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VR tech role in dining project for dementia

Dementia Australia’s Centre for Dementia Learning has launched a new workshop, ‘A day in the life: Mealtime experience’, that uses virtual reality technology to educate aged care professionals on how to provide a better dining experience for people living with dementia. “The tastes, aromas, environment and social connections we get …

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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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Foetus test a predictor of future heart health

Changes in heart rate due to low oxygen conditions experienced by the foetus during pregnancy could be used to predict the future heart health of babies, says research recently published in The Journal of Physiology. Previous research has shown that sustained low levels of oxygen, known as chronic hypoxia, during pregnancy significantly impair the growth of …

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HCPs in mandatory notification change

“We need to know when patients may be at substantial risk of harm from a registered health practitioner,” the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) said this week. The AHPRA media release forms part of the preparations being made for changes to the law about mandatory notification requirements that will …

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Personality change link to chronic pain: study

In a world first, Australian researchers have found that people with chronic pain experience physical alterations in their brain that likely lead to negative personality changes. The study, led by Neuroscience Research Australia and UNSW Sydney Associate Professor Sylvia Gustin, discovered people with chronic pain have smaller amounts of the …

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Smoke season calls for review of asthma plans

As smoke from fires along the east coast of Australia continues to impact on air quality, NPS MedicineWise has issued a reminder to people with breathing conditions to follow advice from their doctor and healthcare professionals, limit time spent outdoors and avoid vigorous exercise. NPS MedicineWise medical adviser Dr Jill …

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Inclusivity of people with disability has a long way to go

A true representation of the 4.4 million Australians with disability is urgently required in the media, arts and wider community, according to new research released today by profit-for-purpose company Mable. Coinciding with International Day of People with Disability, the Mable research highlights the disparity between people with disability in Australia …

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Guidelines for Australia’s ‘national cancer’ updated

Australians with keratinocyte (non-melanoma) skin cancers will benefit from the release of new clinical guidelines launched this week, providing the latest advice on prevention, diagnosis and treatment. The long awaited new `Clinical practice guidelines for keratinocyte cancer (basal cell carcinoma and cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma)’ commissioned by the federal government’s …

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Dermatitis: adolescents OK for biologic therapy

Dermatologists and immunologists can now prescribe the first biologic therapy approved to treat not only adults, but also patients as young as 12 years old with moderate to severe atopic dermatitis. Sanofi Genzyme confirmed this week that Dupixent (dupilumab) is being made available via private prescription at a cost of …

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Travellers urged: carry medicines documents

The detention of an Australian for bringing prescription medicines into Bali without sufficient documentation has prompted a timely reminder for travellers. With the holiday season approaching, NPS MedicineWise is reminding Australians to plan ahead when they are travelling with medicines. NPS Pharmacist and Medicines Line Team Lead Nerida Packham says …

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