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Heart disease effort a focus in appeal push

This year’s Heart Foundation Christmas Appeal highlights the value of research into fighting heart disease, including heart attack. According to National Heart Foundation Group CEO Adjunct Professor John Kelly, research is key to finding treatment. “A fine example is the work being done by Heart Foundation Vanguard grant recipient, Professor …

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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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Pharmacy Guild warns of NT workforce shortages

The decision by Charles Darwin University (CDU) to cease accepting new enrolments into the Bachelor of Pharmacy Course is problematic, according to the Pharmacy Guild of Australia. Also, the university intends to disband the pharmacy course once the existing cohort has completed its studies, which the Guild believes will result …

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Peanut allergy vaccine to rewrite immune system

Peanut allergies could become a thing of the past as breakthrough research from the University of South Australia  develops a radically novel vaccination that’s poised to cure the potentially life threatening condition. Globally, the incidence of food allergies and related life-threatening anaphylaxis is increasing, with the World Allergy Organisation reporting …

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Guild’s RAP to close gap on reconciliation

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia Queensland Branch has developed and received endorsement from Reconciliation Australia for the Guild’s first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). Branch President Professor Trent Twomey said the RAP is a commitment to support the national reconciliation movement. “Nine pharmacies in Queensland supply PBS medicines via the Remote …

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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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Private cover proposals ‘pea and thimble’ trick

Proposals from the Grattan Institute suggesting the introduction of community rating for private health insurance was this week labelled a complex ‘pea and thimble’ trick. Australian Private Hospitals Association (APHA) CEO Michael Roff says the newly released report, ‘Saving private health 2: Making private health insurance viable’, claims to offer …

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Protection kids’ risk of mental disorder higher

Early childhood placement in out-of-home care is linked to an almost five times greater frequency of childhood-onset mental disorder, researchers say. In addition, while the risk is lower, children known to child protection services during early childhood are almost three times more likely to be diagnosed with mental disorder during …

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