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Written by: Edward Brewer
21/01/2013 - 1:31pm

NSW Health said that as of January 18, cases of listeria have been identified in Victoria, NSW, Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia, with two men dying and a woman miscarrying.

A further seven cases of listeria identified in the ongoing national investigation has linked the serious illness to soft cheeses.

Jindi manufactured cheeses has been identified, with the company voluntarily recalling its cheese products from all the batches manufactured until January 7.

Written by: Edward Brewer
18/01/2013 - 3:20pm

Mental illness is not the typical topic that you would be talking about around the watercooler, but your company can seek to help staff with their health and wellbeing.

Minister for mental health and ageing Mark Butler said that over a million Australian children live in a house where at least one parent has a mental illness.

Mr Butler said that these children are at "greater risk" of developing a mental health or substance abuse issue, launching a new DVD, Family Focus, on January 15 for parents with mental illness.

Written by: Suzanne Still
18/01/2013 - 3:20pm

Walking down a supermarket aisle, you're likely to spot muesli bars with the words 'healthy', 'natural' or 'good source of fibre' printed on the labels, but a new law effective today (January 18) will see a "clamp down" on voluntary health claims on food packets.

The new Australian laws will help guide consumers in making "more informed choices" about the food they buy, with health benefits overstated on products such as cereal bars, soft drinks and breakfast cereals.

Written by: Edward Brewer
17/01/2013 - 2:35pm

The recent heat and bushfires may have caused injured bats to find shelter in or near residential homes, prompting NSW Health to warn people about the dangers of handling bats.

Some residents have picked injured bats up in an attempt to help or rescue them, but this can pose the threat of the deadly Lyssavirus being passed on by scratches or bites.

Lyssavirus is rare in Australia, with director of Health Protection NSW Dr Jeremy McAnulty, advising people to avoid contact with all bats.

Written by: Edward Brewer
16/01/2013 - 3:29pm

New funding from the Department of Health and Ageing has allowed Monash University to roll out a program that will address delays in access to radiation treatment.

The program is aimed at reducing pressure on radiation oncologists, by "up-skilling" radiation therapists so they can become advanced practitioners.

The new role will allow procedures requiring advanced clinical skills to be performed on behalf of the radio oncologist, which will make for a more "efficient and streamlined" radiation therapy.

Written by: Jethro Still
16/01/2013 - 12:24pm

British healthcare organisation, Bupa, was reported by the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) back in December to have spent around $500 million on acquisitions as it makes what the paper calls an "aggressive expansion" into Australia.

The SMH states that around half of Australia's health insurance policies are controlled by Bupa and Medibank (government-owned).

Written by: Suzanne Still
15/01/2013 - 1:45pm

Private health insurance is one step you can make this year to look after your health and wellbeing.

You can also help to look after that of your loved ones with a family health insurance plan, which can aid in ensuring they get the appropriate medical treatment and care.

Written by: Edward Brewer
15/01/2013 - 1:44pm

According to the peak body for urological surgeons, the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand (USANZ), there are almost 20,000 new cases and over 3,000 deaths from prostate cancer in Australia each year.

USANZ plays a vital role in educating groups about prostate cancer and in the last year a number of new studies have helped in gaining a better understanding of the disease.

One of the key things learnt in 2012 was that the mortality rate for men with prostate cancer in Australia is decreasing.

Written by: Suzanne Still
14/01/2013 - 12:12pm

Listeria infection cases usually average at about three a month, but in December NSW reported eight cases, with director of health protection NSW Dr Jeremy McAnulty saying that the increase is concerning.

The NSW Food Authority and NSW Health are reminding pregnant women, the elderly and those with weak immune systems to avoid 'risky foods' in light of the increase of listeriosis cases.

Dr McAnulty said that the rise in cases may indicate that people at risk of the disease are not aware that there are foods that could potentially be harmful to them.

Written by: Edward Brewer
14/01/2013 - 12:10pm

A research team from Melbourne's Walter and Eliza Hall Institute have made an important discovery - an immune system 'kill switch' which could be significant to infection and chemotherapy recovery.

International journal, Immunity, has published the findings, with the researchers saying that the 'kill switch' is triggered when internal immune cell 'signals' which protect the body from infection go "haywire".

When the body is under severe stress the switch eradicates blood stem cells.