
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Evolution Research Could Revolutionize Cancer Therapy

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Scientific American April 2018 Evolutionary studies indicate that the genetic changes enabling a cancer to develop arise shockingly early within the primary tumor. This discovery points to a promising new approach to therapy Biologists have long been studying genes to understand the history of branching on the tree of life, which unites all living creatures
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Should You Eliminate Oil from Your Diet?

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Is an oil-free diet healthier? What are the arguments for and against eliminating oil from your diet? Credit: Getty Images Advertisement Some popular diet trends recommend eliminating all forms of oil from your diet—including oils that are often promoted as healthful, such as olive oil. Is an oil-free diet healthier? Nutrition Diva listener Joy recently asked about
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Mine Social Media Posts to Predict Flu

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Public Health 60-Second Science Credit: BANANASTOCK Researchers used Twitter searches for nonflu words associated with behavior to predict flu outbreaks two weeks in advance.   Hi, I’m Scientific American podcast editor Steve Mirsky. And here’s a short piece from the April issue of the magazine, in the section we call Advances: Dispatches from the Frontiers
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Perinatal anxiety and depression sapping the strength from mothers

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Posted April 18, 2018 05:00:00 Photo: Jo Munro battled perinatal depression around the birth of her third child, Barnaby, pictured with siblings Arabella and Digby. (Supplied) Related Story: Raging from within: Keeping angry mums silent ‘is hurting everyone’ Related Story: ‘Mothers are dying from mental health problems in pregnancy’ Perinatal depression took Jo Munro to
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HPV screening: What started as shocking news after a Pap smear, ended with a healthy baby

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Posted April 17, 2018 04:42:50 Photo: Kirsty and Murray’s son Baxter was born four months ago and is doing well. (Supplied) Like every new mum Kirsty Browne feels lucky, but she has another reason to be thankful — she was able to give birth without a cervix. Key points: Kirsty Browne was diagnosed with a
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