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Flexible plan to help more quit smoking

Greater flexibility should be allowed in prescribing for smoking cessation pharmacotherapy, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) recommends. Pharmacotherapy options available in Australia include nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), varenicline and bupropion hydrochloride. Australia has made progress in terms of tobacco control and smoking rates, with daily smoking nearly …

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Some cancers better left untreated: study

Research shows that Australians increasingly are being diagnosed with cancers that will do them no harm if left undetected or untreated. Professor Paul Glasziou, Director of the Institute of Evidence-Based Healthcare at Bond University, drew on data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare to look at how  the …

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RACGP welcomes move to distribute 1m masks

Media release January 29, 2020 The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has welcomed the federal government’s announcement that one million face masks will be distributed to GPs in areas where stocks have been depleted by the bushfire response. The N95 face masks, which are designed to prevent 95 per …

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Post-stroke depression needs further research

New evidence shows that more caution needs to be taken in regard to post-stroke depression treatments. The George Institute of Global Health in Sydney analysed 49 trials involving 3,000 people with depression following a stroke. It found that while psychological therapy or medication could be useful, the latter may come …

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Pfizer Aus/NZ chief to depart for Europe role

Pfizer Australia and New Zealand Managing Director Melissa McGregor will depart from her role in March. After spending four years in this position, she will take up a new opportunity with Pfizer as Vice President, European Cluster 1 for the company’s hospital business unit. “I’m very humbled to be joining …

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DDS tops its target in ‘wellness revolution’

Discount Drug Stores (DDS) says it has surpassed its goal of performing 100,000 health checks and interventions in 2019. The goal was part of DDS’ ‘wellness revolution’ campaign, a new movement developed to improve the landscape of customer health and wellbeing across its pharmacies and health clinics, nationwide. The campaign …

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New strategy to stop spread of melanoma

Media release January 29, 2020  Scientists from the Centenary Institute have developed a new therapeutic strategy that could potentially help the fight against advanced-stage melanoma. In a study just released, the scientists were able to show that they could effectively reduce the migration and invasive properties of melanoma cells. This …

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CP2025 project findings for pharmacy’s future

Community pharmacies of all types are meeting the expectations of patients, attracting  high levels of satisfaction and trust, according to initial findings of the Pharmacy Guild’s Community Pharmacy 2025 (CP2025) project. The Guild says CP2025 is an all-encompassing, no holds-barred initiative looking at the future of community pharmacy with a …

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Sweet drinks key driver in childhood obesity gap

A Deakin University study of more than 3,000 children shows children in Australia’s lowest socioeconomic group are far more likely to consume sugary drinks and savoury junk food than their wealthier peers, leading to much higher rates of obesity. The research, published this week in the <itals>International Journal of Epidemiology<itals>, …

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