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Call to reimburse cutting edge breast cancer test, Australia

A breakthrough genetic test that could spare thousands of Australian women with early stage breast cancer from chemotherapy and its toxic side effects will be considered for reimbursement later this year. The multi-gene test, known as the Oncotype DX® Breast Cancer Assay, predicts a patient’s likely benefit from chemotherapy and the overall risk of breast [...]

High prevalence of alternative menopause therapies despite lack of evidence of efficacy and safety

Almost half a million Australian women aged between 40 and 65 years could be using complementary and alternative medicines for the treatment of menopausal symptoms, despite evidence they can be ineffective and possibly dangerous, say the authors of research published in the Medical Journal of Australia. Professor Susan Davis, Dr Roisin Worsley and fellow researchers [...]

Pregnant women who smoke as well as having asthma are greatly increasing the risk of complications

New research from the University of Adelaide has shown for the first time that pregnant women who smoke as well as having asthma are greatly increasing the risk of complications for themselves and their unborn children. In the first study of its kind in the world, researchers from the University’s Robinson Institute compared data from [...]

Australian Women With Childbirth Fear Often Not Identified Due To ‘No Worries’ Approach

Having a fear of birth has a negative impact on women’s pregnancy and birth. In recently published research from a collaboration of The University of Melbourne, Australia, and Uppsala University, Sweden, doctoral student Helen Haines draws the conclusion that the ‘no worries’ approach to this issue in Australia has underestimated the needs of a considerable [...]

Breast Cancer Screening Saves Lives, New Study Shows

The study, published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention is the largest of its kind in Australia and one of the largest in the world. It followed about 4,000 women in a study of the BreastScreen program in Western Australia. University of Melbourne Research Fellow Dr Carolyn Nickson and colleagues from the Melbourne School of [...]