End to the Silence

An End to the Silence: The Supported Accommodation Crisis

You will be acutely aware of the chronic shortage of supported accommodation for people with intellectual disabilities in NSW.

Not only are carers having to provide the supported accommodation which Government is unwilling to fund, but the service system is so stretched that people are pushed into crisis before the system will respond.

Odds Are

– in an editorial, did Mr. Ornery name any names?
– did he condemn lotteries?
– did he oppose pay-for-guaranteed play service?
– did he indicate in any way that he would, to borrow wrestler Chris Jerrico’s old tag line, “never…EVER…” play games of chance again?

Power, Beauty, and Strength

If defining magical realism was difficult, talking about the diversity of Latin American women authors is even more so. As with any group of writers or artists, while there may be some similarities and commonalties, Latin American women writers span the literature spectrum.

Water and Weight Loss

Water works! We all know to we are suppose to drink water … but do you know why it helps with weight loss? Here’s why.

Water, water, water. Doctors, nurses, nutritionists, fitness and health experts cannot emphasize enough the importance of sufficient water intake on a daily basis.

Breast Changes What Happens

Most breast symptoms in premenopausal women are caused by the normal changes in hormone levels during a menstrual cycle 3. In the 2 weeks before a woman’s period, levels of estrogen increase. Symptoms usually get worse during this time. As soon as the menstrual period starts, the estrogen levels drop and levels of progesterone increase until the middle of the cycle. Symptoms usually get better during this time.

Symptoms caused by the hormones of the menstrual cycle usually disappear at menopause, unless a woman takes a hormone replacement.

Noncyclic breast pain often goes away on its own without treatment.

Cysts may get better after a menstrual period, or they may persist and grow larger. Draining a cyst with a needle (aspiration) usually makes it disappear, but it may return, especially if it is large.

Solid masses, such as fibroadenomas, may be surgically removed, partially removed and examined in a lab (biopsy), or left in place and watched very closely. They will not go away without surgery, but they will not become cancerous.

Abscesses or infections are usually treated with antibiotics. In some cases, surgery is needed to drain an abscess.

See the topic Breast Cancer in the CancerNet portion of the Knowledgebase for a discussion of the course and treatment of breast cancer. Use the search feature to look up breast cancer.