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The Health Wrap: Big tobacco arguments; fad diets and pills; fairness, equality and human rights

Big tobacco arguments This fortnight the plain packaging debate dominated the headlines, sparked by an article published a few weeks ago by The Australian claiming industry figures showed the legislation was failing to cut smoking rates. The Australian’s figures and motives were questioned by Media Watch, but the newspaper hit back and continued to argue [...]

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Profits, death and disease: big tobacco’s business model

Rob Moodie writes: Lung cancer, a leg amputation, or gasping for air as a result of emphysema are not fun ways of ending one’s life. All are common outcomes of smoking, and if current global patterns of smoking continue – 50% of young men and 10% of young women becoming smokers – one billion people are estimated to die this [...]

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Putting prostate cancer screening on trial: an invitation to join a community jury

Croakey readers are invited to participate in four community juries that will be held in Sydney in coming months. The juries will be asked to consider: Consent and PSA testing for prostate cancer: What should happen before men decide whether or not to be tested?  The project is a collaborative initiative involving academics, GPs and [...]

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The Health Wrap: Budget speculation heightens; the screening debate; drugs, in all their forms; revolutionising healthcare

  By Frances Gilham Budget speculation heightens Speculation in the lead-up to Federal Budget, due to be released on 13 May, has gathered pace in the past two weeks. And with the Commission of Audit just released, we are now closer to knowing what the Government might have in store for health. The Conversation gives [...]

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“It is like the chicken talking to the duck”: health literacy conference participants call for a user-friendly health system

This is the final report from an International Health Literacy Network conference held recently at the University of Sydney. It covers: Gaps in services for cancer patients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. A consumer health advocate’s call for more responsive health services. Feedback from conference participants, including advice for health professionals to “stop telling and start [...]

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Simon Chapman honoured as Skeptic of the Year: a good time to look back on the historic tobacco plain packaging campaign

The Australian Skeptics awarded their Skeptic of the Year award to Professor Simon Chapman (one of Croakey’s “founding fathers”) on Saturday night. The Skeptic of the Year goes to the individual or group that has done the most for skepticism in Australia during the last year. The accompanying release announcing the award said: “Prof Chapman, [...]

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Weighing up the Coalition’s health policy (and finding it pretty light-on)

When weighing up the various election policies through a health lens, some of the most important issues to consider are: 1. How do the policies address climate change, the major public health issue that we – as Australians, as the planet – are facing? 2. How are health inequalities addressed? Is there an explicit commitment [...]

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Cancer patients push for election commitment on genetic patenting

Legislative changes are urgently needed to stop patents being granted over human genetic material, according to Sally Crossing AM, from Cancer Voices Australia. Below is a summary of her recent presentation on this issue to a Coalition Backbench Policy Committee, on behalf of Cancer Voices, representing people affected by cancer. *** Making a difference for [...]

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Introducing The Health Wrap – a new Croakey feature by Kellie Bisset

I am delighted to introduce a new fortnightly feature at Croakey: The Health Wrap. It will link you into some of the interesting and important health news from the previous fortnight, including items covered at Croakey and elsewhere. Kellie Bisset, an experienced health and medical journalist/editor who is communications director at the Sax Institute (follow [...]

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Recommended reading in the wake of Angelina Jolie’s preventive double mastectomy

In the aftermath of Angelina Jolie’s recent disclosure about having had a preventive double mastectomy, there have been several thoughtful articles that are worth reading, including the piece below from Hilda Bastian, first published at Scientific American blogs. (And there are more links below her piece). *** Keep health risks in perspective when the dramatic and [...]

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