Posts in ‘Health’


Friday, October 31st, 2014

I’m struck by the urgency with which some suggest Australia must send doctors to deal with the Ebola threat in West Africa. What is it about Australian doctors that makes them indispensable? Can’t doctors from other countries handle the threat as competently (or even more so) thanĀ those from Australia? Perhaps those countries not sending theirĀ airmen […]

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Why OLO has published on the link between abortion and breast cancer

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

After the treatment meted out to Eric Abetz, possibly the last thing I wanted to see in my email inbox was an article from a credible academic, with credible evidence, that there could indeed be a link between abortion and breast cancer. But there it was, and it has been published today. Despite the media […]

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Why not retire at 81?

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

The whole idea of retirement is a new-fangled invention, and not one that I think has been for the good. When it comes to work, I’m with Marx – it is what defines us. A life without work is a life without definition. Before the 20th century there was no idea that there was a […]

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Filed under: Economics,Health,Society

Plain packaging works for everyone but tobacco companies

Friday, November 29th, 2013

It seems that plain packaging hasn’t reduced Australian smoking rates so far, according to this report from London Economics, so you might think that it fails to meet its policy targets. And that might be the case if you accept that the previous government’s only aim with this policy was to cut smoking rates. But […]

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Filed under: Economics,Health

Push bikes and blood pressure

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Could riding a push bike be a superior way of controlling blood pressure?

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My partner made me fat

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Jenny Craig has just posted the results of a survey of 400 people which, according to the press release comes to the conclusion that your partner can make you fat. Apparently one in 10 women blame the bad eating habits of their partners for their weight gain, and 7% say their partner made them fat […]

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What could be better than sliced bread?

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

It is not trivial that ‘earning our daily bread’ is synonymous, even in the 21st century, with the most fundamental economic elements: do something so that you can eat. The only societies that don’t measure their success in terms of their daily bread are the societies that are equally dependent on other grains or starches: […]

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Junkies are the scum of the earth (3)

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

No point in talking about my son any more. Why depress everyone, including myself? Better to boast of solutions to the tedious society vs the individual vs resource distribution conundrum. In relation to drug policy at least. Again I find my suggestions are viable, and being implemented in the enlightened backwoods of Scandinavia. On the […]

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Posted by Ronda Jambe at 2:53 pm | Comments (4) |

A 12 step program for saving the environment

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

It’s as easy as 1-2-3: Intention – Design – Governance. Times 4, because you need to keep looping around. Hello, this is my Thursday Blog, in fulfillment of the only New Year’s Resolution I dare to make. A committment to blog each week is made all the easier for having nothing to say, and knowing […]

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Posted by Ronda Jambe at 12:15 pm | Comments (6) |

Cancer clusters, another panic

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

A number of firefighters in Atherton have developed cancer, so it is reported (it would appear from Google most prominently by the ABC) that we have a “cancer cluster”. The ABC is likely to be sensitive to this because of the cancer cluster at their former studios in Brisbane. The fire service is investigating, but […]

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