Health

Fish oil supplements to reduce risk of heart attacks

A combination of fish oil supplements with statin therapy could reduce patients risk of heart attack and strokes. European Journal of Preventive Cardiology published a study explored by Monash University researchers on the potential costs, risks and benefits of adding the purified fish oil (icosapent ethyl) on top of statins …

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Sleep on it

A recent study published in the European Heart Journal has found that good sleep patterns offset the risk of heart disease and stroke, even in those who have a genetic predisposition to heart problems. Led by Professor Lu Qi, Director of Tulane University Obesity Research Centre at Tulane University, New …

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Don’t forget your teeth this festive season

While the frantic end-of-holiday rush is upon us, the Australian Dental Association (ADA) is reminding everyone to remember about your teeth this festive season. The holidays are often a time when the good habits formed throughout the year are left by the wayside. While balance is key, it’s important to …

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Meds safety unites healthcare sector

Better use of funding, leveraging digital health and empowering consumers and the workforce were among strategies discussed at the first Medicine Safety Forum this week. More than 100 experts representing the breadth of healthcare, including government and consumers, were challenged to “think differently” on the safe use of medicines as …

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After the foam let the funding begin

With bush fires contaminating our air this week, it’s ironic an unrelated by-product of fire has been awarded $1.39m in government research funding. The toxic contaminants from firefighting foams, known as PFAS (per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances) resist heat, oil, stains and water and are currently the subject of the largest …

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Antibiotics as placebo bad practice, says PSA

Using a placebo to treat patients is common practice among Australian GPs, according to a survey published in the Australian Journal of General Practice this week. The survey by Associate Professor Ben Colagiuri of the School of Psychology at the University of Sydney, and Dr Kate Faasse of UNSW Sydney, …

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Cannabis cultivator’s Major Project Status

Canadian owned cannabis cultivator Spectrum Therapeutics was this week granted Major Project Status (MPS) by the Australian federal government. The Department of Industry, Science and Technology approved the MPS application from the cultivator’s parent company, Canopy Growth Corporation, meaning the company’s licence applications will now be prioritised through the Office …

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Dementia: government response ‘not enough’

While welcoming the federal government’s “first steps” to address dementia needs, peak body Dementia Australia has urgently called for more. Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said the government’s response to priorities identified in the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s interim report will go some way towards meeting …

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QCPP set for transition to ‘Quality Care 2020’

The Quality Care Pharmacy Program (QCPP) is expected to transition to the Quality Care 2020 framework from July 1, 2020. Quality Care 2020 has made significant changes to the QCPP, which gives a framework for community pharmacies to provide quality, safe and consistent professional services and consumer care. It’s expected …

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