Retail Pharmacy Magazine

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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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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Australia on high alert for coronavirus, including pharmacists

The coronavirus, which has the world in a knot, has made its mark in Australia, with seven cases confirmed in Australia – one in Queensland, two in Victoria, and four in NSW. The most recent patient in Victoria, who is now isolated, is a man in his 60s who had …

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Good fat benefits evident in womb

A pregnant woman’s diet could affect how well her baby’s DNA protects against heart disease, cancer and other diseases later in life. A new study, led by University of Sydney researcher and Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellow, Associate Professor Michael Skilton, was published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. …

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New virus now only one flight away

A confirmed case of a novel coronavirus has been detected in Japan, making it the second confirmed case outside China and only one flight away from Australia. After a case in Thailand was identified on 13th January the World Health Organization confirmed that the virus, known as 2019-nCoV, has now …

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Blackmores trailblazer turns 100 and donates to fire service

Former long-term resident of the Northern Beaches and Blackmores trailblazer Sister Mercie Whellan has donated $100,000 to the Northern Beaches Rural Fire Service to mark her 100th birthday this week. Ms Whellan reached out to former Prime Minister of Australia and RFS volunteer Tony Abbott to offer a personal cheque. …

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Pharmacists supply PBS medicines without prescriptions during bushfire crisis

A temporary expansion of PBS Continued Dispensing to cover nearly all PBS medicines will mean Australians affected by the bushfire crisis will be able to access their vital medicines at regular PBS prices if they find themselves without a prescription. Under the temporary change announced by Health Minister Greg Hunt, …

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Amcal and Guardian unite for community first campaign

Amcal and Guardian have teamed up this year for the first time in a new purpose-led brand campaign designed to champion meaningful community connections this Christmas. Created to help bring communities together, the ‘Christmas Ties’ campaign features a range of co-branded creative assets to help showcase the true meaning of …

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Unplanned hospital admission associated with five-fold increased risk of death

Unexpected admission to hospital could be an early warning indicator of death within five years for seniors. This is according to a new study, ‘The risk of death within 5 years of first hospital admission in older adults’ in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal), which found that a first unplanned …

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Revised guidelines on alcohol consumption

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released newly revised guidelines on reducing health risks from drinking alcohol. The draft guidelines are open for public comment until February 24, 2020. “In 2017 there were more than 4,000 alcohol-related deaths in Australia, and across 2016/17 more than 70,000 hospital …

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