Tag Archives: cancer

Second study puts a smile on our dial

There is no link between mobile phones and brain cancer across all age groups, according to a statement released by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) this week. Criticism followed an earlier study of mobile phones and brain cancer rates in Australians aged 20-59 between 1982 on …

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Plant protein linked to longevity

An observational study with 70, 696 participants has shown that eating plant protein is associated with lower risk of death. The study has suggested encouraging a greater intake of plant-based protein as this may be related to better health and longevity. According to the study’s authors, while meat intake didn’t …

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Obesity link to disease: strongest evidence yet

A new study led by Professor Elina Hyppönen from UniSA’s Australian Centre for Precision Health is claimed to present the strongest evidence yet of a causal relationship between obesity and a wide range of serious conditions, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and neurological, musculoskeletal and respiratory afflictions. The study, published …

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Cheaper medication for cancer added to PBS

Four medicines that treat cancer and inflammatory disease have been added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) at a cost of $56 million. The medicines to be extended or listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme treat brain tumours, leukaemia, and inflammatory disease of the large blood vessels, Health Minister Greg …

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Surge in support for chronic disease action

Research released this week shows a significant increase in public support for government action on chronic disease. The 2018 Australian Perceptions of Prevention Survey (AUSPOPS) found more than 60 per cent of respondents supported a large role for government in maintaining people’s health, up from 46 per cent in 2016. …

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‘Micro submarines’ inside body could deliver meds

UNSW engineers have shown that ‘micro submarines’ powered by nano-motors could navigate the human body to provide targeted drug delivery to diseased organs without the need for external stimulus. Cancers in the human body may one day be treated by these tiny, self-propelled ‘micro-submarines’ delivering medicine to affected organs after …

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Planning to take care

Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) has welcomed National Volunteer Week’s 2019 theme, ‘Making a world of difference’, taking the opportunity to acknowledge the nationwide impact of its “small but mighty” volunteer team of 12. As the national authority on advance care planning, ACPA has empowered thousands of Australians to plan …

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Tobacco giant fuming at Australian lawmakers

Philip Morris Australia is calling for Australian policy makers to urgently review the evidence supporting smoke-free products, following this week’s ground-breaking decision in the United States. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorised the sale of Philip Morris International (PMI)’s smoke-free product, IQOS, determining it is “appropriate for …

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CAR-T leukaemia treatment is here

The future in cancer treatment has arrived for Australian children and young adults battling leukaemia, with the availability of CAR-T therapy in this country, according to Rare Cancers Australia (RCA). The organisation congratulated Health Minister Greg Hunt on the historical approval and reimbursement of Australia’s first chimeric antigen receptor T …

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Support for slip, slap, slop, seek, slide

The federal opposition’s plan for an $8.6 million national sun protection awareness campaign would significantly reduce the social and economic costs of skin cancer, according to Cancer Council Australia. Chair of Cancer Council Australia’s Public Health Committee, Anita Dessaix, says Australia is the world’s skin cancer capital, yet this is …

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