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The Melbourne University Health Initiative (MUHI) is a student-run charity dedicated to public and global health. Students from a diverse range of faculties, with a common passion for elevating healthcare standards, are involved with MUHI. We are supported by the Nossal Institute for Global Health and as the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Read more about our purpose here!
The poliovirus is a mere 30 nanometres in diameter yet has wreaked havoc for thousands of years. While most patients have no symptoms, 1 in 20 experience fever, a sore throat, nausea and vomiting. A further 1 in 200 will suffer from paralysis. In the most severe cases this includes the muscles needed for breathing, with images of children in so called ‘iron lungs’ now infamous. However, scientific advances over the past 50 years mean that it is now on
Cancers are a leading cause of death across the globe, accounting for 13% of all fatalities in 2008. That is 7.6 million in absolute numbers. This means that cancers cause more deaths than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria collectively. Cancers are often thought of as one disease, and in essence they can be defined as the uncontrolled replication of abnormal cells. However, the development of cancer in different tissues and organs is encouraged by different risk factors, which can be broadly
So who wants to talk about contraception? Teenagers look the other direction in class, teachers stumble over their words, and parents do their best to avoid the topic until their child is 18 years old. It is a difficult topic, of course, but what many parents do not realise is that by not overcoming the initial embarrassment and feelings of awkwardness, they may be putting their children at major health risk. The misuse of contraceptives (or lack thereof) throughout a