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Sleep congress reveals latest snooze secrets

Kiwifruit, cannabis and smartphone apps are among the latest sleep aids in the spotlight at an international sleep conference being held in Sydney today and tomorrow. Sleep DownUnder 2019 will host more than 800 of Australasia’s sleep experts to reveal the latest research into sleep problems like insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), jet lag and snoring. Among the discoveries are a raft of …

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Run for health

“Physical activity is an important part of keeping healthy and GPs can often prescribe different levels of it to help improve the health of our patients,” said RACGP President Dr Harry Nespolon. “parkrun is a great example of a way people can get out of the house, meet new people …

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National Carers Week now on

National Carers Week is an opportunity to acknowledge the profoundly positive impact that unpaid carers have on those around them. Every day Australia’s 2.7 million unpaid carers give their time and energy to support the needs of others and significantly strengthen the social fabric of Australia’s communities. Webstercare Managing Director …

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Digital grants available now for Guild members

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, through Gold Cross Products and Services, is offering a digital grant to eligible Guild member pharmacies. In the first round, which closes at 5pm AEST next Friday (October 18), judges will award 25 Guild member pharmacies that fit eligibility criteria a dollar-for-dollar subsidy up to …

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Capital idea brings in $17m for MedAdvisor

The success of MedAdvisor’s recent share placement is seen by CEO Robert Read as “strong endorsement from investors” after the company raised $17 million this week, despite an 11 per cent premium. MedAdvisor’s capital raising strategy attracted significant demand from international and Australian institutional investors, with leading US healthcare analytics …

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UK issues Serious Shortage Protocols

This week, the UK Government used new legislation to allow pharmacists to supply alternative strengths of a drug without contacting the prescriber. It is the first time the UK’s recently established Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs) have been issued, on this occasion to combat predicted shortages of the antidepressant fluoxetine, and …

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Clampdown on repeat offenders

Antimicrobial stewardship took a step forward this week, with the PBAC recommending the removal of repeat options for antibiotic prescriptions. Targeting the prescribing of antibiotics at a general practitioner level is important because it’s where most antibiotics are prescribed – often with repeats not deemed therapeutically necessary. Research indicates that …

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Victoria lowers age for pharmacy flu injections

Children in Victoria aged 10 and over will be able to receive their annual influenza vaccination from a community pharmacy by a trained pharmacist immuniser. With this year’s severe flu season – more 245,000 laboratory confirmed cases of flu and more than 400 deaths recorded nationally – highlighting the need …

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Tear test sheds light on diabetic condition

Tear testing could replace skin biopsies in detecting diabetic peripheral neuropathy, a debilitating complication affecting almost 50 per cent of diabetics. A new study from UNSW Sydney is claimed to be the first to show that peripheral nerve damage, often the earliest sign of the type 1 diabetic peripheral neuropathy, …

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Pharmacists keen to solve age-old issue

Avoidable medication errors are causing the hospitalisation of more than 100 aged care residents every day in Australia, according to the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia. PSA President Associate Professor Chris Freeman says expanding the role of pharmacists in the provision of healthcare for vulnerable older Australians would offer protection from …

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