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05/02/2013 - 3:48pm

The federal government is proposing changes to the rebate on private health insurance, which Private Healthcare Australia (PHA) says will mean millions of Australians will have to pay more for their private health cover or wait longer for care.

Written by: Suzanne Still
04/02/2013 - 3:38pm

In light of World Cancer Day, the government has revealed that the fight against the disease will be given a $10.6 million boost in new funding for 38 research grants.

Minister for health Tanya Plibersek said that cancer continues to have a "significant impact" on the community, with one in two men and one in three women being diagnosed with the disease in their lifetime in Australia.

Written by: Edward Brewer
04/02/2013 - 3:36pm

Today (February 4) marks World Cancer Day on the calendar and Cancer Council Australia has stepped up to dispel "internet-based" myths about the disease with its website iheard.

Cancer Council chief executive officer Professor Ian Olver said that while the internet is a "phenomenal" information resource, it can also be a vehicle for misinformation.

"For example, just Google ‘cancer’ + ‘plastic bottles’, and more than three million hits come up," Professor Olver said.

Written by: Suzanne Still
01/02/2013 - 2:30pm

If you have made it one of your goals to take better care of your health and wellbeing in 2013, then consider getting out Australian health insurance.

Private health cover can help to ensure you get the proper treatment and care for your medical needs.

As well as seeking the appropriate medical treatment, it's also essential to follow good nutrition guidelines.

Written by: Edward Brewer
01/02/2013 - 2:29pm

Almost two thirds of Australians aged over 50 have had their car serviced in the last two years, but less than a quarter (23 per cent) of them have been screened for bowel cancer, even though it is one of the leading causes of cancer deaths in the country.

Respondents of Let's Beat Bowel Cancer and Bowel Cancer Australia's survey were more concerned with servicing their car (62.5 per cent) and going on holiday (49.6 per cent) than getting screened for the disease.

Written by: Suzanne Still
31/01/2013 - 3:46pm

For the first time scientists have derived and purified lens epithelium - an embryonic tissue from which the lens of the eye develops - bringing researchers from the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute at Monash University closer to finding a cure for congenital sight impairment caused by lens damage.

Associate Professor Tiziano Barberi said that this breakthrough would "eventually help" to cure visual impairment caused by severe damage to the lens or congenital cataracts.

Written by: Suzanne Still
31/01/2013 - 2:28pm

Children with cerebral palsy who were treated with an infusion of cord blood showed "significant improvements" in cognitive function and motor skills according to a study published in the clinical research journal Stem Cells.

Head of Research of the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, associate professor Iona Novak, commented that this is the "most important and promising" stem cell study in cerebral palsy published to date, and that it is the first possibility of a partial cure for the condition.

Written by: Edward Brewer
30/01/2013 - 3:27pm

A study released today (January 30) by the Sax Institute in NSW has found that men with erectile dysfunction - even those with minor difficulties - could be at higher risk of heart disease and have an increased risk of premature death from any cause.

The study, led by Professor Emily Banks, saw 95,000 Australian males participate in the Sax Institute's 45 and Up Study - and is the "world's largest look" at the link between heart disease and erectile dysfunction.

Written by: Suzanne Still
30/01/2013 - 3:24pm

The workplace can be a stressful setting for many people, but companies can put corporate health plans in place to help deal with some of the problems that may be plaguing staff.

Health issues such as diabetes and arthritis may be adding to the home and work stress of employees, so a business health insurance plan may help to lighten the burden.

Written by: Edward Brewer
29/01/2013 - 2:15pm

According to a study from American researchers, people could be in for more severe flu seasons that arrive earlier, as a result of climate change.

The study led by Sherry Towers of the Mathematical, Computational and Modeling Sciences Center at Arizona State University studied waves of influenza and climate patterns in the U.S. from the 1997-1998 season through to the present day.