Tag Archives: asthma

Biome Breathe products given to those affected by bushfires

Activated Probiotics commits to giving away $30,000 worth of Biome Breathe products to help those suffering asthma symptoms from smoke inhalation. Biome Breathe is clinically proven to significantly reduce the frequency and severity of Allergic Asthma Attacks. The products are also able to be used alongside prescribed medications for prevention …

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Smoke season calls for review of asthma plans

As smoke from fires along the east coast of Australia continues to impact on air quality, NPS MedicineWise has issued a reminder to people with breathing conditions to follow advice from their doctor and healthcare professionals, limit time spent outdoors and avoid vigorous exercise. NPS MedicineWise medical adviser Dr Jill …

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How pharmacists can cut hospitalisations

A recent report showing that more than 179,000 Queensland hospitalisations were potentially preventable in 2017-18 has prompted a call for action from the Pharmacy Guild. Responding to the recent Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report,1 the Guild’s Queensland Branch President, Professor Trent Twomey, said community pharmacists are highly trained, …

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Earth’s winds and fire: dangerous asthma mix

Recent winds, thunderstorms and bushfires across Victoria and NSW have prompted a health warning for those affected with asthma. The warning, from The National Asthma Council Australia, cautions health professionals that the extreme conditions, together with a high pollen alert, may put their patients at risk of serious asthma and …

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Climate change threat to future health is growing

The mounting risks to human health in Australia due to climate change require urgent government action, say the authors of the 2019 MJA-Lancet Countdown report. The report, published in the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA), found that although some progress has been achieved in renewable energy generation – including substantial employment …

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Bushfire air and why you should care

The air quality during fire season is extremely polluted and hazardous. Smoke from bushfires are made up of small particles, gases and water vapour. The gases in bushfire smoke include carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds (NSW Government, 2013). Due to the size of the particles …

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Asthma death figures show gender disparity

New data reveals a marked decrease in asthma-related deaths in Australian women, while the death toll for men barely dropped. Welcoming the reduction in asthma-related deaths, National Asthma Council Australia (NAC) warned against complacency as the total number of deaths remains high. Women aged over 54 are most at risk …

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Three-in-one inhaler cuts asthma attack risk: study

Patients at risk of severe asthma attacks due to asthma that is not controlled with standard treatment could benefit from a single three-in-one inhaler, say the authors of two new studies. Two phase three randomised controlled trials with more than 2,500 patients across 17 countries, presented at the European Respiratory …

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Asthma treatment option for PBS reimbursement

Since August 1, new once-daily asthma treatment option Arnuity Ellipta is being reimbursed on the PBS, according to GSK Australia. The listing provides “affordable access to another treatment option for suitable asthma patients aged 12 years and over”. “This new once-daily inhaler adds to the treatment options available to patients, …

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ECP aid effort in asthma-hit state

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s Early Career Pharmacist (ECP) Working Group Tasmanian branch is working to raise the profile of asthma and improve the accurate use of asthma inhalers. The group, along with an Asthma Australia representative, will be conducting asthma inhaler technique assessments in Hobart’s Elizabeth Street Mall on …

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