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Coles looking out for 21m customers in heart project

Coles is partnering with the Heart Foundation to encourage its 21 million weekly customers to look after their hearts. The partnership comes as Coles deploys automated external defibrillators (AEDs) during June to all the retailer’s 820 supermarkets, to provide rapid aid to customers or team members having a sudden cardiac …

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Swamped hospitals’ A&E under pressure

Record numbers of patients are swamping emergency departments across NSW, with critically ill patients needing treatment within 10 minutes waiting for more than an hour at a major Sydney hospital. The rising numbers, well above population growth levels, show no sign of slowing as the state enters the winter flu …

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Surge in support for chronic disease action

Research released this week shows a significant increase in public support for government action on chronic disease. The 2018 Australian Perceptions of Prevention Survey (AUSPOPS) found more than 60 per cent of respondents supported a large role for government in maintaining people’s health, up from 46 per cent in 2016. …

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Seven pharmacists recognised in 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Seven pharmacists have been recognised in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours with the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) adding its congratulations. The awards honour Emeritus Professor Maree Therese Smith and Ms Catherine Reid, both from Queensland and Mr Warwick Plunkett, Mrs Carlene Smith, Ms Juliet Seifert, Mr David North and …

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Mundipharma in deal to distribute Penthrox

Mundipharma has entered an exclusive Australian distribution agreement with Medical Developments International (MVP) for the non-opioid pain medication Penthrox (methoxyflurane). Penthrox is self-administered through a custom-built inhaler under the supervision of a treating healthcare practitioner and should bring pain relief in six to 10 breaths. It is indicated for short-term …

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Sleep apnoea led to snooze on wheelchair drive

More than 80 per cent of people with quadriplegic spinal injuries have sleep apnoea, but despite its significant effect on their lives, many don’t know they have it, Melbourne researchers have found. The researchers from The Institute for Breathing and Sleep (IBAS) at Austin Health and The University of Melbourne …

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Study of cannabis for PTSD gets approval

Ethics approval to undertake a study of medicinal cannabis in sufferers of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been received by Australian company, Applied Cannabis Research. PTSD is a particular set of reactions that can develop in people who have experienced a traumatic event that threatened their life or safety. As …

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Guild supports Bowen as Shadow Health Minister

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia has congratulated opposition MP Chris Bowen on his appointment as Shadow Health Minister. Guild Acting National President Trent Twomey says Mr Bowen’s extensive political experience will be invaluable in the health portfolio. “The Pharmacy Guild has long had a strong working relationship with Mr Bowen …

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It’s black news for charcoal toothpaste

A new report in the British Dental Journal (BDJ) has concluded that a range of harmful attributes surround charcoal toothpaste use. Manufacturers of toothpaste containing charcoal typically claim it whitens teeth and removes stains, but the BDJ report found some products were harmful to teeth. With the Australian Dental Association’s (ADA) …

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