Health

Aussie flu vaccine set to begin trials across US

A more effective seasonal flu vaccine developed in South Australia is about to be tested in clinical trials across the US. Dr Nikolai Petrovsky, Flinders University Professor and Research Director of local company Vaxine, says his team has demonstrated that even though flu vaccines provide some protection, a lot more …

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Confirmed: exposure to bacteria begins in womb

Australian researchers have settled a longstanding controversy as to whether the womb is sterile. A new study based on contamination controls has confirmed that exposure to influential bacteria begins in the womb and could help to shape the developing foetal immune system, gut and brain. The study’s researchers gathered amniotic …

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Podcaster’s ‘formula’ is helping Aussies to sleep

“Boring may well be better when it comes to finding your formula for sleep,” says global ‘sleep master’ Drew Ackerman, whose podcast, ‘Sleep with Me’, is said to have three million downloads each week. Mr Ackerman’s ‘formula’, which encourages Australians to get the most out of their bedtime routine, is …

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Impact of climate change on nutrition: new report

Blackmores Institute has released the report, ‘Sustainable Nutrition’, a scientific literature review that assesses climate change and its predicted impact on human nutritional needs, including future access to medicinal herbs and natural medicine’s key ingredients.   Blackmores Institute Director Dr Lesley Braun says it’s important to understand how global warming …

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Physio helping women to laugh without leaking

World Continence Week motivated the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) to join forces with the Continence Foundation in the quest to increase awareness and support for Australians suffering from incontinence. The week (June 17-23) focuses on the one in three adult Australians (more than six million) who live with some form …

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Althea reaches cannabis script milestone early

One thousand patients have now been prescribed Althea medicinal cannabis products in Australia, which are attracting an average of 11 new patients a day. Althea Group Holdings, a licensed producer and supplier of pharmaceutical grade medicinal cannabis, says the milestone achievement represents more than a 53 per cent increase on …

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Paracetamol: rescheduling sought for modified release

The recommendation to reschedule modified release paracetamol 665mg as S3 (pharmacist only) has been welcomed by the Pharmacy Guild. Guild National President George Tambassis said rescheduling modified release paracetamol to S3 would result in patients benefiting from the required interaction with their community pharmacist. “Quite clearly, with a rescheduling consumers …

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Calls for transparency over payments from big pharma

While transparency around payments by the pharmaceutical industry to doctors is in decline in Australia, payments to other non-prescribing healthcare professionals are less well understood, says a research letter published this week. New analysis in the letter, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, reveals pharmaceutical industry payments to Australian non-prescribing healthcare …

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Coles looking out for 21m customers in heart project

Coles is partnering with the Heart Foundation to encourage its 21 million weekly customers to look after their hearts. The partnership comes as Coles deploys automated external defibrillators (AEDs) during June to all the retailer’s 820 supermarkets, to provide rapid aid to customers or team members having a sudden cardiac …

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