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Denial of Lyme-like disease in Australia leaving patients without care
Denial of Lyme disease in Australia is leaving patients frightened and without care, doctor tells Parliamentary Lyme disease group.
Antimicrobial soaps adversely cleaning up gut bacteria
Antimicrobial soaps, such as those containing triclocarban, are cleaning up gut bacteria, but it's not a good thing, a study of rats shows.
Hydrolysed baby formula is unnecessary for prevention of allergies
There is no convincing evidence to support using hydrolysed formulas to prevent eczema, food allergy, asthma or allergic rhinitis in infants and children.
A case of green nail syndrome
A man develops green nail syndrome after working in an electronics company. Find out what's causing his problem.
Consuming vegetable oils lowers cholesterol but not heart disease deaths
Consuming vegetable oils lowers blood cholesterol but does not reduce deaths from heart disease, according to analysis of previously unpublished research.
New clues to risk factors for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
Frequent fast food intake is linked to developing inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
Whiplash better after cervical fusion surgery
Some people with chronic whiplash may get relief with cervical fusion surgery, contrary to the results of earlier studies.
Squirming worm infection in foot
Man develops a squirming snake-like lesion on his right foot after a holiday to Nigeria. The lesion was intensely itchy are moved a few millimetres to a few centimetres every day.
Type 1 diabetes complacency costing 12 years of life
People with type 1 diabetes are still dying 12 years earlier at 69 than the rest of the population, on average, a study finds.
What the very old think about death and dying
Very old people mainly live day to day, are not afraid of dying and are willing to discuss dying, a study finds.
Female genital mutilation seen by 1 in 10 Australian paediatricians
One in 10 Australian paediatricians have seen signs of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Australian children, with two-thirds believing it is happening on Australian soil.
Orgasm success down to anatomy
Orgasm success is influenced by anatomy in women, and larger penis size has not yet been proven to be better for female orgasms.
Trivialising of asthma is leading to child deaths
The over diagnosing of asthma, with inhalers sometimes being dispensed for no good reason, is trivialising the condition, leading to child deaths.
Asthma linked to polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
Women who have PCOS or a BMI in the overweight or obese category are more likely to have asthma.
Epidemic of STIs blamed on dating apps
A marked increase in sexually transmitted infections in the US is being blamed on dating apps such as Tinder, OKCupid and Grindr.
Lyme disease not helped by long-term antibiotics
Long-term use of antibiotics to treat Lyme disease does no good and can cause harm, Australian infectious diseases expert says.
Turmeric may improve bone health and strength
Curcurmin the active ingredient in turmeric, the curry spice, may have a role in treatment of many bone disorders.
Sugar alone not the problem in teenage obesity
Sugar is not the main culprit in teenage obesity, with a study showing a diet high in sugar and fat is more likely than sugar alone to cause teenage obesity.
Asthma not well controlled in Australia
One-quarter of Australians with asthma did not regularly use asthma preventers, despite having uncontrolled asthma.
HRT use still low after breast cancer link
The proportion of Australian women using HRT halved in the last decade after research found a possible link with breast cancer, despite the ongoing fear being largely unjustified.