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Hi all,

Here are two simple ways to support ill children and homeless people:

STREAT http://www.streat.com.au/about STREAT trains young homeless people in cooking and hospitality to help them get off the streets. When you buy food or drink from STREAT cafe, all the money goes towards supporting young people who are living on the streets or at risk of becoming homeless. They make a ripping good Earl Grey tea, for tea lovers out there. :) 

STREAT is based in Melbourne, Australia. It has cafes located in Melbourne Central Station (ground floor, near the escalators to the trains), Flemington (305 Racecourse Road, Flemington) and 5 McKillop Street, Melbourne. I've been to the one located in Melbourne Central Station. Their stall has a table shaped like a roadsign saying, "Stop homelessness the delicious way." You can't miss it. There's a small pole near their stall with several handwritten signs. The one saying 'Coles' is upside down, which I found funny and adorable.The menu at the Flemington cafe changes seasonally. The STREATS food cart at Federation Square is relocating to Melbourne University.

At Sydney Domestic Airport: When you enter the food court, there's a Donut King section with a donation box. The money goes to Starlight Children's Foundation (to help sick children in hospital). :)

Throughout Melbourne Tullamarine Domestic Airport there are boxes where you can donate to Vision Australia and the Guide Dogs Association.
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This link has incredibly helpful links for Los Angeles residents (in the US) to charities (which help people from all religions and cultural backgrounds) and services that help with bill paying, homelessness, housing, and the services listed below. Feel more than free to let me know if there's anything I can add or update:
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Join us in standing up for reproductive health and education. Planned Parenthood, the organization that delivers reproductive health care, sex education and information to millions of people worldwide, has come under fire in the U.S. lately, with many politicians on both state and federal level seeking to end funding (and in a few cases succeeding).

During the month of May, you can send a specially designed Planned Parenthood vgift to your friends to help support this cause. (And if you need someone to send it to, [livejournal.com profile] frank is always happy to receive gifts!) There are three variations ($1, $5 and $10) for you to choose from, but they'd all look good on your profile when your friends know that you stand by something so important.


Thank you all for your help in our support for Planned Parenthood. This promotion ends June 1, 2012; LiveJournal is not affiliated with Parent Parenthood. For more information about Planned Parenthood, please visit: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/

-The LiveJournal Team

(If you'd like to help spread the word that we're raising funds for Planned Parenthood, you can crosspost this entry in your own journal or community by using the repost button below!)

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Originally posted by[personal profile] gabrielleabelleat Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.

*EDIT* There's also a petition on change.org. The nifty button for that doesn't seem to want to work, but here's a link that should.

This has been crossposted to my DW account. You are free to comment either here or there, if you'd like to comment. Preferably here, but it doesn't really matter. Whichever one works for you. :D

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From Medical Searh Online: http://www.medicalsearch.com.au/Features/A-watchful-eye-on-dementia-sufferers-with-MyLife-6773

This month Signature Security Group (SSG), one of Australia’s leading security companies, will launch a wearable device called the MyLife inTouch GPS Personal Locator, designed to help carers ensure their dementia patients don’t get lost.

MyLife inTouch is the industry’s leading location solution and is based on the latest easy-to-wear device, Global Positioning System (GPS) software that can pinpoint a person’s location to within 10 metres, and a personal 24x7 emergency response service.

While dementia is more prevalent in people aged over 65 it can also affect people in their 30s, 40s and 50s**. The most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer’s but it can also be caused by mental illness, Down Syndrome, stroke, Parkinson’s and vascular conditions such as emphysema.

Read more... )Read more... )How brilliant is that? :D This device is going to be available soon!Once it's out on the market, people with dementia have more freedom and can do the things they want without geting lost! Plus, carers and health workers can get on with their lives and focus on other things without having to worry about a client's safety.
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Hello everyone,

pinkcherrylips has posted in advocates on her sick niece, who has severe and painful bone marrow cancer. Her niece is only 5 years old. She urgently needs a tumor to be extracted. However, Insurance won't cover her, as it's a 'pre-existing condition'. This is totally disgusting and wrong. Below is pinkcherrylips' post:

Hey there. So my poor lil 5 year old niece has a terrible form of bone marrow cancer and her parents are barely getting by on welfare and medicare. She very badly needs a tumor extracted and the insurance won't cover seeing as it's a "pre-existing condition".STOOPID! So, I am doing all I can to earn some $ to help out.

Please check out my stuff and if it's not quite your style, pass the link along to a friend- it might be just what they are looking for and might make a lil kidder's day! Thanks all! xoxo

If you're into cheap Disney stuff and have some money to spare, please consider heading over to http://myworld.ebay.com/theeclecticminx to buy it. If it's not your thing, please repost about this, so other people can help pinkcherrylips' niece out. Thank you so much!

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Good evening there everyone,

Take a peek at this article. Five easy ways to fight homophobia (GLBT rights concern everyone. Many people are GLBT. But not everyone is out and proud about being a GLBT person. So everybody, listen up!!! The article is aimed at people in US, UK and the rest of Europe. If you're not from US/UK, Europe, you can use similar ideas to combat homophobia and make your society safer for GLBT people, too.)


Contact your local PFLAG chapter and stay in touch, by clicking on the above link. Get involved and learn more on GLSEN's projects - please click http://www.glsen.org/cgi-bin/iowa/all/library/record/2342.html?state=what

Read more... )Thank you so much  if you do get involved! We need all the help we can get!

Medical Search article on hearing aids (the myths, AND the facts). In a nutshell: if you need hearing aids, go get 'em! What are you waiting for? :)  http://www.medicalsearch.com.au/Features/Workplace-hearing-myths-and-facts-5364


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Hello everyone,

The text in italics is from the websites below. Please read ahead, and tell everyone you know! Both are urgent issues.

Urge US to prevent maternal deaths:

Linda Coale, a healthy 35-year-old woman who died just days after giving birth to her son, Benjamin. Her age and delivery via c-section made her a high-risk case, yet no one – nurse, doctor, hospital welcome packet – told her to watch for signs of a blood clot.

She slipped through the cracks and died.

Benjamin, now 2, can’t celebrate Mother’s Day with his mom. But you can help save another son or daughter the heartbreak of growing up without a mother. I
n 40 countries women have a lower risk of maternal death than in the United States, and all of those countries spend less on health care.

Amnesty’s work on maternal health tackles the root causes of preventable maternal death such as discrimination, inadequate care and lack of secure access to care. Our goal is to make safe birth a top priority in the U.S. health system.

Our strategy has worked to make substantive changes and save women’s lives in Sierra Leone and Burkina Faso. Now it’s time to rise up for American women and children.

Help families celebrate a thousand more Mother’s Days with a gift to Amnesty International today.



Arizona's new anti-immigration law

Players are demanding the 2011 All-Star Game be moved from Phoenix, AZ unless the new law - which allows police to stop anyone they "reasonably" suspect of being in the country illegally - is repealed.

It's time we get the players' backs. I just signed a petition urging MLB Commissioner Bud Selig to move the game--can you join me at the link below?


Thank you so much!

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Hello and good evening everyone,

Below is some information on treatments for sleep phobia, anxiety and sleeping problems. Here are my lj posts with links and advice on how to get some good sleep:

If you have sleep phobia, it's worth speaking to your local doctor or psychologist about how to lower it. I've also read that meditation, massage, deep breathing and cognitive behavioural therapy can help people with anxieties and phobias about sleep.

You can download a cheap self hypnosis guide (it only costs about 7 to 8 pounds) to overcome sleep phobia here:


You can also read about these sleep relaxation techniques here: http://www.umm.edu/sleep/relax_tech.htm


Here are some relaxation techniques for anxiety and stress: http://www.healthyplace.com/anxiety-panic/anxiety-self-help/relaxation-techniques-for-relief-of-anxiety-and-stress/menu-id-1216/

breathing techniques for anxiety: http://www.pe2000.com/anx-breathe.htm
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Please read this. This may save your life. If not yours, then someone else's. Go long and see the other websites! It's definitely worth it! The information is simple and clear. Each page outlines symptoms and treatments for diseases and illnesses. You never know when you might need this. I know some of you might be thinking, "That could never happen to me". But you can never be too prepared.

There's a plethora of links to resources for seeking help we all need. There's links with tons of facts on exercises to help you cope with cancer, as well as pain management and foods that spiral our risk of getting cancer. There are foods that boost your immune system against cancer, too:  http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Cancer_and_food?OpenDocument

I know pancreatic cancer is most common among older people. But young people can get it, too. This awful disease kills many people. Few people who have pancreatic cancer survive for more than 3-6 months. So if you have any of the symptoms below, see your doctor as soon as possible. This could make the difference between life and death.

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Hey there people,

The following information is from a workshop on the Guardianship Tribunal at Liverpool Hospital. All mistakes are mine. Let me know if I need to correct something!

Speaker Malcolm Scuyver

Person Responsible

The person after a Guardian who can consent to decisions being made on a person’s behalf is the Person Responsible. “Person Responsible” is the legal name for a person with the legal authority to make decisions on someone’s behalf.


Persons Responsible (in order of the person with the most legal authority to make decisions on someone’s behalf):

1.     Guardian

2.     Spouse

3.     Carer (must be unpaid)

4.     Close relative or friend

When is someone not a Person Responsible?

1.     They can decline the role of being the Person Responsible in writing

2.     A doctor can write that a person is incapable of being the Person Responsible


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Hi there!

here's the lowdown on the Guardianship Tribunal. Here are the bare bones of what it's about, and what it does:

The Guardianship Tribunal can decide if a person needs to have a substitute decision maker due to their inability to make life decisions onttheir own behalf. Guardianship relates to decisions about a person's lifestyle and other personal matters, such as where they live, what services they receive, and what medical and dental treatment they receive. Financial management relates to decisions about a person's money and assets.

Pamphlet on what the Tribunal does:


Official GT site: http://www.gt.nsw.gov.au/

FAQs on Guardianship Tribunal: http://www.gt.nsw.gov.au/questions/

Facts from a workshop on the Guardianship Tribunal at Liverpool Hospital, NSW:

Presenter for Intro and overview - Malcolm Schyvens Deputy President of the Guardianship Tribunal

The Guardianship Tribunal can give consent to sterilisation forms. It can review Power of Attorney forms. It can also give approval of clinical trials for people who can't consent.

Guardianship Tribunal members are made up of (1) a lawyer (solicitor or barrister), (2) health professional (Medical staff and Allied Health. Medical staff includes doctors and nurses. Allied Health includes other health professionals, such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers, dieticians, speech pathologists, podiatrists, diversional therapists) and (3) community member with experience in disability (either a person with a disability, or a carer etc).


A Private Guardian is a Guardian who is relative or a friend of the client. A Public Guardian is a Guardian from the Office of the Public Guardian.



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All errors are mine. Let me know if I need to add some more information or correct this post!

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Hi there!

Peruse information on the ketogenic diet below to your heart's content. Warning: It's not for everyone, and can have severe side effects. The diet is very hard to follow. You also need health staff to monitor it closely. Feel free to learn more here: http://www.epilepsy.org.au/treatment_ketogenic.asp

The ketogenic diet, is a specific diet, very high in fats and low in carbohydrates. It makes the body burn fat for energy instead of glucose.

It is a very strict diet, and needs to be closely monitored by a dietician. It takes a strong commitment from the whole family. It is a serious form of treatment that, like other therapies for epilepsy, has side effects that have to be watched for.


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Side effects: Any beliefs that the diet is “holistic” or “all-natural” are incorrect. The diet is not without side effects. Gastrointestinal complaints are most common and include constipation and worsening of reflux, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. Weight loss or gain may also occur. Speak to the doctor about various side effects of this diet.

Limitations of this diet: The diet alone is inadequate in many vitamins and minerals. Supplements will be prescribed for your child while on the ketogenic diet.

When to stop using this diet: If the diet has led to seizure freedom for 2 years, side effects are intolerable, or the family does not feel that the diet is worth the effort, it may be recommended discontinuing the
diet. Like discontinuing medications, the diet must be gradually weaned with the supervision of your doctor and dietician..

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Hi there!

Smart and funny advice here...in the Tyra show, ladies ask female doctors questions you might too freaked out to ask (on hygiene, opening bowels, allergies, stopping brainfreeze). Simple advice that works. Check it here:






Let me know if the advice works - some of it already works for me!
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Here's some information that sounds obvious that you might have been too worried to ask about, for fear of sounding stupid:

What is an EEG? And what's an MRI?


An electroencephalogram/brain wave test (EEG) is a test to detect problems in the electrical activity of the brain. How to prepare for the test, risks, what abnormalities mean.

Pictures of having an EEG:


EEG is used to help diagnose if you're having seizures and if so, what type. An EEG is also used to find the causes of confusion, and to evaluate head injuries, tumors, infections, degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, and abnormal changes in body chemistry that affect the brain.

It is also used to evaluate problems with sleep ( sleep disorders) and to investigate periods of unconsciousness. The EEG may be done to show that the brain has no activity, in the case of someone in a deep coma. It can be helpful when trying to decide if someone is brain dead.

EEG can not be used to measure intelligence.

http://www.users.on.net/~vision/misc/MRI-scan-information.htm An MRI is a way of creating pictures of your body that does not use X-rays or radiation. The MRI machine makes pictures by organising and collecting the magnetic fields that naturally occur within the body. MRI pictures show the soft tissues of the body (muscles, nerves, brain, discs, ligaments etc). In many situations MRI offers unique information to help your doctor better plan your treatment and care. Above site has information on preparations for MRI, risks, people who might be harmed by MRIs

Pictures of MRIs:


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Check out this.

Saving lives from HIV by telling stories in Africa: http://www.medicalsearch.com.au/Features/Telling-stories-saving-lives-4949 I absolutely loved how this article mentioned that we can reach out to people about HIV - through speaking about it in a simple, interesting and culturally relevant way. Here,  a science shows uses an exciting adventure story to teach children about HIV and how to prevent it spreading.

It forms part of a science show that has been developed by PhD researcher and science communicator Graham Walker, who is based in the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science.

As part of a wider intervention led by the UniZul Science Centre, the science show aims to give early high school students an entertaining yet serious account that details the science of HIV. Walker has developed it with long-time friend Derek Fish from UniZul. Through the story its creators hope to better inform young South Africans about the behaviours that spread HIV/AIDS and how they can avoid the virus.

"The story and the science show aim to protect young people as well as encourage preventative behaviours," explains Walker.

Urge Kathleen Sebelius (US Dept of Health and Human Services) to help create an Office of Maternal Health. The maternal Health system in the US is a total disaster. More than half of women who give birth die every day. African American women are almost 4 times as likely to die from pregnancy related complications than white women. Over thirty thousand women almost die from childbirth related complications. An Office of Maternal Health can encourage health professionals to do home visits in the days following childbirth; It can jumpstart a strong enforcement of federal nondiscrimination laws. The scary thing is that the US is a rich country, and yet so many women are dying from a broken healthcare system. Every woman deserves to have a safe pregnancy, whether she's rich or poor.


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Hi there!

Everyone, feel free to click on the link below to find out what you all should know about sleep medications:

-side effects
-how to take them safely
-other tips on getting a good night's sleep
-alternatives to taking pills for sleep


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Hi there everyone,

Please read below and sign the petition at the link below if you are a medical professional:

AMA: Quit the Chamber of Commerce

The American Medical Association has run ads in support of President Obama's health care plan for months. So why is the AMA simultaneously helping fund a massive attack campaign to kill the bill?
The AMA is a leading member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which is spending millions attacking the health care bill as a crushing tax increase.
As a medical professional, you have a powerful voice for reform. Can you sign our petition urging the AMA to stop funding opposition to health care reform and quit the U.S. Chamber of Commerce?


Thanks heaps!
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Hey there all,

Some information you might find handy:

Home Safety Checklist (Please read this, especially if you have children at home):



Factsheets from Children's Hospital at Westmead in NSW, Australia (with information on caring for your child's health and wellbeing. It includes great tips on handling allergies, mental health problems, poison, using basic life support):


Factsheet on how to deal with nightmares and night terrors:


Hope this comes in handy!
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Hi everyone,

Please read below. It's up to you to decide whether you want to decide if we should never support people who agree with Republicans to water down the public health insurance option. A public health insurance option can help ensure that anyone can get health care they need to have a better quality of life. It can save their lives. Thanks so much if you do vote!

MoveOn Official BallotA few conservative Democrats have publicly hinted they might help Republicans block an up-or-down vote on health care reform if it includes a public health insurance option. We could pressure them to do the right thing by publicly announcing that we'll never support anyone who stands with Republicans at this crucial moment, but whether we do is up to MoveOn members.

Should MoveOn refuse to support the re-election of any senator who helps block an up-or-down vote on a health care reform bill with a public option?

Vote at the ballot here:



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