Michele Tydd
is an Illawarra-based freelance journalist.

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News September 08, 2018

Syphilis in northern communities

As an infectious syphilis epidemic continues to ravage northern Australia – now threatening the lives of newborn babies – Indigenous sexual health specialist James Ward is leading a campaign to help remote communities.

Health July 14, 2018

The pressures of living with sick or disabled siblings

While children with a disability or chronic illness are seen as being in need of support, their siblings may be left struggling to cope with their complex family dynamic.

Health June 16, 2018

Reversing alopecia

While alopecia areata poses no long-term threat to general health, psychological effects can be severe. Will a new drug trial hold the key to reversing the condition?

Health May 19, 2018

The benefits of plant-based eating

While vegans and vegetarians are sometimes regarded with scepticism, nutritional experts suggest Australians’ health could benefit greatly from an increased intake of plant-based foods.

Health April 28, 2018

Combatting prostate cancer

For most men, a diagnosis of prostate cancer comes with news of an excellent survival rate. But the challenges of the illness can run far beyond the cancer itself.

Health February 23, 2018

Tattoos and skin cancer

The trend among young people to get large, elaborate tattoos could seriously hinder future detection of skin cancers.

Health December 15, 2017

Virtual reality and dementia

Using gaming technology to transport carers and family members into the mind of a dementia patient is revolutionising understanding of this debilitating degenerative condition.

Health November 18, 2017

Early menopause and fertility-related genetic conditions

Large numbers of younger women are being told they’ve undergone early menopause, but some medical experts are concerned the diagnosis is far too simplistic.

Health August 11, 2017

Noise and aviation safety

Studies into the serious effects of noise on health are now being applied to aviation safety, with concerning results.

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