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Written by: Edward Brewer
19/12/2012 - 1:16pm

National Stroke Foundation chief executive officer Dr Erin Lalor said that for $3 per Australian, per year, we can begin to "improve stroke care, reduce the death and reduce the disability".

Dr Lalor launched a three-year, $198 million National Action Plan for Stroke yesterday (December 18), in response to concern about how stroke is managed in Australia.

Stroke is said to be Australia's second biggest killer, with Dr Lalor calling on the Australian government to fund the five key policy proposals outlined in the National Action Plan.

Written by: Suzanne Still
19/12/2012 - 1:15pm

The festive season is a time for friends and family to gather together and celebrate the year that was, which may get many of us to thinking about our health and wellbeing.

A health insurance plan can help to ensure you and your loved ones get the appropriate treatment and care needed.

On December 19, the NSW health minister Jillian Skinner welcomed news that the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) had approved new rapid screening tests for HIV.

Written by: Suzanne Still
18/12/2012 - 10:42am

Around one in 75 Australians are said to be affected by bipolar disorder, an illness that affects the functioning of the brain so that the person experiences extreme moods that can be unpredictable.

Brain imaging technology was used by researchers from the Black Dog Institute and University of NSW to show that adolescents with a known genetic risk of bipolar disorder but with no clinical signs of the illness, have 'clear and quantifiable differences' in brain activity.

Written by: Edward Brewer
18/12/2012 - 10:40am

A study carried out by Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute researchers has found that the injection of a single gene (Tbx18) can make ordinary heart cells become replicas of 'highly specialised pacemaker cells'.

The research will be published in the January 8 issue of Nature Biotechnology, and is said to be a 'major step forward' in correcting failing and erratic heartbeats.

A private health insurance plan can help to ensure you and your loved ones get the appropriate medical treatment and care.

Written by: Suzanne Still
17/12/2012 - 1:42pm

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service has today (December 17) launched the Christmas and New Year 'Blood Blitz', which is designed to fill appointments in a time when usual donors will likely be on holiday.

An extra 25,000 blood donations are needed over this holiday period, to help boost supply for road trauma victims, patients undergoing emergency surgery and cancer patients.

The Blood Blitz will run until January 4, with the Blood Service highlighting Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve as the 'most concerning days' due to low appointment numbers.

Written by: Edward Brewer
17/12/2012 - 1:40pm

If there's a time of year to consider getting private health insurance, it may be summer, with the soaring temperatures causing a potential risk to our health and wellbeing.

Red Cross emergency services coordinator John Richardson said that extreme heat can 'pose a real threat' especially to children, people with medical conditions and the elderly.

Research has found that extreme heat events have taken more lives than any other natural hazard in Australia.

Written by: Jethro Still
14/12/2012 - 11:00am

The ban of commercial solaria in Victoria from December 31 2014 was announced by premier Ted Baillieu and health minister David Davis in a move to protect people from skin cancer.

Mr Baillieu commented that the days for solaria in Victoria are "numbered" with skin cancer being one of the most preventable cancers, yet still being the most common form of cancer in Victoria.

Written by: Edward Brewer
14/12/2012 - 10:57am

Many accidents can happen during summer, when beach visits and festive parties can go wrong, making the season a suitable time to consider getting private health cover.

You can also look after the needs of your loved ones by having family health insurance set up, which will help ensure the appropriate care and treatment is administered.

Written by: Edward Brewer
13/12/2012 - 2:32pm

A number of unfortunate accidents can take place over the Christmas period, with many deaths able to be prevented.

"Don't be afraid of getting involved and performing hands-only CPR; any CPR is better than no CPR," said associate professor Paul Middleton, chair of the NSW branch of the Australian Resuscitation Council.

Hospital emergency departments are at their busiest during the Christmas holiday season, with car accidents, too much alcohol consumption and heart attacks contributing to the influx of patients.

Written by: Suzanne Still
13/12/2012 - 12:01pm

Summer is now in full swing, so you can expect many Australians to head out to the beach and soak up some sun.

Having a health insurance plan is one step to ensuring your wellbeing is looked after, so private health cover is something you might want to consider this season.