Health

Parents feel ignored over autistic children

Parents seeking help for children with autism feel ignored and dismissed by first-line health practitioners, say researchers from the University of South Australia. The finding came from a meta-synthesis of 22 international studies in which researchers consolidated the voices of 1,178 parents advocating for their children with autism. The parents’ …

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Pharmacist referral scheme for rollout?

Researchers say their evaluation is “proof of concept” for Australia’s community pharmacists to take on an integrated role in primary healthcare. The team from the UTS Graduate School of Health in collaboration with Western Sydney Primary Health Network says the recently evaluated consultation service for community pharmacists to triage, manage …

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Tobacco still big killer but burden is easing

Tobacco use contributed to an estimated 21,000 deaths, or more than one in eight fatalities, in Australia during 2015, according to a new report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). The report, ‘Burden of tobacco use in Australia’, used burden of disease analysis to study the impact …

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Anti-acid meds linked to future health risks

National initiatives have failed to reduce prolonged use of anti-acid medicines in Australia, according to a new UNSW study. Australians’ use of proton pump inhibitor (PPI) medicines to manage gastrointestinal acid-related disorders, such as heartburn or acid reflux, is among the highest in the world. In 2017, an estimated 15 …

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Affordability an issue in women’s healthcare

The results of the fifth annual Jean Hailes Women’s Health Survey were launched on Wednesday October 23, 2019, revealing interesting insights into women’s healthcare. Surveying almost 10,000 women from across Australia the results shine the spotlight on female health concerns, needs and behaviours, highlighting issues such as affordability and discrimination. …

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Study deflates oxygen therapy assumptions

Research shows administering of oxygen to intensive care unit (ICU) patients often makes no difference to their recovery, while, for some groups, less oxygen may improve recovery and survival rates. Lead Researcher from Monash University’s Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Research Centre, Professor Rinaldo Bellomo, says the findings are …

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Clampdown on repeat offenders

Antimicrobial stewardship took a step forward this week, with the PBAC recommending the removal of repeat options for antibiotic prescriptions. Targeting the prescribing of antibiotics at a general practitioner level is important because it’s where most antibiotics are prescribed – often with repeats not deemed therapeutically necessary. Research indicates that …

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Victoria lowers age for pharmacy flu injections

Children in Victoria aged 10 and over will be able to receive their annual influenza vaccination from a community pharmacy by a trained pharmacist immuniser. With this year’s severe flu season – more 245,000 laboratory confirmed cases of flu and more than 400 deaths recorded nationally – highlighting the need …

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Limit your salt shaker

The World Hypertension League and other international health organisations have called for tobacco-style health warnings to be placed on salt sold in supermarkets and on saltshakers in restaurants. This comes in response to a position statement published in the Journal of Clinical Hypertension, whose lead author and former President of …

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Kisqali a cancer treatment option for younger women

Aromatase inhibitor (AI), Kisqali, a CDK4/6 inhibitor has received a specific indication from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for use in pre-/peri-menopausal Australian women with advanced metastatic HR+/HER2-breast cancer. This is said to be supported by significant overall survival data from the study, MONALEESA-7. MONALEESA-7 has reportedly demonstrated Kisqali significantly …

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