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Trailblazing former MJA editor dies

Professor Priscilla Kincaid-Smith, former acting editor of the Medical Journal of Australia, and a trailblazer for Australian female scientists, has died at her Melbourne home from complications following a stroke, the ABC reports. She was 88. Professor Kincaid-Smith was a world-renowned nephrologist, discovering the link between overuse of headache powders and kidney disease. She was the first female professor at the University of Melbourne in 1975, first female chair of the Royal Australian College of Physicians, first female chair of the Australian Medical Association and the first female — and first Australian — chair of the World Medical Association. She was acting editor of the MJA in 1995. A full obituary will be published in a forthcoming issue of the MJA.

Social media use linked to teens’ mental health

A new Canadian study has found that teenagers who use social media sites for two hours or more each day are significantly more likely to suffer from poor mental health, psychological distress and suicidal thoughts, the Huffington Post reports. “It could be that teens with mental health problems are seeking out interactions as they are feeling isolated and alone,” Dr Hugues Sampasa-Kanyinga, the lead author of the Ottawa Public Health study, wrote. “Or they would like to satisfy unmet needs for face-to-face mental health…