Health

Depressing problem of sleep apnoea

Latest research from Monash University shows one in five people with sleep apnoea suffer from clinical depression and almost a quarter use antidepressants. The study explored the prevalence of depression and antidepressant use in 109 patients with untreated obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) and found 22.7 per cent had clinical depression. …

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Planning to take care

Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) has welcomed National Volunteer Week’s 2019 theme, ‘Making a world of difference’, taking the opportunity to acknowledge the nationwide impact of its “small but mighty” volunteer team of 12. As the national authority on advance care planning, ACPA has empowered thousands of Australians to plan …

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Learn to trust your gut

To reduce health taboos, Metamucil is using humour and cultural milestones (the recent federal election) to drive consumer awareness of their brand and spark conversations about gut health. The new Poolitical Party called on all Australians to trust their gut. The Gut & Nugget Alliance had hit the campaign trail …

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Flu vaccinations from age of 10 plus in Tasmania

Pharmacists across Tasmania will soon be able to administer flu vaccinations to children from the age of 10-years-old. The Tasmanian Health Minister the Hon Michael Ferguson announced that as part of Tasmanian Department of Health Winter Demand Management Plan 2019 that pharmacists will be able to administer flu vaccinations to …

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Food additive’s damaging effect

University of Sydney research shows that nanoparticles, present in many food items, may have a substantial and harmful influence on human health. With research revealing titanium dioxide nanoparticles (E171) can impact the gut microbiota, potentially leading to inflammatory bowel diseases or colorectal cancer, experts are calling for better regulation of …

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PSA’s principled plea

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) has released clinical governance principles that champion the design and implementation of safe and high quality pharmacy services. ‘Clinical Governance Principles for Pharmacy Services 2018’ give pharmacists and organisations involved in the provision of pharmacy services guidance to improve safety, quality and consistency of …

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Play to talk about the taboo of suicide

A new production that combines a play about suicide with a panel of mental health experts is hoping to connect and bring people together in local communities throughout Victoria. The project’s fundraisers  (not-for profit Parenting Guides Ltd + HealthPlay) argue that suicide has been taboo for too long and families …

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