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A Spoonful of Sugar Makes the Taxes go Up!

Reducing our society’s consumption of sugar is likely to lead to a range of health benefits, including a reduction in the current high rate of overweight/obesity and in related diseases such a diabetes.    The latest piece in the JournalWatch series by Dr Melissa Stoneham reviews a report on the first cost-effectiveness study of a ‘soft drink [...]

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Grindr – The app that has become part of the sexual health solution

Many thanks to Melissa Stoneham and the Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia (PHAIWA) for the latest instalment from Journal Watch. Melissa Stoneham writes: It is a common debate – does sex sell? I would have to say that I am of the opinion that sex does in fact sell in certain circumstances. Let’s take Miley [...]

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Pakistan, Polio and the Police – Where is the Balance?

Many thanks to PHAIWA and Melissa Stoneham for the latest Journal Watch article. Melissa Stoneham writes: I am an advocate for immunisation. I always have been and always will be. However, there was one short article featured in The Lancet during April which made me think that sometimes we go a little too far when [...]

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Sharing the Patient’s Voice with Health Professionals

One of the most significant changes to our health system over the past two decades is the increasing role of consumers and the community.  Consumers are now involved at some level in most areas of health care, from the design of research trials to the execution of health promotion campaigns.  Once controversial, few would now argue against [...]

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Journal Watch: Fighting the good fight over fast food – but still losing. Time to change tactics?

If it’s easier to influence land-use policies on the grounds of aesthetics or reducing litter and traffic than on whether fast food restaurants should be located close to hospitals or schools, do public health advocates have to rethink their tactics? That’s the question arising out of this latest instalment of Journal Watch from Dr Melissa [...]

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Vending machines – exercising your choice?

Many thanks to Dr Melissa Stoneham and the Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia for this latest instalment of Journal Watch. *** Melissa Stoneham writes: Vending machines – they are certainly versatile. You can get almost anything in them today. In Perth and Adelaide right now, 4 hot chip vending machines are being trialled. In [...]

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The search for research misconduct

In this latest contribution to Croakey, the Naked Doctor columnist, Dr Justin Coleman, looks at a confronting paper recently published in the JAMA. Dr Coleman writes: An astonishing article published recently in JAMA (1) flew largely under the radar, but is an extreme example of why doctors should exhibit caution when relying on individual trials for evidence about [...]

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Exercise for older Australians: Could outdoor gyms be the answer?

Many thanks to Dr Melissa Stoneham and the Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia for this latest instalment of Journal Watch. Dr Stoneham writes: My mum is a healthy 82 year old. She has eaten well all her life, had regular check-ups with her medical practitioners and although she wasn’t regularly active, rearing seven kids [...]

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Shoulder to shoulder – a closer look at the Men’s Shed movement

Here’s the latest article from the JournalWatch service of The Public Health Advocacy Institute WA, looking at the Men’s Shed movement in Australia and beyond, including a field trip by Dr Melissa Stoneham to her local Men’s Shed. *** Dr Melissa Stoneham writes: Recently Clare Shann, Deputy CEO of Beyondblue said “All Australian boys need a shed; a [...]

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Beyond the stethoscope: Restoring hope, heart and healing in medicine

In discussions about the flaws of our current health system, we rarely consider the impact of funding systems on the wellbeing and experiences of doctors. Forced into rush consultations by Medicare and waiting room economics, Lucy Mayes’ moving essay looks at the stress doctors experience by being unable to take ‘time to care’, leading to burnout and [...]

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