Today (26th March), the VIVA! team has popped on some purple to mark Purple Day 2021 and raise awareness of the 250,000 Australians living with epilepsy. Started by 9-year-old, Cassidy Megan, Purple Day is a global initiative with the goal of encouraging discussions around the disease, increasing support for those affected, and providing a platform…

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This Endometriosis Awareness Month, Endometriosis Australia is calling for everyone to ‘March into Yellow’ to raise awareness of endometriosis and encourage public discussion on the largely invisible illness. Endometriosis affects more than 830,000 women in Australia and occurs when tissue, similar to the uterus lining, forms outside of the womb, growing around the ovaries, bowel…

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Today (February 4, 2021) marks World Cancer Day (WCD), a global cancer awareness initiative led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). This year’s WCD theme of ‘I Am and I Will’ urges the global community to pledge their commitment to positive action towards creating a cancer-free future. In 2018, an estimated 18 million…

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Did you know, an estimated 19,000 Australians are living with severe chronic plaque psoriasis? Psoriasis is an inflammatory, immune-mediated skin disease, whereby the immune system reacts abnormally to certain environmental conditions. An over-active immune system causes skin cells to rapidly multiply, too quickly for the skin to shed, resulting in raised, red, scaly patches which…

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The urgency posed by the COVID-19 pandemic has seen some of the world’s leading research teams working tirelessly to find a vaccine for the virus. Impressively, while most vaccines require years of research and testing, this has facilitated the development of multiple COVID-19 vaccines in a matter of months, with many trials still in progress.…

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