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Sexually Transmitted Infections Epidemic: Is Sex Education the Answer?

Posted: December 1st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Love and Other Drugs, Medicated, Science, Science News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Sexually Transmitted Infections Epidemic: Is Sex Education the Answer?

A community based sexual health group has raised the alarm about the level of risky sexual behaviour among young people, saying ignorance on the subject could make young Australians vulnerable to HIV/AIDS. Alischa Ross, the founder of Youth Empowerment Against HIV AIDS – YEAH – says her group sends volunteers into schools and public events such as music festivals to educate young people about safe sex. There has been a 20 per cent increase in the rate of infection among young people in the last three years, with chlamydia and gonorrhoea among the biggest culprits. Ms Ross says the trend points to more risky behaviour and widespread complacency. Ross says although HIV is not a huge problem in Australia, it will become more of an issue in the near future, looking at the trends of HIV and what we’ve seen happen worldwide for the last 30 years, is that where there are high incidents of Sexually Transmitted Infections, HIV follows D★D  READ MORE


COUCH-POTATOES! Each Hour of TV Cuts 22 Minutes OFF Your Life

Posted: September 28th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Cankler Science News, Health, Kiss My . . ., Science News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on COUCH-POTATOES! Each Hour of TV Cuts 22 Minutes OFF Your Life

Couch PotatoIf estimates are correct, then TV viewing is in the same league as smoking and obesity! In a new study into the healthy habits of couch potatoes, a University of Queensland study has compared watching television to smoking and similar unhealthy habits.

This comes on the back of a study last year with similar findings, do we sense a theme? Dr Veerman from Queensland Universitys School of Population Health says that the small proportion of people who watch six – or more – hours of television a day would reduce their lifespan by almost 5 years.

Each hour of TV you watch could cut 22 minutes from your lifespan,Veerman’s study has found.

Dr Lennert Veerman, from the School of Population Health at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, and colleagues, report their findings today in the British Journal of Sports Medicine :: Read the full article »»»»