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Glaucoma Australia’s new research grant recipients

To commemorate World Sight Day today, Glaucoma Australia has announced the inaugural recipients of its new Glaucoma Research Grants Program. Research grants have been awarded to Dr George Kong from the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and Professor Jamie Craig from Flinders University. Since 2006, Glaucoma Australia has facilitated …

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Eating disorders now assigned a MBS diagnostic category

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In an Australian first, eating disorders (ED) represent the first mental health disorder to be assigned specific item numbers under the revised Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) scheme from the beginning of November. This development has sparked an urgent call by ED experts to the Australian health workforce to upskill in …

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Key reforms in TGA agenda for 2019-20

The Therapeutic Goods Administration has released its annual business plan update, revealing a focus on major regulatory reform and a continued international perspective for 2019-20. The updated plan sets out the organisation’s product regulation, regulatory reform, international engagement and regulatory compliance agenda along with an overview of key activities and …

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Exploit gains from biosimilars: Hunt

Health Minister Greg Hunt has urged health professionals to embrace more innovative ways to support the uptake of biosimilar medicine. Opening the Generic and Biosimilar Medicines Association (GBMA) event, ‘Your Patients, Your Government:Multidisciplinary Forum and Workshop, this week at NSW Parliament House, he called for healthcare providers to gain a …

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Three-in-one inhaler cuts asthma attack risk: study

Patients at risk of severe asthma attacks due to asthma that is not controlled with standard treatment could benefit from a single three-in-one inhaler, say the authors of two new studies. Two phase three randomised controlled trials with more than 2,500 patients across 17 countries, presented at the European Respiratory …

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Antidepressant use: risk of gestational diabetes?

Taking antidepressants while expecting a baby is linked to a heightened risk of developing gestational diabetes, a condition specifically related to pregnancy, say Canadian researchers. Gestational diabetes affects up to one in five pregnant women worldwide, typically leading to pregnancies prone to complications, including overweight babies and prolonged labour due …

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Online registrations to close soon for PA2019

Only a few days remain for pharmacies to register their staff for this year’s Pharmacy Assistant National Conference (PA2019) in Brisbane, with online registrations closing on Monday (October 7). After this time, registration for PA2019 will be possible only on site. Online registrations (at www.pharmacyassistants.com) will close at 11.59pm AEST …

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Deaths from dementia up nearly 70pc in a decade

Dementia remains Australia’s second leading overall cause of death for the fourth year in a row and leading cause of death for women, according to the ‘2018 Causes of Death Report’ released last month by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The number of deaths from dementia has reportedly increased by …

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Downside of codeine upscheduling hailed

The TGA’s upscheduling of codeine has produced a welcome downside, with researchers describing “a massive and abrupt reduction in codeine poisonings”, and data revealing codeine sales have halved. This week, researchers from the University of Sydney published the first peer-reviewed research to examine the short-term implications of the February 2018 …

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