Health

Australians urged to #OwnYourTone

The 2019 National Skin Cancer Action Week kicks off on Sunday, November 17 and runs through to Saturday, November 23. It’s an important reminder for all Australians to use sun protection and highlights the significance of early skin cancer detection. According to the Cancer Council Australia more than 2,000 Australians …

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E-cigarette impacts lead cardiologists to seek ban

New research showing damage to the brain, heart, blood vessels and lungs through e-cigarettes has led cardiologists to call for their ban. The study, published in the European Heart Journal this week, also identifies some of the mechanisms involved, an aspect for which there has been limited information until now. Study …

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Muscle mass linked to healthy hearts in men

Researchers have found that lean muscle mass plays more of a crucial role throughout someone’s middle-age than initially suspected. The amount of lean muscle mass a person has, more specifically men, is linked to their future risk of heart disease. The Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health explains that muscular tissue …

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The over-60s should do more exercise, not less

To prevent heart disease and stroke, people aged over 60 should do more exercise, not less, according to findings from a study published in the European Heart Journal. Researchers in South Korea studied more than 1.1 million people aged 60 and above and found those who reduced levels of moderate …

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Climate change threat to future health is growing

The mounting risks to human health in Australia due to climate change require urgent government action, say the authors of the 2019 MJA-Lancet Countdown report. The report, published in the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA), found that although some progress has been achieved in renewable energy generation – including substantial employment …

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Cannabis drug of choice for endometriosis relief

One in eight Australian women with endometriosis use cannabis to alleviate pain and other symptoms, ranking it as the most effective treatment, according to a new study published this week. Researchers from NICM Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University and UNSW Sydney surveyed 484 Australian women with endometriosis between the …

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Nutraceuticals in management of diabetes

One of the fastest growing chronic diseases and said to be the biggest challenge confronting Australia’s health system, type 2 diabetes is said to be preventable in up to almost 60 per cent of cases by maintaining a healthy lifestyle. A healthy diet is paramount in diabetes management and now …

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Two beauty trends set to impact the market

Mintel has announced the two beauty trends set to impact the global beauty and personal care market over the next decade: the panorama of humanity and identity traders. These trends are expected to have implications for manufacturers, companies, brands and consumers. The Panorama of Humanity As consumers explore the line …

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Bushfire air and why you should care

The air quality during fire season is extremely polluted and hazardous. Smoke from bushfires are made up of small particles, gases and water vapour. The gases in bushfire smoke include carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds (NSW Government, 2013). Due to the size of the particles …

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Patch with the power to prevent pregnancy

A contraceptive patch with fizzing backing that dissolves to reveal an array of dissolving microneedles has effectively administered long acting contraception, according to researchers in the US. In initial tests conducted in rats, the microneedles, which biodegrade over the course of a month, effectively delivered the necessary birth control dose …

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