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GPs better equipped to reduce dementia risks

New research has shown that around 15 per cent of dementia cases globally could be prevented by making straightforward GP-recommended changes, such as reducing blood pressure or increasing physical activity. The information, released by the Lancet Commission on Dementia Prevention, has prompted the issue of new guidelines for Australian GPs …

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Health spend tracking at below inflation rate

More than $185 billion, or almost $7,500 per person, was spent on health goods and services in Australia during 2017-18, according to a new report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). The report, ‘Health expenditure in Australia 2017-18’, reveals spending per person decreased by 0.4 per cent, …

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Pure caffeine sales ban

Following a report into the safety of caffeine powders and highly concentrated caffeine products, the Morrison government has banned the sale of pure and highly concentrated caffeine food products for personal consumption. The ban comes as a result of a report commissioned by Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians …

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Corum gets BAMM for its buck in tech link-up

Corum Group has agreed the terms of a technology co-development with BAMM Group Administration, a company controlled by brothers Feras and Assad Karem, who also head up Pharmacy4Less. Corum previously announced it is progressing with a cloud-based Head Office solution as a part of the ‘Corum Clear’ suite of pharmacy …

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TGA approval for new ovarian cancer therapy

AstraZeneca’s Lynparza (olaparib) tablets have been registered by the Therapeutic Goods Administration This means clinicians can prescribe Lynparza tablets for eligible women at an earlier stage, after they complete just one line of chemotherapy, rather than waiting until the patient relapses. Ovarian cancer still has the lowest survival rate of …

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FIP Congress hails the ‘century of pharmacists’

Having shared details of a new global strategy at this week’s World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Abu Dhabi, International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) President Dominique Jordan told the assembled delegates, “the 21st century will be the century of pharmacists”. In his opening address, Mr Jordan outlined FIP’s new …

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WHO backs UN edict on global health coverage

World leaders adopted a high-level United Nations political declaration on universal health coverage (UHC) this week — the most comprehensive set of health commitments ever adopted at this level. “This declaration represents a landmark for global health and development,” WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. “The world has 11 …

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Potential treatment uncovered for chronic disease

A recent study published in Nature has revealed that a protein compound called IC7Fc has the potential to improve glucose metabolism, prevent weight gain and loss of muscle mass. The study suggests that this compound could therefore become an effective treatment for chronic conditions, including diabetes, obesity and loss of …

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