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More than a bit of harmless fun: last year there were 247 ambulance requests for young women aged 13 to 18 in Western Australia. Michael Discenza/Unsplash

Paramedics treating more young women for alcohol intoxication than men

A record number of underage drinkers sought urgent medical attention in Western Australia last year, and young women made up the majority.
Antenatal care enables the early detection of maternal and fetal conditions. So why are pregnant women delaying their checks? Shutterstock

Two in five pregnant women don’t receive care in the first trimester

Teenagers, unmarried women and migrants are among those missing out on antenatal care in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, according to new Australian research.
This was the year of the health review, the NDIS, and Zika virus. Images sourced from one.aap.com.au

2016, the year that was: Health + Medicine

Health spent a lot of time in the spotlight in 2016. Medicare was a major issue in Australia’s federal election and numerous government reviews into health were announced and reported.
Risk-taking was the only gender norm in the study associated with both positive and negative mental health outcomes. from shutterstock.com

Men who want power over women likely to have poorer mental health: study

Men who see themselves as playboys, and as having power over women, are more prone to poor mental health than those who conform less to traditionally masculine norms, according to a new study.
Rates of sexually transmissible infections among the Indigenous population are still much higher than the non-Indigenous population. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Sexually transmissible infections on the rise in Australia: a snapshot

The annual surveillance report of sexually transmissible infections and blood borne viruses in Australia has found notifications of sexually transmissible infections are on the rise in Australia.
New research shows a high BMI in mothers before pregnancy may impact the health of their child. Jessica Pankratz/Flickr

Babies born to overweight mothers more likely to get age-related diseases sooner

Overweight women have a higher risk of delivering biologically older babies who are are more susceptible to age-related conditions such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes in later life.
Minority groups such as migrants are almost always pro-vaccination. from www.shutterstock.com

‘No jab, no pay’ disadvantages migrant children

The Commonwealth government's "no jab, no pay" legislation is disadvantaging migrant children. Many families are having essential payments withheld despite their children being vaccinated.
Manuka honey’s antimicrobial effects are well understood. Wikimedia Commons

Manuka honey may help prevent life-threatening urinary infections

Manuka honey could prevent serious urinary tract infections caused by catheters – tubes used to drain patients' bladders, new laboratory research has found.
The programs aim to influence teens to think seriously about contraception and the consequences of their sexual choices. Mary Sauers/Flickr

Electronic baby simulators could increase, not decrease, teen pregnancy

Electronic baby simulators given to schoolgirls as part of a sex education program may make teenage girls more, not less, likely to become pregnant, a new Australian study has found.
People should not interpret the study as saying that every woman who has been overweight for some time in her life will develop cancer at some point. UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity

The longer a woman has been overweight or obese, the higher her cancer risk: study

A longitudinal study featuring nearly 74,000 US women has found that the longer a woman has been overweight or obese during her adult life, the higher her risk of developing cancer.
Pancreatic cancer cells (left) next to normal pancreatic cells (right) Ed Uthan/flickr

Pancreatic cancer is really four separate cancers: study

A new study has identified that pancreatic cancer is not one, but four types of cancer, and opened the door to possible new treatments.
Around 200 stillbirths could be prevented in Australia every year in the last three months of pregnancy. { pranav }/Flickr

More than 20,000 stillbirths worldwide are avoidable

Around 20,000 late-pregnancy stillbirths could have been avoided globally in 2015, according to research published in the Lancet medical journal today.
The decision is a win for 69-year-old Queensland breast cancer survivor Yvonne D'Arcy. Dan Peled/AAP

High Court rules breast cancer gene cannot be patented

Australia's highest court has ruled a gene mutation linked to cancer cannot be patented, ending a long battle over whether companies can own the rights to genetic material.
New data shows many Australians aren’t seeing their doctors because it costs too much. from shutterstock.com

Cost of doctor visits putting off rural Australians: report

In some parts of Australia, patients are twice to three times more likely to avoid seeing their GP because they can't afford it, according to figures released today.
As the Australian government tightens its belt, consumers end up spending more of their own money on health. Nikki Short/AAP Image/AAP

Patients paying more for health care as government tightens belt

Australians are picking up some of the slack of government belt-tightening by paying more for health, with experts concerned this could reduce the equity in Australia's health system.