Tag Archives: cancer

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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Big healthcare reforms needed

The winner of next month’s federal election must have the courage to lead reforms to the health system to keep it effective, efficient and affordable, says Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) CEO Alison Verhoeven. “Simply throwing new money at old problems will be doing current and future generations of …

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Alcohol and fat link to breast cancer

Body fatness and alcohol consumption are the leading preventable causes of breast cancer in Australian women, a new study in 200,000 women has found. Maintaining a healthy weight and not consuming alcohol regularly could help prevent thousands of breast cancer cases, and the finding from the big data study by …

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Heat-not-burn is smoke and mirrors

Heated tobacco devices, vaping and traditional cigarettes are all toxic to human lung cells, says a new study.[1] The study, led by Dr Pawan Sharma, a researcher at the University of Technology Sydney and the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, Sydney, suggests the new heat-not-burn devices that heat solid tobacco …

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