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Sugary drinks associated with cancer risk

A new study recently published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) has reported a possible association between higher consumption of sugary drinks and increased risk of cancer. While caution is needed in the interpretation of the results, the study adds to the growing body of evidence that limiting sugary drink …

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New sensor changes the game

Flinders University has begun developing a tiny fibre-optic sensor that has the potential to save lives in not only open heart surgery but for pre-term babies as well. The new micro-medical device goes against the grain of traditional methods used to monitor blood flow, that is often considered as dangerous. …

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Aussie flu vaccine set to begin trials across US

A more effective seasonal flu vaccine developed in South Australia is about to be tested in clinical trials across the US. Dr Nikolai Petrovsky, Flinders University Professor and Research Director of local company Vaxine, says his team has demonstrated that even though flu vaccines provide some protection, a lot more …

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Confirmed: exposure to bacteria begins in womb

Australian researchers have settled a longstanding controversy as to whether the womb is sterile. A new study based on contamination controls has confirmed that exposure to influential bacteria begins in the womb and could help to shape the developing foetal immune system, gut and brain. The study’s researchers gathered amniotic …

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Glaucoma group’s $200k in new research grants

Glaucoma Australia will award $200,000 in the first round of its new Glaucoma Research Grants Program funded by the William A Quinlivan Research Fund, which was established in 2006. Applications are now open until September 1, 2019, with the successful recipients to be announced on World Sight Day (October 10). …

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Shadow Minister will address Guild dinner

The Pharmacy Guild has confirmed that Shadow Health Minister Chris Bowen will address its annual parliamentary dinner on September 10 in the Great Hall of Parliament House, Canberra. Guild Acting National President Trent Twomey says the Guild welcomes Mr Bowen’s   input in providing the federal opposition’s perspective on community pharmacy. …

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Agency invests in local industry to design software for specialists

The Australian Digital Healthy Agency has partnered with Australian software organisations to design world leading software for specialists. Nine specialist software vendors, including Zedmed and Clinic to Cloud, have received $40,000 to integrate the My Health Record into their current systems, to bring benefits to specialists, including cardiologists and anaesthetists. …

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