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Marina Kamenev

Journalist and Content Writer

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Journalist with over 14 years experience in the ever-changing media industry. Written for a wide range of publications including Time, The Atlantic, Marie Claire, Sunday Life and The Monthly. Practiced content writer for Antelope Media, a Sydney-based copy writing agency. Highly skilled investigative researcher and interviewer. Passionate about topics related to parenting in the age of social media, as well as health, lifestyle and science.



The Sydney Morning Herald
Why these women decided to 'divorce' their mothers

Years later, aged 33, Annabelle made a decision which is unthinkable to many: she cut her mother out of her life. While she receives a raised eyebrow when she mentions it to acquaintances for the first time, her predicament is not entirely unusual.

The Sydney Morning Herald
Why three women made the tough decision to leave their children

She believes mothers who leave their children should be supported by their community. "The decision is often reflective of an extreme form of maternal instinct - an altruistic desire to ensure their children's best interests are considered first." MELISSA COLLINS 50, four children "When I separated from my husband, we were living in Warwick, in southeast Queensland.

Daily Life
Married women and mums also have the right to choose

Women over 30, married and established mothers account for a significant number of those who seek abortions, but stigma means we rarely hear from them. Photo: Stocksy Lisa was two months away from going back to work after the birth of her second child when she realised that her period was late.

The Sydney Morning Herald
Should we celebrate the sadder parts of life to cope with them better?

Normal text size Larger text size Very large text size In July 2016, Betsy Davis invited friends and family to participate in a celebration with a difference. At 4pm there were tamales, followed by cocktails. Guests then rifled through Davis's possessions, selecting keepsakes to take home.


The Monthly
The sperm drought

In 2010, Alice and her partner, Natalie, found themselves at a Sydney fertility clinic ready to start their family. Alice had recently completed her master's degree and was in her early thirties, approaching an age where women are encouraged to panic about their fertility.

The Monthly
Australia's first body farm | Marina Kamenev

The landscape surrounding Australia's first body farm looks like a slice of Australiana from a Tom Roberts canvas. Wiry eucalyptus trees reach through the canopy for broad, open skies. The soft, mustard-coloured earth is carpeted with twigs and beige leaves, soggy from the recent rain.

The Monthly
Ticked off

In July 2015, in Pymble, on Sydney's upper North Shore, Nicole Lenoir-Jourdan was bitten by a tick. Her head "swelled up like the Elephant Man", she tells me. Her naturopath, a "miracle worker" she had been seeing for 20 years, was unavailable so Lenoir-Jourdan, a writer and journalist who runs a PR company, went to a variety of GPs to get a diagnosis.

The Monthly
Screen addiction

The courtyard outside The Cabin, Australia's self-proclaimed "leading outpatient addiction treatment centre", is a mixture of pale brick and concrete. Beige bleeds into grey and then into cream. There's a smattering of meticulously sculpted plants and well-groomed senior citizens in the vicinity - unremarkable given the Edgecliff location, in the marrow of Sydney's eastern suburbs.


Slate Magazine
Drugs Should Be Tested on Pregnant Women. It's Unethical Not To.

When we were planning our honeymoon this year (which at that stage was already a babymoon), we had our eye on Burma. A friend lived in Yangon, and the country looked interesting. But parts of Burma have malaria that is resistant to chloroquine, the preferred drug for treating and preventing the disease.

Slate Magazine
Prolonged Fasting Before Surgery Is an Outdated Recommendation. Why Do We Still Do It?

In 1946, obstetrician and cardiologist Curtis Lester Mendelson discovered a disturbing phenomenon: He found that some women who had anesthesia in labor were vomiting and aspirating on their stomach contents during delivery. As reported in his landmark study on surgical aspiration, Mendelson discovered 66 such cases in more than 44,000 pregnancies.



The Atlantic
Sterilizing a Child, for a Better Life

However, the Carters decided not to go ahead with the procedure as it would have to be repeated. Instead they applied for Sophie to have a hysterectomy. The Guardianship Tribunal approved it and when Sophie was 21 she had the operation. Her limited independence is no longer compromised by menstruation, Merren said.

The Atlantic
Sex After Dementia

According to the World Health Organization, 35.6 million people have dementia worldwide and that number is projected to double every twenty years. A large proportion of those people with dementia will die in a residential aged care facility. While the elderly are free to do what they like in their own homes, once in facilities, their sex life is regulated by staff.

The Atlantic
Outback Steakhouse

Dann thinks this is a waste of potentially valuable meat. He concedes that camel is still a novelty in Australia, but he sees a lucrative market in the Middle East, where it's widely accepted. If he wins government approval to export, he aims to up the number of animals he slaughters each week from 20 to 300.

The Atlantic
Australian Doctors, Scientists Wage War on Alternative Medicine

The questionable courses include homeopathy, iridology, reflexology, Chinese herbal medicine, chiropractic, naturopathy, and aromatherapy, some of which are taught at 18 of 39 Australian universities. "A university is supposed to be a bastion of good science, but their reputation is let down by teaching something like homeopathy," said John Dwyer, a founding member of FSM and emeritus professor of medicine at the University of New South Wales.

The Atlantic
The Problem With DIY Penis Implants

Yap's study concluded that the prevalence of penile implants in prison was a cause for concern. "As most of these penile implants are inserted in prison, these men are at risk of blood borne viruses and wound infection. Harm reduction and infection control strategies need to be developed to address this potential risk."

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In February 2009, Australia's Environment Minister Peter Garrett made a depressing announcement. The Christmas Island pipistrelle bat - an inch-long winged creature no heavier than five grams - was about to go extinct. Articles about its imminent demise were accompanied by photos of the bat's minuscule body, barely big enough to embrace the full diameter of a human finger.
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The concept of government-backed web censorship is usually associated with nations where human rights and freedom of speech are routinely curtailed. But if Canberra's plans for a mandatory Internet filter go ahead, Australia may soon become the first Western democracy to join the ranks of Iran, China and a handful of other nations where access to the Internet is restricted by the state.
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Like many residents in the cluster of towns northeast of Melbourne, Michael Minten and his partner Sharon Collins were caught completely off-guard when last year's 'Black Saturday' infernos swallowed their property in Flowerdale, Victoria. Minten went ahead to work in the morning, leaving Collins at home with their toddler.


Public Radio International
Australian victims of nuclear testing sue U.K.

SYDNEY, Australia - As a 21-year-old, Ric Johnstone drove 150 miles daily across the scorching vastness of the Australian outback to work. A motor mechanic in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), he spent 1956 servicing military vehicles in the Great Victorian Desert.

Public Radio International
How much space is enough? Aussies ask.

SYDNEY, Australia - Australians, let it be said, like their space. Which is just as well, as they have more than most. But recent angst over projected dramatic population increases have many wondering how much space is enough for the average Aussie?


Australian Geographic
Aboriginal burn-off theory hosed down - Australian Geographic

TRADITIONAL THEORY SUGGESTS THAT Australian Aborigines have regularly burned-off the bush as a method to manage the landscape over the last 50,000 years. But an analysis of fossilised charcoal now contests that idea. The new research suggests that Australia's bushfire history can be explained by climate change and natural fire patterns, and that fires didn't increase when Aboriginal people first arrived about 50,000 years ago.

Australian Geographic
Value of national parks confirmed - Australian Geographic

NATIONAL PARKS ARE ONE of Australia's biggest tourism draws, bringing in $19 billion annually. Recent studies have questioned the role they play in saving endangered species, but a new report says that evidence is stacking up for the conservation benefits.

Australian Geographic
Sea lion pups remember mum's voice - Australian Geographic

MOST CHILDREN RECOGNISE THE voice of their mother calling out their name, whether they are in the middle of a play ground or ten aisles away in a supermarket. But this kind of maternal sensitivity is not unique to humans.

Australian Geographic
Australia's worst cyclones: timeline - Australian Geographic

By Marina Kamenev with AAP | An updated version of this article was published in February 2016. Click here to read the updated version. EVERY NOVEMBER TO April, northern Australia endures its annual cyclone season. In February 2011, Category 5 Cyclone Yasi smashed the Far North Queensland coast, devastating the region around Cardwell and Tully.

Australian Geographic
Bizarre animals on the EDGE of extinction - Australian Geographic

LAUNCH THE GALLERY CUTE AND CUDDLY ANIMALS have an easy time when it comes to conservation, while the world's odder-looking mammals don't usually get a look in. According to the top 100 Evolutionary Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE) species list, released in November, these strange mammals are dwindling most rapidly, yet they have the hardest time attracting conservation funding.

Australian Geographic
Top 10 Aboriginal bush medicines - Australian Geographic

THE CHINESE DRANK tea from sweet wormwood leaves to cure chills and fevers, Egyptians used a herb from a plant called khella to help pass kidney stones, and all around the world, leeches were placed on sores to stop blood from clotting.

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