Category: Lifestyle

One year of voluntary assisted dying in Victoria: 400 have registered, despite obstacles

One year ago, the Victorian Voluntary Assisted Dying Act came into effect after a prolonged, intense and divisive public debate. For some, it marked a major step forward for individual freedom in Victoria—an acknowledgement of the right of individuals to choose how they wished to live and die. For others, it signified a betrayal of […]

Improving the aftercare journey of First Nations children and their families following burn injury

The recently published study is the first that privileges the voices of Australia’s First Nations families on access to burn aftercare for children. Australia’s First Nations children experience burns at a rate at least double that of non-Indigenous children. Ongoing burns care is a complex issue with multiple barriers to ensuring good long-term outcomes, however […]

Scientists identify new target for melanoma immunotherapy

QIMR Berghofer research has found a new reason why some melanoma patients do not respond well to immunotherapy—a discovery that could lead to better-tailored treatments for the potentially deadly cancer. Australia has the highest rate of melanoma in the world. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare estimates there were more than 15,000 cases of […]

Free-range kids: Why a child’s freedom to travel and play without adult supervision matters

The recently released 2020 ParticipACTION Report Card revealed that Canadian children scored a D+ for “daily physical activity,” an F for “active play” and a D- for “active transportation.” Only 39 percent of Canadian children and youth achieve recommended physical activity levels. A decline in children’s physical activity isn’t a new trend. However, with COVID-19, […]

School HPV vaccine policies could result in higher vaccination rates, reduction in cancers

A UCLA-led study has found that in two of three states and jurisdictions with policies that require students entering school to receive the human papillomavirus vaccine, vaccination rates among 13-to-17-year-olds were significantly higher than in surrounding states without such policies. In Rhode Island, the vaccination rate among adolescents was 91%, compared with an average of […]

Trouble paying medical bills can lead to longer episodes of homelessness, new study shows

Even before the pandemic left COVID-19 patients with staggering hospital bills, many people, especially those who are uninsured, were often overwhelmed with medical bills Research shows that medical debt burdens millions of Americans: Depending on how “medical debt” is defined, studies from nonprofits and academic institutions generally show from 16% to 28% of adults carry […]

What makes arteries age? Study explores new link to gut bacteria, diet

A compound produced in the gut when we eat red meat damages our arteries and may play a key role in boosting risk of heart disease as we get older, according to new University of Colorado Boulder research. The study, published this month in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension, also suggests that people may […]