Health

Link to autism: study

Exposure to toxic air pollutants is linked to an increased risk of developing autism, according to a Monash University study of Chinese children during their first three years of life. The study of children in Shanghai, from birth to three years, found that exposure to fine particles (PM2.5) from vehicle …

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Less imaging for back pain

A new educational topic on low back pain from NPS MedicineWise could reframe the role of imaging in diagnosing non-specific low back pain, providing practice tips on how to manage consumer beliefs and expectations. NPS MedicineWise medical adviser Dr Jeannie Yoo says low back pain is a common problem and …

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Rubella eliminated

In a highly significant public-health accomplishment for Australia, the World Health Organization (WHO) has verified that Australia has eliminated rubella, a contagious viral illness that can result in miscarriage or stillbirth. Rubella, also known as German measles, causes a fever, rash and swollen lymph glands. If contracted by pregnant women …

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Rylie Maedler – I can smile again

Recently, 12-year-old Rylie Maedler spoke on the stage at CannaTech Sydney, the inaugural Australian cannabis industry conference. Rylie was responsible for gaining legislative support for the law now known as Rylie’s Law, legalising the use of medicinal cannabis in children in Delaware, USA. When seven-year-old Rylie lost a tooth and …

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MedsCheck trial training

The Pharmacy Guild has online training available now to support community pharmacies participating in the national chronic-pain MedsCheck trial. The CPD-accredited training modules provide specialised training to community pharmacies conducting trial interventions with eligible chronic-pain patients. The modules will educate pharmacists on the complex condition of chronic pain, including both …

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Study raises screening call

Young children with complex congenital heart disease (CHD) and their families face reduced quality of life, according to a study1 by medical researchers from UNSW Sydney and the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network. “The findings are striking and highlight the significant challenges children with complex CHD and their families face,” study author …

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Real-time monitoring

Fred IT Group has been appointed by the Department of Health to lead the new national system for real-time prescription monitoring (RTPM). According to a report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), in 2016 there were 1,808 deaths in Australia as a result of prescription medicine …

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Mental health dual winners

Mental health consumer advocate Janne McMahon and retired clinician Emeritus Professor Gavin Andrews are the 2018 Australian Mental Health Prize winners. They received their awards from youth mental health advocate and former Australian of the Year Professor Patrick McGorry at UNSW Sydney last week in recognition of their major contributions …

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Vaccination consistency

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Health Council has decided to establish a working group to consider and recommend options for a nationally consistent approach to pharmacist administered vaccinations. Currently, in all jurisdictions across Australia, trained community pharmacists can legally administer vaccinations, but the range of vaccinations and the allowable …

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Diabetes big in the bush

The National Rural Health Alliance this week highlighted the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report showing that people in regional and remote communities have higher rates of diabetes and related complications than those living in major cities, including both hospitalisations and deaths. The ‘Diabetes Indicators for the Australian National …

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