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Thanks, SMH, for making me smile at the end of my working day. This quote:

at least four buses still on the road have made the equivalent of two return journeys to the moon

It reminds me of the Ms Frizzle and the Magic School Bus and gives me the most fabulous mental image of an old blue & white Sydney bus suddenly lifting off and heading moon-wards.

(And what a great role model Ms Frizzle was!)

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Today is Close the Gap day.

What gap? The 17 year gap in average life expectancy between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians.

That’s 17 years.

Amnesty has a petition.

At the time of writing, there were only about 550 signatures. That’s horrendously low. I encourage you to go and add yours.

(I found out about this from hexy.)

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Great. Women in the UK who have PMS are being offered anti-depressants. The linked article seems to take a pretty balanced look at the issue.

Anti-depressants are recommended by the current UK guidelines:

Guidelines from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) currently recommend antidepressants, specifically SSRIs such as Prozac, to treat severe PMS. They also seem to work on some of the other symptoms of PMS such as the abdominal cramps, not just the depression.

But the guidelines also make clear they’re not supposed to be the frontline of defence:

The RCOG guidelines say that doctors should first give advice about exercise, diet (caffeine-free, high in complex carbohydrates and low in sugar is best) and stress reduction before reaching for prescription pads. They suggest talking therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy, which aims to make people feel better about life events, and hormone treatment such as the contraceptive pill. [my emphasis]

The problem is, however, that GPs just don’t seem to know what to do:

Many doctors do not know that guidelines exist.

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The headline: “How to land a man for life”

The premise: There are more divorced women in towns than in rural areas, therefore a woman is less likely to get divorced if lives in the country, therefore any woman who wants to get married should head bush.

The numbers: In towns with populations of 100 000 or greater, 12.5% of women are divorced or separated, compared to 9.6% of men. The numbers are almost exactly reversed in rural areas with less than 200 people. In the areas in between, the numbers are approximately equal (around the 12.5% mark).

The problems:

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A few years ago, I got myself the Implanon contraceptive implant. I was extremely happy with it, and after its three-year lifetime expired, I got myself a replacement.

I got it about 12 months after it was released in Australia, and only a few years after the clinical trials had been carried out. I remembered reading the information sheets and talking to my doctor about failure rates, and at the time, the only information was from clinical trials. In those, the only prenancies had been where the implant wasn’t properly inserted (read: not at all) or where the woman had already been pregnant.

I thought I’d take a look and see if there was more data now, and I found this article through PubMed.

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