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More comprehensive access to glucose monitoring for diabetics

The 58,000 Australians with type 1 diabetes will have access to the Freestyle Libre Flash glucose monitoring system. Health Minister Greg Hunt made this announcement recently. In addition, government also announced it will streamline eligibility for the Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) initiative, part of the National Diabetes Services Scheme, making …

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Insufficient evidence backing herbal medicines for weight loss

Media Release 18 February 2020 Researchers from the University of Sydney have conducted the first global review of herbal medicines for weight loss in 19 years, finding insufficient evidence to recommend any current treatments. Senior author Dr Nick Fuller says with overweight and obesity rates reaching epidemic proportions worldwide, many …

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Immunity key to motor neurone disease treatment

Media Release 18 February 2020 Customised immune-blocking medication may be the key to treating patients with motor neurone disease (MND), which currently has no cure and limited therapeutic options. University of Queensland researchers have tested immune cells that circulate in the blood to determine if they’re linked with specific characteristics and …

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Australia’s 2019/2020 bushfire season – a community pharmacy perspective

Media Release 17 February 2020 The bushfire season of 2019-20 was the most sustained and confronting in our history, with fires threatening communities in multiple States across unprecedented areas of land, taking lives and destroying property. This prolonged emergency put stress on every aspect of our communities, and local pharmacies …

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Second antibiotic no advantage for treating Golden Staph

Media Release 17 February 2020 A clinical trial has called into question the effectiveness of using more than one antibiotic to treat the deadly ‘super-bug’, Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Bacteremia, commonly known as Golden Staph. Researchers from The University of Queensland, in collaboration with global counterparts, have found using two …

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Immune response test improves diagnosis of ovarian cancer 

Researchers have developed a simple blood test that measures the body’s own immune response to improve diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer is one of the most common gynaecological cancers, with the highest mortality rate. About 300,000 new cases are diagnosed globally each year, with an estimated 60 per cent …

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National Student Business Plan competition

Media Release 13 February, 2020 The 14th National Student Business Plan Competition is now underway – testing the flair and entrepreneurship of students preparing for a career in community pharmacy. The Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s 2020 competition was launched during the recent NAPSA Congress in Newcastle. Team captain of the …

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Age care focus at community pharmacy conference

Media Release 11 February, 2020 The Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, Senator Richard Colbeck, will be attending the inaugural Tasmanian Pharmacy Conference, held in Hobart on the 15th and 16th of February. Senator Colbeck will attend the Guild member breakfast session on Sunday 16th with Pharmacy Guild of …

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Alcohol consumption of the middle-aged woman

New research from Edith Cowan University (ECU) say that women aged 50-70 are more likely than younger women to consume alcohol at levels that exceed low risk drinking guidelines. Many middle-aged and young-old women who consume alcohol at high risk levels tend to perceive their drinking as normal and acceptable, …

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Integria expands on Warwick facility

Media Release 12 February, 2020 In growth initiative, Integria invests in expanded Warwick production facility Natural medicines and therapies company Integria Healthcare today announced plans for an additional $7 million investment in its Warwick production site. The investment will fund the expansion of the facility and establishment of a fully …

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