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May, 2019

Unlocking drugs to ease impact of breast cancer

KEY STEP: Making drugs like CDK inhibitors available to all Australians could significantly improve the quality of life for thousands of people living with metastatic breast cancer. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and you might have noticed your world looking a little pinker than usual as individuals, businesses and community groups gather together to raise awareness and funds to support people with breast cancer and find a cure.
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Much of the focus will be around the statistics of people diagnosed with breast cancer and the encouraging survival rates we have here in Australia.

However, where do the stories of people living with an incurable form of the disease fit in among the stories of pink and survival?

Metastatic breast cancer – also known as Stage 4 breast cancer, terminal breast cancer or secondary breast cancer – occurs when the cancer spreads beyond the breast to other parts of the body such as the bones, lungs, liver and less commonly the brain.

Today isMetastatic Breast Cancer Awareness day.

Metastatic breast cancer cannot be cured but it can be treated. As a result, people diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer will receive some form of treatment for the rest of their lives.

We know that around 3000 Australians will die from breast cancer in 2017 but we do not know how many Australians are currently living with metastatic disease.

So what does a life with metastatic cancer look like?

It looks like endless questions and uncertainty. It looks like periods of wellness punctuated by bouts of illness and treatment.

Many people with metastatic cancer will live for many years with the disease – and some will live well.

A new class of drug called CDK inhibitors are helping people with metastatic breast cancer around the world to live well.

In clinical trials these drugs have been found to substantially improve progression-free survival and delay women having chemotherapy.

What this means is more ‘well’ time away from hospital. It means women are not dealing with the toxins of chemotherapy and the challenging side effects like hair loss, nausea and nerve pain.

These drugs can allow them to spend more time with their family and friends, doing the things they love.

Despite being available in other countries the first round of CDK inhibitors were only approved in Australia in May this year.

The government has not approved these drugs for inclusion on the PBS, which means people wanting to access them will have to pay $5000 a month to have them.

We know this cost is simply out of reach for many Australians. Breast Cancer Network Australia has been working hard to change this and get these important new drugs into the hands of Australian women.

While October is a time to pay tribute to those who have died from breast cancer and support those going through breast cancer, it is also a time to highlight the enormous impact breast cancer has on the lives of women and men – and consider what can be done to reduce this impact.

Making drugs such as CDK inhibitors available to Australians living with metastatic breast cancer is an important step in the right direction, and one that could significantly improve the quality of life for thousands of people living with this disease.

Danielle Spence isthe Director of Policy and Advocacy at Breast Cancer Network Australia.For more information and support tailored to people with metastatic breast cancer,visit the network’s websitebcna.org419论坛

Greater Bank calls for Aussie dollar emojiPOLL, PHOTOS

Greater Bank calls for Aussie dollar emoji | POLL, PHOTOS Aussie Aussie Aussie: Emojis are increasing in use. As such, Greater Bank believes it’s time for an Aussie dollar emoji.
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TweetFacebookNow it has turned its attention to emojis.

In a worldwide study of emoji use, money was the 32nd most popular out of 60 categories.

The emoji-world hasAmerican bills, euros, yen and pounds, but apparently no Aussie currency.

Greater Bank is leading a movement to rectify this oversight.

It has created a petition at change.org, titled Where is our $AUD Emoji?

The driver of the Greater’s #AussieDollarEmoji campaign, Matthew Hingston, said language was evolving.

“As the pace of the world in which we live increases, so too has the way we communicate,” said Matthew, who is the Greater’s head of marketing and customer experience.

“SMS was a game changer, but now there are many other instant messaging platforms that dominate this landscape.”

Matthew said hashtags “convey a lot of information in a quick little bundle of letters”.

But he said emojis were “arguably the most satisfying and succinct form of communication”.

“Not only can they depict our emotions, but they also take on their own cultural meanings,” he said.

Emojis are popular, but also powerful.

In the past few years, they’ve become more multicultural and racially diverse.

Greater Bank believes that it’s time Australians were better represented, with an Australian dollar emoji.

“We want this emoji not just for the local Australian population, but so the rest of the world can see our unique Australian dollars on their mobile devices,” Matthew said.

The bank urged people torally for the #AussieDollarEmoji, show someAussie spirit and sign thepetition.

Switching BanksSpeaking of banks, reader Michael told us this story about ANZ Bank.

He’d been banking with them for years andthey kept hassling himabout life insurance.

Thing is, Michael didn’t want their life insurance.

“I asked them repeatedly to take me off their list,” he said.

But they didn’t listen. Eventually, he gave them an ultimatum. If they called him one more time, he’d shut all his accounts and switch banks.

Michael nolonger banks with ANZ.

Death BenefitsSpeaking of life insurance, we were reading a product disclosure statement of a superannuation fund recently –as you do.

We noticed a table on death benefits –payouts your family would receive if you died.

If you’re aged 15 to 19, your death benefit is $47,600. This figure steadily rises until reaching a peak of $192,400 at age 35.

Then it gradually declines to $17,100 when you’re aged 59to 69.

So according to the hallowed insurance sector, we hit our peak in our mid 30s and it’s all downhill from there.

Bachie Baby: Sam and Snezana welcome baby girl

Sam Wood and Snezana Markoski have welcomed their first child together.
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Wood, who met Markoski on The Bachelor Australia in 2015, announced they are the proud parents of daughter Willow Wendy Wood in a Facebook post on Thursday.

“I have fallen in love with [the] most perfect little girl and fallen further in love the most beautiful Mum,” Wood wrote in a post in the 28 by Sam Wood Member Community group, a Facebook group for people following Wood’s fitness program.

“I also haven’t been able to stop crying.”

The announcement was accompanied by a picture of little Willow wrapped up in a giraffe-patterned baby blanket.

This is Wood’s first child. Markoski has an 11-year-old daughter, Eve, from her first marriage to Jason Rapoff. ????Me: Hun I love this pic, I’m going to post it, what should I write? Sam: Tuesday night cuddles with this dream boat ???????? Me: ???? NO! Eve: ???????? EewwwA post shared by S N E Z A N A – ?????????????? (@snezanamarkoski) on Sep 19, 2017 at 3:27am PDT????Happy Fathers Day @samjameswood These 3 girls are so lucky to have you a part of our lives. You have brought so much love, support and happiness to our world so we promise to love you, drive you crazy and turn your hair grey at lightning speed, make you wait for us for an extra 20 minutes after we’ve said we’re ready and make you laugh for many years to come! Also a big Happy Fathers Day to my Dad aka Tut who’s been the best Dad and alongside him has taught both @eve.victoria_ and me how to be handy with tools because @samjameswood Isnt ????????????????? and congratulations on your first boomerang Tut just saw it on @lidijamiles insta story ????????????????????????? #happyfathersday #beatdadever #greenpancakes #itshisfavouritecolour #dadandgranddaughterA post shared by S N E Z A N A – ?????????????? (@snezanamarkoski) on Sep 3, 2017 at 2:49am PDTThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Don’t blame government for lax security of defence contractors, says Christopher Pyne

Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne says the government can’t be blamed for the sloppy cyber security of its sub-contractor that led to hackers stealing 30 gigabytes of commercially-sensitive data.
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So lax were the security measures employed by the defence sub-contractor – a small aerospace engineering firm with about 50 employees – that it used default logins and the passwords “admin” and “guest”.

Details of the hacking were revealed at a conference on Wednesday by Australian Signals Directorate manager Mitchell Clarke, who described the data breach as “extensive and extreme”.

Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne said it was a “stretch” to blame the government for the breach. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

A “significant” amount of data was stolen over four months in 2016, including sensitive information about Australia’s $14 billion Joint Strike Fighter program, our next fleet of spy planes, and several naval warships.

Mr Pyne, who has responsibility for such projects, said while the information was not classified the situation was “not good enough”, and was a “salutary reminder to everyone in the industry and the government” of the importance of taking cyber security seriously.

But he said it was a “stretch” to blame the government for the procedures of what could have been a small sub-contractor working for one of the Defence Department’s main contractors.

“I don’t think you can try and sheet blame for a small enterprise having lax cyber security back to the federal government. That is a stretch,” Mr Pyne told ABC Radio National’s Breakfast program on Thursday.

“You don’t know that we’ve tendered a major defence contract to a small enterprise with poor cyber security protections, you don’t know that. The contractor could well have been working for a prime [contractor].”

Mr Pyne said the government had been alerted to the breach by a prime contractor, suggesting the small company was a sub-contractor working for a “prime” contractor such as Raytheon, Boeing or Lockheed Martin.

Dan Tehan, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security, had on Tuesday alluded to the hacking of a small Australian company with “contracting links to national security projects”, without providing details.

He said the Australian Cyber Security Centre had worked with the company to fix the data compromise, expel the hacker and provide advice on how to prevent such a breach from happening again.

Mr Pyne on Wednesday said he did not know who the hackers were, but also suggested the government might know and wasn’t prepared to divulge the details.

“I don’t know who did it,” he told the ABC. “It could be a state actor, a non-state actor, it could have been someone who was working for another company.”

Mr Pyne later noted the information collected by the ASD was highly-classified and “we don’t necessarily let the public know” about the identities of hackers.

These kinds of attacks were attempted “all the time” and “they are going to be successful on occasion”, he said.

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AFL trade live coverage: Lever joins Dees, what about Stringer?

AFL GF 2017 Richmond vs Adelaide.. Adelaides Jake Lever goes for the ball. 30th September 2017. Photo by Jason South 15 April 2017. AFL Round 4. Greater Western Sydney Giants v Port Adelaide Power at Manuka Oval/UNSW Canberra Oval. Giants’ Devon Smith in action against Port Adelaide on Saturday night.Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong
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Jack Watts of the Demons (left) and Jared Polec of the Power contest during the Round 18 AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the Port Adelaide Power at MCG in Melbourne, Saturday, July 22, 2017. (AAP Image/Julian Smith) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

The Age, News, 30/09/2016, photo by Justin McManus. AFL Grand Final Parade. Western Bulldogs and Sydney in the Grand Final Parade through Melbourne. Tom Campbell and Jordan Roughhead.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 14: Jake Stringer flies for a mark during round 4 AFL North Melbourne v Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium on April 14, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Pat Scala/Fairfax Media)

Chris Mayne of the Magpies (left) and Stewart Crameri of the Bulldogs contest during the Round 1 AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and Western Bulldogs at the MCG in Melbourne, Friday, March 24, 2017. (AAP Image/Julian Smith) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY SINGLE USE PRINT & ONLINE $$.

15 April 2017. AFL Round 4. Greater Western Sydney Giants v Port Adelaide Power at Manuka Oval/UNSW Canberra Oval.Giants’ Matthew Kennedy tries to catch the Power’s Jarman Impey.Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong

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