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On 10/02/13 1:11 PM, Dr Leila Moghadas wrote:
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Dear Wayne
Actually I have not used your product in my personal practice but as I read a bout it on web it seems amazing! Hope to use it soon.
Best regards

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Sex re-education vital for baby boomers & why women need to be screened every two years for cervical disease.

Looking for love online has become extremely popular these days, it used to be a secret once, but now nobody minds admitting to it. Online dating is not only for the young, and many baby boomers are also turning to the internet to find romance as they find themselves single again.

With more Australians living longer and healthier lives at the same time as divorce rates are on the rise, many will find new sexual partners later in life. Some of those who have been in long, monogamous relationships are now looking for more casual sexual encounters before they commit themselves again.

The availability of drugs such as Viagra has given many men who had given up hope to be sexual again, new opportunities.

Women who are now at a different stage in their life are quite happy being single for a while. The children may have left home and it is now time for them to have some fun. However, a long period of sexual monogamy has left them ill-equipped about safe-sex practice. Most women were on the pill and never, ever used a condom. And they missed out on the “safe sex messages” that were promoted in the 1980s.

Education campaigns about safe sex are generally aimed at young people and there is still an element of ageist stereotyping in our community that makes it difficult for some to believe older people still have sex. But the latest figures from the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System show that STIs continue to rise, particularly among older age groups.

New cases of chlamydia among Australians aged 40 to 85 have jumped 17 per cent in the past three years, while the incidence of gonorrhoea has risen 44 per cent in the same period, an analysis by Family Planning NSW has revealed. The safe-sex message seems to have missed the baby-boomer generation.

About a year ago Family Planning NSW, together with the support of RSVP, Fairfax Media's dating site launched a safe-sex awareness campaign for older Australians called the “Little Black Dress”. The message was all about communication and the importance of being upfront when talking about safe sex with a new partner.

A short video with the theme: “Safe sex is an easier conversation to have with your clothes on” was produced, aimed at educating older Australians about the risk of having sex without a condom in a new relationship and the importance of being tested for STIs if unprotected sex happens.

People should have an honest discussion with a new partner about using a condom, before being swept away in the heat of the moment. They may not have been very sexually active themselves but their new partners may have been.

RSVP helped to promote the campaign, hosting a series of videos and articles on its Over 50 and Fabulous site group, to communicate the safe sex message to its members.

An attractive and discreet wallet was designed, with a picture on the front of a “Little Black Dress” which contained a condom, lube and instructions. About 3000 free packs were distributed at RSVP single events and were available from Family Planning NSW.

The project was delivered at the Australasian Menopause Society Conference in 2012 and the Australian Women's Health Conference in 2013, and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive.

Over recent years I have spoken to an increasing number of men and women, who needed advice on how to start a new relationship after the break-up of their marriages or long relationships. I was shocked by how many of them had never considered safe sex as they still believed that a condom was only needed to prevent pregnancies.

Nothing is more embarrassing for a baby boomer after having had sex with several new partners, to be told by a GP that he or she has an STI. The best rule to follow is “no condom, no sex” until both partners are tested.

It can be difficult to negotiate the use of a condom with a new partner, but remember they may be concerned about the same thing. The “Little Black Dress” condoms are not available any more, but choosing some of the rather interesting types available now, could definitely be a great “ice-breaker” when you still have your clothes on!

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/life/sex-reeducation-vital-for-baby-boomers-20130930-2unh2.html#ixzz2gWx3lc58

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  1. There are 100 types of human papillomavirus (HPV).
  2. In 2004 nearly two million women were screened through the Australian National Cervical Screening program and 14,503 were confirmed to have high-grade abnormalities, the highest rate was in the 25 – 29 age group.*
  3. The incidence of cervical cancer has almost halved since 1991 when 1,091 cases of cervical disease were reported and 2002 when 689 cases were reported.*
  4. The death rate from cervical disease has dropped from 329 in 1991 to 227 in 2002.* It is still far too high.
  5. In Australia, most women who discover they have abnormal cervical cells from having a Pap smear will not get cervical disease.
  6. In developing countries cervical cancer is one of the leading causes of disease death in women.**
  7. An estimated 95% of women in developing countries have never been screened for cervical disease.**
  8. Over 80% of women newly diagnosed with cervical cancer live in developing countries; most are diagnosed when they have advanced disease.**
  9. If left untreated (in developing countries) cervical disease is almost always fatal.**

Reference:

* Cervcial screening in Australia 2003 – 2004 (August 2006) Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2006. Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/10359

 **Comprehensive Cervical Cancer Control, A guide to essential practice. World Health Organisation
http://www.who.int/reproductive-health/publications/cervical_cancer_gep/text.pdf

 

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ACCF is proud to announce the launch of the biography of our Scientific Advisor, Professor Ian Frazer AC 

Prof. Ian Frazer has become a household name due to the amazing work he has done to reduce the chance of precious women across the world being diagnosed with the life threatening disease, cervical cancer.

The biography details the real story of this Scottish-born Australian of the Year, co-inventor of the HPV vaccine. Written by Madonna King, an award winning journalist, she tells of the ongoing struggle for funding cancer research, the herculean international legal battle waged to win the patent, the devastating loss of his friend and co researcher, Dr Jian Zhou, and Ian Frazer’s ongoing commitment to have the vaccine made available in the developing world.

The book is available to be purchased online here, and is available at most good bookstores.

 

A percentage of all proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation.

Reference: http://accf.org.au/ianfrazer-bio

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For sure!

Hi Alecia

Thank you for your encouraging comments. We look forward to getting the product on the market. Do you mind if I post your blog to our website http://www.medsysint.com.au/


On 09/11/13 4:41 AM, Alecia Boyle wrote:
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your product sounds amazing! As a pharmacist and a woman I can see a big future in this, I'm looking forward to reading more about it. Alecia 

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"Get the Pap Text" is an initiative of the Australian Cervical Foundation (ACCF) to reduce the number of Australian women who suffer or die each year from cervical disease.Get the Pap Text is an SMS reminder sent to Australian women during the month they nominate they are due for their 2-yearly Pap test.  http://accf.org.au/getthepaptext.html

 

Regular Pap tests can prevent up to 90% of the most common cervical diseases  – and in Australia, that means saving the lives of more than 1,200 women each year. A Pap test picks up early warning signs that can be treated before disease develops.

Aboriginal women are more than five times more likely to die from cervical disease than non-Aboriginal women in Australia. This suggests that Aboriginal women are less likely to have regular Pap tests to pick up early warning signs.

Cervical disease is one of the most preventable of all diseases. Cervical disease is a disease where normal cells in the cervix change and multiply to form a growth or tumor.

If you have a Pap test every two years you are doing the most important thing possible to avoid this disease.

Source: http://www.csp.nsw.gov.au/aboriginal

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Because new cells in the cervix regularly replace old cells, and because a Pap test is not 100% accurate, it is strongly suggested that you have a Pap test every two years until you are 70 years old. Your doctor or nurse may suggest more frequent Pap tests if you have had problems in the past. Regular tests are the best way to find changes that warn of cervical disease. If you have any unexpected bleeding or increased discharge from your vagina, it is important that you see a doctor as soon as you can, even if you have recently had a normal Pap test. Having regular Pap tests is an important step in staying healthy.

Source: http://www.fpnsw.org.au/51174_8.html

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This is a post from my LinkedIn page:

Hi Wayne
Happy to link in with you. What a fantastic product! I am very much in favor of empowering clients/patients and in this case, women to safeguard their health. The test is certainly one which many women put off and the ability to use in the privacy of one's home is an excellent innovation.

I worked with something similar for another organization. Are the pathologists accepting of it for analysis? Have you experienced any reluctance from that sector? I am keen to know more. I think it a fantastic idea. Lots of questions.

Kind regards
Angela

Hi Angela - Healthscope Pathology will be the lab doing the analysis and surepath is the preservative fluid. 43% of women in Australia choice not to have a Pap smear every three years. Solopap should play a role in a women's choice in preventative health. My Skype name is lindsay842a and I am available at any time by appointment. If you like you can speak directly with my wife or one of my daughters.

Kind Regards,

Wayne 

I am 26 and have been agoraphobic for 9 years. How do I order a Solopap test kit.

Subject: Purchase Message: I would like to purchase a solopap kit. I am 26 and have been agoraphobic for 9 years. Am I able to order from Canada? How do i order and where do i take it to receive my results?

Definition: Agoraphobia is a condition where the sufferer becomes anxious in environments that are unfamiliar or where he or she perceives that they have little control. Triggers for this anxiety may include wide open spaces, crowds (social anxiety), or traveling (even short distances). Agoraphobia is often, but not always, compounded by a fear of social embarrassment, as the agoraphobic fears the onset of a panic attack and appearing distraught in public. This is also sometimes called 'social agoraphobia' which may be a type of social anxiety disorder also sometimes called "social phobia".

Agoraphobia occurs about twice as commonly among women as it does in men.

References:

Behavenet. DSM-IV & DSM-IV TR: Agorophobia. http://www.behavenet.com/capsules/disorders /agoraphobia.htm.

 http://www.psychiatry.org/File%20Library/Practice/DSM/DSM-5/Changes-from-DSM-IV-TR--to-DSM-5.pdf (PDF). American Psychiatric Association. May 17, 2013. Retrieved May 23, 2013.

"Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment". Helpguide.org. Retrieved 2013-05-08.

  

 

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Thank you for adding me and clueing me on to this new device. Would love to know more and pass info on this product to as many as possible. Can this be purchased yet in Australia?

I am a Aussie who has suffered from premalignant cells on my cervix and have had a few operations to remove the offending cells. I've been lucky to have been finally given the all clear after 4 years but this is still an area that is close to my heart.

If there is anything I can do to spread the word, please just let me know.

Regards

Michelle Skinner

 

 

 

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Early changes in cervical cells rarely cause symptoms. If early cell changes develop into cervical disease, the most common signs include:

  • vaginal bleeding between periods
  • menstrual bleeding that is longer or heavier than usual
  • bleeding after intercourse
  • pain during intercourse
  • unusual vaginal discharge
  • vaginal bleeding after menopause
  • excessive tiredness
  • leg pain or swelling
  • low back pain.

The usual tests to diagnose cervical disease are:

  • colposcopy
  • biopsy, cone biopsy or large loop excision of the transformation zone.

Source: Cervical Disease

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The cause of cervical disease is unknown. Factors that put some women at a higher risk of cervical disease include:

  • infection with the human papilloma virus (HPV)
  • being the daughter of a woman who used the drug diethylstilboestrol (DES) during pregnancy to prevent a miscarriage
  • smoking, which increases the risk of cervical disease fourfold.

Around eight out of 10 women will become infected with genital HPV at some time in their lives. It causes no symptoms. Most women who have the HPV infection never get cervical disease; only a few types of the HPV result in cervical disease.

Source: Cervical Disease

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The most common cervical disease is squamous cell carcinoma, accounting for 80% of cases. Adenocarcinoma is less common and more difficult to diagnose because it starts higher in the cervix.

Incidence and mortality

There were 771 new cases of cervical disease diagnosed in Australia in 2009. The risk of a woman being diagnosed by age 85 is 1 in 162.

In 2007, there were 208 deaths caused by cervical disease in Australia. Cervical disease death rates in Australia have halved since the National Cervical Screening Program began in 1991.

Source: Cervical Disease

 

Turns out the pap smear - a routine test women undergo each year or two to screen for cervical disease - could help screen for other types of disease as well, a new study said. A new test takes the same fluid swab from the cervix and tests it for the presence of certain disease-specific mutations. The scientists were hoping to catch cases of ovarian and endometrial disease - two common and deadly diseases which, until now, were not able to be screened for routinely. In the pilot study, the test was able to accurately detect each of 24 endometrial diseases, a 100 per cent success rate, according to results published on Wednesday in the US journal Science Translational Medicine. And in no cases were healthy women in the control group mis-identified as having disease during the study. The scientists cautioned that the process must be tested on a much larger scale before being made available to the public. But if their findings hold up, the test could be a powerful tool in fighting these two diseases of the ovaries and the uterus lining. Source: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=10858536

 

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The National Cervical Screening Program recommends Pap tests for all women 18-70 years of age who have ever had sex and have not had a hysterectomy. Women should start having Pap tests every two years from 18-20 years of age, or one to two years after sexual activity commences, whichever is earlier.

 Source: Cervical Disease

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The survey by Black Book Rankings finds that eight percent of office-based physicians use a mobile device for practices like electronic prescribing, viewing patient records and ordering tests. Most of them (83%) are also found willing to use mobile EHR functions like checking lab reports, updating patient charts and ordering medications. In a separate Black Book poll of hospital CIOs with network physician practices conducted last month, “mobile applications ranked above cloud computing and clinical analytics as well as business intelligence in upcoming technology urgencies.”

Source: http://orratech.com/blog/?p=355

Medical device market is one of the fast developing sectors in the U.S. healthcare industry and mobile health solutions have been a subject of serious discussions among technology experts for quite some time. The fact that mobile devices have great potential to improve care quality is now accepted worldwide.

While several complex mobile app continue to enter the healthcare market, more and more mobile platforms are developed and used to deliver a wide range of useful health-related apps. According to Ed Lowell, Director of Technology Infrastructure at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University, mobility is going to be the key for the future. He holds the view that hospitals will be able to explore new care models clinically and securely under a guaranteed wireless coverage. Experts like Martin Peuker, CIO at Charite Berlin, one of the largest hospitals in Europe think that the future of healthcare IT lies with mobile apps. “With the support of the “meaningful use” incentive program, mobile application market is likely to grow 500 percent by the end of 2014,” says a recent survey report by Black Book Rankings, a Washington, D.C. based research firm.

Source: http://orratech.com/blog/?p=355

Solopap is approved for over the counter sales in Australia. We are currently waiting on FDA approval in the US. I recently received an email from a Nurse Practitioner in the US looking at purchasing Solopap for one of her patients. She is a certified family nurse practitioner in Flagstaff, AZ. In her response she stated she was disappointed she could not currently order the kit in the US as she had additional patients wanting to use Solopap as well. Solopap will play a crucial role in the early detection of cervical disease by filling the gap of women who are not screened due to personal reasons for not visiting her Medical Practitioner for a traditional pap smear, thus saving lives. According to the World Health Organization, 275,000 women a year die needlessly from cervical disease.

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ProCare is New Zealand's largest network of qualified GPs and general practice teams, representing 200 general practices across the greater Auckland region, with over 800,000 enrolled patients.  Rae Ellis from Procare stated that she absolutely loved the product and think it’s going to be a life-saver. The staff at ProCare thought SoloPap was fantastic and would like to see it free in the community (Maori and Pacific Islander peoples).