Health

Post-stroke depression needs further research

New evidence shows that more caution needs to be taken in regard to post-stroke depression treatments. The George Institute of Global Health in Sydney analysed 49 trials involving 3,000 people with depression following a stroke. It found that while psychological therapy or medication could be useful, the latter may come …

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New strategy to stop spread of melanoma

Media release January 29, 2020  Scientists from the Centenary Institute have developed a new therapeutic strategy that could potentially help the fight against advanced-stage melanoma. In a study just released, the scientists were able to show that they could effectively reduce the migration and invasive properties of melanoma cells. This …

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Make medicines part of your back to school planning

Media Release January 29, 2020 With the start of a new school year, NPS MedicineWise is urging parents to make medicines part of their family’s back to school planning for 2020. You, your child and their teacher should all know what medicines your child takes, where they are kept, and …

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Novel coronavirus a wing and a prayer away

With concern over the recently discovered novel coronavirus heightened in the last three days, our Chief Medical Officer, Professor Brendon Murphy remains confident there’s no call for alarm. The virus was initially reported in humans on December 30 in the Wuhan, a city in China. Since then, in only 20 …

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Can vaccine whoop allergies?

Whooping cough vaccine could help in the fight against food allergies according to latest research by the Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases (WCVID). The research, published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, indicates a dose of the whooping cough vaccine might reduce cases of childhood food …

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Stress reducing drugs slow cancer

Anti-stress drugs slow the spread of cancer in the body say Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS) researchers. Associate Professor Erica Sloan and senior anaesthetist and PhD student Dr Jonathan Hiller, working with teams from the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (PMCC), identified that beta-blockers stop cancer cells spreading through the …

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Forged S8 scripts on East Coast

Pharmacy Defence Ltd have warned a spate of fraudulent S8 prescriptions for Durogesic patches have been presented along the east coast of Australia. There have been several confirmed reports of fraudulent handwritten and computer-generated prescriptions for the Durogesic patches, in varying strengths and quantities, and the prescriptions look legitimate and …

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Medicare data shows truth behind specialist costs

Official Medicare data released shows the truth about out-of-pocket costs to see specialists in Australia. “The data released according to electorate, show for example, that anyone in the ACT will pay an average of over $100 out of their own pocket every time they see a specialist,” said Australian Healthcare …

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Teach kids the top food safety tips

The Food Safety Information Council is encouraging parents to get their children involved in preparing their own school lunches. This will enable them to learn about food safety. Council Chair, Cathy Moir says that most parents have most likely experienced finding uneaten or dried out foods still in their kids …

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New virus now only one flight away

A confirmed case of a novel coronavirus has been detected in Japan, making it the second confirmed case outside China and only one flight away from Australia. After a case in Thailand was identified on 13th January the World Health Organization confirmed that the virus, known as 2019-nCoV, has now …

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