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Written by: Jethro Still
14/12/2012 - 12:00pm

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 - 11:57am

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 - 3:32pm

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 - 1:01pm

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.

Written by: Edward Brewer
12/12/2012 - 3:50pm

LifeHealthcare has helped to install the country's first fully portable CT scanner at Brisbane Private Hospital.

The battery-operated 'BodyTom' mobile intra-operative 32-slice CT scanner give surgeons "new capabilities" during procedures.

This portable scanner reduces the need to transport patients to and from fixed CT scanners, so imaging can be done in the operating room.

Written by: Suzanne Still
12/12/2012 - 3:49pm

Our bodies follow a "natural daily rhythm" often referred to as the circadian clock, pointing out certain times of day when a person has the best coordination, is at the most alert and when they are in the deepest sleep among other things.

New research has revealed for the first time, that a common gene variant that affects "virtually the entire population" may be responsible for your tendency to be a early riser or a night owl.

More surprisingly this new finding could also help in determining the time of day a person may be most likely to die.

Written by: Edward Brewer
12/12/2012 - 3:48pm

Australians diagnosed with cancer tend to have better survival prospects compared to those living in other countries, with survival rates for most types of cancers improving, according to a Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report released today.

As we head into the festive season, we may start thinking about looking after our wellbeing as well as that of our loved ones.

A health insurance plan can help to ensure you get the appropriate treatment for your family's medical needs.

Written by: Suzanne Still
11/12/2012 - 2:35pm

A student from the University of Sydney's School of Psychology has come up with an ingenious idea that may see smartphones becoming a "mobile medical laboratory", recording and sending data for a range of research.

"This method makes heart rate research more inexpensive, portable and straightforward,"  said PhD student James Heathers.

Written by: Suzanne Still
10/12/2012 - 3:30pm

Today's announcement of a new food standard that has food manufacturers having to provide scientific evidence of a product's health claim, has been judged as a win for consumers by Heart Foundation chief executive officer Dr Lyn Roberts.

"Research showed that when consumers see products that have health claims, they assume they relate to all nutrients in the product," said Dr Roberts.

"Now that food manufacturers have to support their health claim with scientific evidence, it will give consumers confidence in the products they are buying."

Written by: Jethro Still
10/12/2012 - 3:29pm

DonateLife states that around 1,600 people are on Australian organ transplant waiting lists, with potentially ten or more lives being changed by one organ and tissue donor.

Parliamentary secretary for health and ageing Catherine King announced today (December 10) that Australia had achieved the highest monthly deceased organ donation outcome since the national records were established.

"In November this year, Australia achieved a record number of 45 deceased organ donors, providing life-transforming transplants for 141 Australians," Ms King said.