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It’s all in the waist

Decreases in waist circumference are a critically important treatment target for reducing potential health risk, says Robert Ross and 16 colleagues from Canada’s Queen’s University, Kingston. Their findings, published in Nature Reviews Endocrinology, emphasise that healthcare professionals should routinely measure waist circumference alongside body mass index (BMI) to properly assess …

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Towards personalised lung cancer treatment

Roche Australia, in partnership with the federal government, will jointly fund a new clinical program, ‘ASPiRATION’, to assess the impact of personalised healthcare in lung cancer. This will potentially transform the way cancer care is administered in Australia. Study activities will be overseen and implemented by the Australasian Lung Cancer …

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Cervical cancer: 60m lives could be saved

Australian and international researchers conclude that over the next 100 years, more than 74 million cervical cancer cases and 60 million deaths could be averted. The studies The first study, published in The Lancet, modelled the progress that could be made towards eliminating new cervical cancer cases by introducing or …

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Aussie prostate cancer study makes ASCO cut

An Australian study has shown that hormone therapy with the drug enzalutamide can improve the survival of some men with advanced, hormone-sensitive prostate cancer. The Enzamet (‘Enzalutamide with standard first-line therapy in metastatic prostate cancer’) study is the work of the Australian and New Zealand Urogenital and Prostate Cancer Trials …

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Med use shortfall of 40pc in ADHD kids

A new study has found that children with ADHD are going without treatment 40% of the time, due to inconsistency in taking prescribed medications. The research, led by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) and published in Archives of Disease in Childhood, shows the average medication coverage, the total time …

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Elderly missing out on shingles jab

Media Release February 3, 2020 Many older Australians are missing out on the chance to be vaccinated against shingles, according to the latest issue of Australian Prescriber. Only about a third of 70-year-olds have had the free vaccination against this relatively common disease. Professor Kristine Macartney, Director of the National …

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World Cancer Day: every action counts

Today marks the 20th anniversary of World Cancer Day. The aim this year is to mobilise urgent action from individuals, governments and the global cancer community; it is to close the clear gaps in cancer risk awareness between higher and lower socioeconomic groups, and the subsequent impact on their health-promoting …

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Coronavirus updates

February 12, 2020 Today Minister for Health Greg Hunt addressed the public on how the Australian containment processes are going, and stated that: “In addition, though, to bolster that, we will be providing an additional 300,000 surgical masks to the primary health networks for supporting doctors, health workers and also …

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Flexible plan to help more quit smoking

Greater flexibility should be allowed in prescribing for smoking cessation pharmacotherapy, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) recommends. Pharmacotherapy options available in Australia include nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), varenicline and bupropion hydrochloride. Australia has made progress in terms of tobacco control and smoking rates, with daily smoking nearly …

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Some cancers better left untreated: study

Research shows that Australians increasingly are being diagnosed with cancers that will do them no harm if left undetected or untreated. Professor Paul Glasziou, Director of the Institute of Evidence-Based Healthcare at Bond University, drew on data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare to look at how  the …

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