Alison Branley,

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Recent articles by Alison:

Pacemaker-defibrillator device shocks patient 60 times, but manufacturer Biotronik denies problem

An ABC investigation finds multiple cases of faulty pacemakers-defibrillators made by one manufacturer, which claims there is no evidence of systematic failure. → Read More

MRI scans causing anxiety, claustrophobia as access to new machines becomes 'licencing' issue

For people with serious illnesses who need an MRI, the scan can sometimes be the most traumatic procedure of all. → Read More

One man's 33-year fight for his daughter takes him to second royal commission

Yoey has spent her life in foster care and group homes for people with disabilities. Her father has been fighting to get her back and this week marks the start of his next battle. → Read More

Breast implant cancer risk prompts growing number of women to have them removed

An emerging number of women who survive breast cancer are developing a new blood cancer from the implants used to make themselves feel whole again. The problem-plagued products are now prompting a new explant industry to emerge. → Read More

NSW abortion debate fails to understand no-one makes decision easily, woman who had late termination says

One woman explains what she says policy makers have failed to understand about a historic vote to decriminalise abortion in NSW, the final state reform its criminal code in this area. → Read More

'No thanks Grandma': Children taught to say no to sloppy kisses to understand consent

For many children, a sloppy kiss from grandma was a rite of passage growing up. Now it's being used as a light-hearted example to help empower children against potential sexual abuse. → Read More

Pharma giant tracking Google searches to target opioid ads

A pharmaceutical company that makes highly addictive opioid painkillers has been tracking the public's health searches on Google to better target their ad campaigns. → Read More

Google search data used by pharma giant to bombard users with ads for addictive opioids

A US pharmaceutical giant uses Google search data to target ads to constipation sufferers, promoting its new addictive opioid in a campaign that in intensifies until they click. → Read More

Pharma giant using loophole to falsely promote opioid pain relief product across Australia

A pharmaceutical giant owned by the Sackler family in the United States is using flaws in regulation to push its latest product deep into regional Australia. → Read More

Experts concerned Australia's vaccine program lagging behind

Health experts are concerned the current national program for vaccine funding has started to lag behind other developed countries, affecting access to lifesaving injections. → Read More

Stylists union says planned penalty rate cuts are a woman issue

A new hair stylists union says planned cuts to their penalty rates is a case of a woman-dominated industry being targeted. → Read More

Hairdressers unionise and unite for fight against proposed cut to penalty rates

They do apprenticeships, work with tools and are exposed to chemicals, so why aren't hairdressers paid as well as plumbers? The Australian Workers Union wants that to change. → Read More

How gender could be working its way into other parts of the tax system

If footballers can claim sports equipment, why can't flight attendants claim make-up? Some advocates argue structural inequalities put women at a disadvantage when it comes to paying tax. → Read More

Women's hearts really do work differently to men's, research reveals

There are differences between the male and female heart, which may explain conflicting symptoms when it comes to heart disease, research shows. → Read More

Doctor behind original device that harmed many women now subject of damning ruling

Peter Petros, a doctor credited as an inventor of one of the first transvaginal mesh devices, is the subject of a damning ruling by the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal after a case was brought by the Health Care Complaints Commission. → Read More

Are medical specialists' fees too high?

If you feel you've been stung by high medical costs, you're not alone. Australia's chief medical officer says some specialists' fees are so high they may be unethical. → Read More

Young people don't understand how texting can turn ugly, report says

Romy Harwood says a former relationship was like having a bodyguard 24-7, and she wants more young people to understand the fine line between texting a lot and abuse. → Read More

#MyMums are dominating at uni, but they are more likely to drop out than their kids

The number of women over 40 years old at university has almost doubled in the past decade, but they are more likely to drop out than school leavers because of family commitments. → Read More

Are elite schools reinforcing sexist stereotypes? Researchers say the answer is on the field

School sport ovals might be a long way from the boardroom, but research suggests they could be helping to lock women out because boys schools have three times more play space than girls schools. → Read More

Women make up half of voters, so what's aimed directly at them this election?

While women do not vote as a bloc, they are impacted differently by many party policies. We take a look what the major parties are offering. → Read More