The News – 16 March 2015


  • The New South Wales North Coast is shaping up as a key battleground in the state election and the grey vote will be pivotal to the outcome.
  • An interim report on Victoria’s ambulance service shows response-time performance has fallen steadily over the past six years.
  • A doctor who has been working at the Australian-managed Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone will undergo a 21-day observation period for Ebola in the United Kingdom, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says.

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The Health News USA January 8 2018

  • A group of Indiana health and business organizations is pushing for a repeal of some legal protections given to smokers. The Indianapolis Business Journal reported that The Alliance for a Healthier Indiana hopes to get rid of a state law that bans employers from screening job candidates for tobacco use. A bill introduced by Republican state Senator Liz Brown of Fort Wayne would repeal the nineteen ninety one law and has the alliance’s support.
  • California is reeling from a particularly severe surge in cases of the flu—with pharmacies running out of medicine, packed emergency rooms and a rising death toll. State health officials say that 27 people younger than 65 have died of the flu in California since October. That’s compared to three the same time last year. According to health officials, there’s no region of the state where people were being spared from the flu.
  • The Los Angeles Times has reported that evidence from a new National Health Interview Survey indicates the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders has reached a plateau in the United States. The question was answered for 30,502 children from three to seventeen years old between two thousand fourteen and two thousand sixteen, according to the Times, and in seven hundred eleven instances, the answer was yes.
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Bill Johnson Talks About Racism In Australia And Usa

Presenter: Katherine
Guest: Bill Johnson
Guest Bio:   Bill Johnson is a licensed clinical psychologist from New View Psychology. He writes a weekly column called “Dr. Bill” on The Good Life. He has been previously published on racism and specializes in multicultural counselling. At the Australian Catholic University, he was a lecturer of psychology for cross-cultural psychology. He has also chaired a multicultural and outreach committee for the University of California, CAPS, which stands for Counselling And Psychological Services.

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Dr. Kathleen Lawson Talks About Neurological Health

Presenter: Katherine
Guest: Dr Kathleen Lawson
Guest Bio: Dr. Kathleen Lawson has worked in private practice in Melbourne for over 11 years, and she offers family-orientated chiropractic care. She integrates the principles of functional neurology into her practice. She was the president of the Australasian Academy of Functionality Neurology, and an Associate Professor of the Carrick Institute of Graduate Studies. |

Segment Overview: The human brain is very fascinating and it develops as we age. Depending on our lifestyle, we can maximize the capacity of brains’ function. Learn more about this as Dr. Kathleen explores brain functions and development.


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Migraine: Disease or Condition [Interview][Transcript]

Guest: Professor Joanna Kempner
Presenter: Neal Howard
Guest Bio: Professor Joanna Kempner works at the intersection of medicine, science, gender, and the body. Her research focuses both on the formation of social problems and on the ways in which some issues are consistently ignored, dismissed, or de-legitimated. Her book, Not Tonight: Migraine and the Politics of Gender and Health (Chicago 2014) examines the social values embedded in the way we talk about, understand, and make policies for people in pain. She has also written extensively on the formation of “forbidden knowledge,” i.e. the boundaries that form around what we think is too dangerous, sensitive or taboo to research. She is currently working on several projects related to the politics of disease.

Segment overview: In this segment Professor Joanna Kempner talks about the diagnostic definition of migraine and the consensus about what migraine really is.

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Combining Western Medicine and Holistic Medicine [Interview][Transcript]

dr_jyothi_rao_integrative_medicineGuest: Dr. Jyothi Rao
Presenter: Neal Howard
Guest Bio: Dr. Jyothi Rao, MD, ABAAHP, FAARFM, has been practicing medicine for the past 16 years. She received her Doctorate of Medicine (MD) from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and completed her internship and residency at the prestigious New England Medical Center (Tufts) in Boston. Before opening Shakthi Health & Wellness Center, Dr. Rao practiced medicine in New York and Maryland. She is the co-author of Finding Balance: Empower Yourself with Tools to Combat Stress and Illness.

Segment overview: Dr. Jyothi Rao, MD, talks about the book “Finding Balance: Empower Yourself with Tools to Combat Stress and Illness.”

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The Health News USA January 29 2018

  • A flu outbreak sweeping the country is causing people and institutions to take precautions against its spread, including a Catholic diocese in New York state that has issued healthy guidelines for its churches and schools. According to the CDC, since early October, the influenza outbreak has been widespread in all states, except Hawaii.  At least 37 children across the nation have died from the flu this season.
  • A groundbreaking Australian study has found that parents are mistaken if they think giving their teens alcohol removes drinking-related risks. In many countries, parents provide alcohol to their underage kids as a way to introduce them to drinking carefully, and believe it will protect them from the harms of heavy drinking. But the practice appears to do more harm than good. The investigators found that young people who got alcohol from parents were more likely than other teens to also get it elsewhere.
  • Nearly 1 in 4 women have experienced serious physical violence at the hands of a partner. They often end up in the emergency room or the doctor’s office. But they don’t typically volunteer the reason for their injuries, and doctors don’t always ask about abuse in the home. That failure of communication means the patients may miss out on the help they need. Yet a growing number of health providers and anti-abuse agencies in California and around the country are collaborating to identify victims and get them help. More doctors now screen their patients for signs of abuse and more agencies place victims’ advocates inside health centers.
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The Health News Australia November 20 2017

  • A sexually transmitted disease that may be infecting up to 700,000 Australians without them knowing is becoming so resistant to treatment it may soon become as great a health risk as chlamydia, doctors have warned. Mycoplasma genitalium is developing resistance to antibiotics at what health professionals say is an alarming rate.
  • Griffith University has trialled a new webinar program, designed to increase awareness and understanding of the sexual desires of people with dementia, among aged care workers and other health professionals. The study was developed by Doctor Cindy Jones from Griffith’s Menzies Health Institute, and involved the evaluation of six, weekly interactive live webinars. The webinars looked at the expression of sexuality by people with dementia living in residential aged care facilities.
  • Australia’s state and federal governments are being urged to follow in Canada’s footsteps and sue tobacco companies so they can claw back billions of dollars spent treating smoking-related illnesses. Health experts say while Australia led the world in introducing plain-packaging for tobacco products, smoking remains the country’s leading preventable cause of death and disease, with estimated annual costs of at least thirty $31.5 billion.  
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Health Supplier Segment: Australian Community Support Organisation Inc.


Presenter: Wayne Bucklar
Guest: Helen Killmier
Guest Bio: Helen has extensive experience in leadership roles within the not-for-profit and local government sectors, including leading development and implementation of vision, mission and strategic direction, change management processes, development and maintenance of positive relationships with funding bodies and governments, development of consortia and partnerships, staff performance management, financial and risk management, business development and service provision.
She has served on many Boards of governance and has been Chair of a community legal centre and service for young people at risk of homelessness. She is a Registered Psychologist and She is Deputy Chair of the College of Community Psychologists and a Member of the Australian Psychological Society Public Interest Advisory Group.

Segment overview: Helen discusses the services provided by the Australian Community Support Organisation Inc. in today’s segment. They aim to provide offenders with a second chance to reintegrate into society can actively reduce crime and make a safer community for all. They currently offer innovative services responding to mental illness, disability, homelessness, substance use and offending behaviour throughout metropolitan and regional Victoria, and consult and provide secondary consult and support for Government and Not for Profit Organisations in other Jurisdictions in Australia.

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The Health News Australia July 13 2017


  • Elderly people in regional Australia are on-selling prescription drugs to help pay their bills, the Rural Doctors Association has warned. Around 800 Australians die each year from prescription drug overdoses. The death toll is highest in rural and regional areas
  • Research suggests that people who think positively have a better chance of recovering from serious illness than those who don’t.  A University of Sydney study indicates optimistic thinking has the power to speed up the recovery of sick people, including cancer patients.
  • Fat women experience fat stigma through many avenues in their lives, and perhaps the most dangerous is the impact fat stigma has on their experiences with health care.
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