Health

IVF: test breakthrough boosts success rates

A new, non-invasive embryo screening test will reduce miscarriages and the time it takes to achieve a healthy live birth for the one-in-six Australian couples affected by infertility. In a world first scientific breakthrough, Australia’s leading fertility scientists have developed an embryo DNA screening test that is non-invasive and will …

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Obligations threaten young carers’ futures

Young Australians providing care for family members with mental illnesses, alcohol and drug addictions are struggling to keep up with their studies, according to new research. The Flinders University and UNSW study found the problem will remain without an adjustment to flexibility in schools and personalised intervention programs. The results …

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First ever Aussie Vape Day launched

Just days after a study of more than 18,000 smokers1 showed that vaping increased chances of successfully quitting by 95 per cent, adult Australian smokers who can’t or won’t quit nicotine are being encouraged to consider vaping as a less harmful alternative to conventional cigarettes as part of the first …

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Push for Australians to make informed healthcare decisions

A push to encourage Australians to be more proactive in the management of their own healthcare is underway by NPS MedicineWise Choosing Wisely Australia initiative and the Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF). The Conversation Starter Kit, launched today, 30 may at the  2019 Choosing Wisely Australia National Meeting in …

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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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