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Written by: Edward Brewer
26/11/2012 - 2:54pm

Over 1100 new Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infections were diagnosed in Australia last year, an increase of 8.2 per cent on 2010. There is no cure or vaccine for HIV and Acquired Immunodeficiency Disease (AIDS), and the disease can affect anyone.

The transmission of HIV can be stopped though, and by becoming informed about how the disease is transmitted and how we can protect ourselves, we can help to prevent its spread.

Written by: Suzanne Still
26/11/2012 - 2:52pm

A new booklet written by Australia's top immunologists has set out to clear up confusion about immunisation and dispel common myths.

The Science of Immunisation: Questions and Answers was published by the Australian Academy of Science and launched today (November 26) by the academy president professor Suzanne Cory.

"The academy is strongly committed to ensuring that every Australian has the opportunity to understand scientific issues and base their decisions on the best available evidence," Professor Cory said.

Written by: Edward Brewer
23/11/2012 - 11:12am

A new $185 million research facility at Australia's oldest medical research institute, the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, was officially opened in Melbourne yesterday (November 22).

Premier of Victoria Ted Baillieu was joined by parliamentary secretary for health and ageing Catherine King, cancer survivors who benefitted from an institute discovery and staff of the institute in the facility's opening.

Written by: Suzanne Still
23/11/2012 - 11:10am

It is often thought that food has the biggest impact on children's weight, but new data from the Lifestyle of our Kids (LOOK) longitudinal study has found that it is rather physical activity that has the most impact.

A four year study of over 700 Australian children aged eight to 12 found that the main difference between lean and overweight children was that the lean were more physically active, said lead researcher professor Richard Telford.

Written by: Suzanne Still
22/11/2012 - 11:20am

State health minister Lawrence Springborg is urging Queenslanders to think about their sun safety behaviours in light of Skin Cancer Action Week, with the minister stating that Queensland has the highest rates of skin cancer in the world.

Mr Springborg said the week - running from November 18 to 24 - is a reminder of the damage the sun can do to our skin.

"Considering 80 per cent of damage occurs in the first 20 years of a person’s life, it is vital young people start looking at ways to protect their skin from damage," said Mr Springborg.

Written by: Jethro Still
22/11/2012 - 11:19am

Ensuring that family members get the appropriate health care and treatment is a priority for many Australians, with some seeking the aid of private health insurance to help in achieving this.

Australians will be able to further look after their family's needs and have better access to health information, after a new iPhone app from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) was launched yesterday (November 21).

Written by: Jethro Still
21/11/2012 - 11:52am

It's important to take good care of your health now, to help ensure good wellbeing for years to come - and having private health insurance in place may aid in achieving this.

Three million Australians are projected to develop dementia by 2050, says a new report commissioned by Alzheimer's Australia.

The report was prepared by the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre - Assessment and Better Care at the University of New South Wales.

Written by: Edward Brewer
21/11/2012 - 11:51am

Gastrointestinal (GI) cancers affect the digestive system, which includes cancers of the gallbladder, liver, oesophagus, pancreas, stomach and colorectal organs.

When diagnosed with cancer, people can have many questions about their condition, which is why the GI Cancer Institute has launched a free online information network, Engage.

This network will help GI cancer patients, survivors, family member and carers persevere through a difficult time.

Written by: Suzanne Still
20/11/2012 - 2:10pm

The incidence of skin cancer in Australia is one of the highest in the world, with two in three Australians diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they reach 70.

This highlights the need for Australians to be SunSmart - and recent changes to sunscreen will allow for improved UVA protection.

A new standard announced by the Therapeutic Goods Administration on November 10 has allowed manufacturers to increase the sun protection factor in sunscreens to SPF50+, a change the Cancer Council NSW supports.

Written by: Jethro Still
20/11/2012 - 2:09pm

Packing up and jetting off overseas can be exciting - but all your plans can come crashing down once a flight is cancelled, baggage is damaged or you end up in hospital due to an accident.

Foreign minister Bob Carr launched a $2.6 million nationwide campaign on November 19 to remind Australians of the risks of going overseas without travel insurance

Mr Carr was joined by Erin Langworthy, an Australian who had fallen 360 feet into a Zambian river after her bungee cord broke.