Health

Food additive’s damaging effect

University of Sydney research shows that nanoparticles, present in many food items, may have a substantial and harmful influence on human health. With research revealing titanium dioxide nanoparticles (E171) can impact the gut microbiota, potentially leading to inflammatory bowel diseases or colorectal cancer, experts are calling for better regulation of …

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PSA’s principled plea

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) has released clinical governance principles that champion the design and implementation of safe and high quality pharmacy services. ‘Clinical Governance Principles for Pharmacy Services 2018’ give pharmacists and organisations involved in the provision of pharmacy services guidance to improve safety, quality and consistency of …

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Play to talk about the taboo of suicide

A new production that combines a play about suicide with a panel of mental health experts is hoping to connect and bring people together in local communities throughout Victoria. The project’s fundraisers  (not-for profit Parenting Guides Ltd + HealthPlay) argue that suicide has been taboo for too long and families …

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A healthy plug for rural connectivity

The National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) has welcomed the major parties’ focus on rural, regional and remote connectivity for health’s sake, ahead of the federal election. The Coalition provided $220 million in the 2019-2020 budget including $160 million to fix mobile black spots, and $60 million for a new regional …

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Poor sense of smell linked with higher risk for death

Poor sense of smell may be an early warning for poor health in older age that goes beyond neurodegenerative diseases, according to findings from a prospective cohort study1 published in Annals of Internal Medicine. While dementia or Parkinson’s disease explained only 22 per cent of the higher death risk, and …

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Healthcare professionals unaware of weight-loss efforts

An international study reveals a disconnect between the perceptions of healthcare providers and people with obesity. The disconnect is revealed in a new international study (the Action IO study) presented at this year’s European Congress on Obesity in Glasgow, UK, and published in the journal Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism. Among …

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Peak body calls for dementia vision

Dementia Australia is calling on all political parties and candidates to make dementia a priority in their vision for Australia ahead of the upcoming federal election on May 18. Dementia Australia Chair Professor Graeme Samuel AC says the royal commission into aged care quality and safety is underway and presents …

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Primary care key to indigenous kidney health

Systems-based approaches to identifying and managing patients with acute kidney injury (AKI), and preventing infections could improve health outcomes for indigenous Australians, say the authors of research published this week by The Medical Journal of Australia. AKI is linked with short and long term morbidity and mortality, including progression to …

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