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Beat the yeast

Thrush is a vaginal infection caused by an excess of candida albicans, a fungal yeast which normally inhabits the intestines. Symptoms include intense burning, itching, and a discharge. Anything which disturbs the normal balance of “good” bacteria in the gut can trigger it, including stress, antibiotics, spermicides, synthetic oestrogens, such as those in the contraceptive […]
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Aussie woman on the front line in Afghanistan

Aussie woman on the front line in Afghanistan

There’s more to the war in Afghanistan than terrorism. Glen Williams meets the brave Aussie women resurrecting ravaged communities. Up until now, it’s always been surreal. A dark item on the nightly news. Afghanistan – a place associated with buzz words such as “war on terror” and “Taliban”; home of the suicide bomber. “A bastard […]
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Educated women are the heaviest drinkers, a study shows

If you are rather partial to a glass of wine more than once in a while then you can console yourself with the thought that this is probably down to the fact that you are a clever person. That’s the conclusion of major new study which has found that university-educated women drink more than those […]
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Polycystic ovarian syndrome

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is caused by a hormone imbalance. It affects about 5 to 10 percent of women and is a leading cause of female infertility. PCOS is diagnosed by having two of the following three symptoms: small cysts on the ovaries, increased levels of male hormones and no regular ovulation. Women may also […]
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Medical warning over increase in the ‘wind-down’ wine

In case you weren’t confused enough about the benefits and consequences of drinking wine, a professor in Britain says that women risk developing liver disease or becoming alcohol-dependant because they are unaware of the impact of regular drinking. Professor Ian Gilmore, president of the Royal College of Physicians in London told Britain’s Telegraph.co.uk that the […]
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Strength training for women; the secret to an amazing body at any age

Strength training for women; the secret to an amazing body at any age

The facts Strength training does not make you ‘big’. To get big muscles you need to train a lot, very hard and with very heavy weights and you also need testosterone. This is hard enough for men and extremely difficult for women. Muscle is denser than fat, as it stores water and energy. Pay more […]
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What do you do if your Pap test result is abnormal?

So you’ve had your regular two-yearly Pap test … but this time the result has come back as “abnormal”. What does this actually mean? We asked expert, Kate Broun, manager of PapScreen Victoria, to explain. From July 2009, the vaccine is free for girls in year seven. For more information about Pap tests and cervical […]
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IVF success rates surge for women in their 40s

Women in their early 40s have doubled their chances of having a baby through IVF treatment in just two years and are enjoying a higher success rate than any other age group, national statistics have revealed. According to data issued by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, women aged between 40 and 44 had […]
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