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Pradaxa’s continued use in AF patients undergoing catheter ablation

Boehringer Ingelheim says a change to the prescribing information for Pradaxa (dabigatran) makes it the only novel oral anticoagulant (NOAC) that can be continued...

Incentives to quit smoking community trial in Tasmania

The power of incentives in the fight against smoking is being tested in the Tasmanian community through a new trial officially launched on the...

New osteoarthritis guidelines

New guidelines released this week by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) advise that surgery should be considered as the last resort...

Be Medicinewise reminder

A new survey into the medicine-taking habits of Australians estimates that more than nine million people take a prescribed medicine every day, with eight...

Deaths from pharmaceutical opioids

A total of 1,045 Australians aged 15-64 died of an opioid overdose in 2016, according to a report released this week by the National...

New drug to avoid risk of DVT

Thrombosis causes one in four deaths worldwide, but scientists at Melbourne’s Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute have developed a new drug to potentially help...

Get a check up for BPH!

Doctors are encouraging middle-aged Australian men to have their prostate checked. Their call coincides with an article published in MJA Insight this week, citing...

Call for hepatitis B national screening

Thousands of Australians developing serious liver complications from untreated hepatitis B could have their lives transformed if robust screening and follow-up – which is...

Dysphagia makes it hard to swallow costs

Dysphagia, or swallowing impairment, is a little-recognised medical problem inflicting a significant cost on health systems, according to researchers from Flinders University, Adelaide, who...

Legalise e-cigarettes: ARA

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) says a CSIRO report released this week indicates that the time has come to legalise nicotine e-cigarettes in Australia. The...

Lifetime Achievement Award

The work of Professor Jeffrey Cummings, a member of Sydney-based biotechnology company Actinogen Medical’s clinical advisory board, was recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award...

TGA on ED and sunscreens

The TGA is asking consumers to consult their doctor ahead of buying medicines for erectile dysfunction (ED) from overseas websites. The organisation says there...
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