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Written by: Jethro Still
05/11/2012 - 2:47pm

Health insurer nib holdings announced on November 2 that it has agreed to buy New Zealand health insurance company Tower Medical Insurance for approximately $80 million (NZ $102 million).

Tower Medical is New Zealand's second largest health insurer, providing health cover to around 169,000 people where it has an annual premium revenue of approximately NZ $140 million.

The sale is subject to 'New Zealand regulatory approvals', where the purchase price may be adjusted based on completed accounts.

Written by: Suzanne Still
03/11/2012 - 12:32pm

The 60,000th Berlei My Care Kit milestone was reached in October - Breast Cancer Awareness Month - with the kit provided to a woman who had recently undergone surgery for breast cancer.

The My Care Kit - provided free to Australian women after breast cancer surgery -  contains a 'specially designed' Berlei bra that can be worn in the weeks following surgery and support material that can assist in the recovery process.

Written by: Suzanne Still
02/11/2012 - 12:33pm

A new policy announced by health minister Lawrence Springborg yesterday (November 1) will allow access for women under 40 who have an 'increased risk' of breast cancer to specialist screening services.

It was also revealed by Mr Springborg that Brisbane's Breast Cancer Family History Clinic would receive an extra $400,000 in funding to support women at high risk of familial breast cancer.

"Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed among women in Queensland," Mr Springborg said.

Written by: Suzanne Still
02/11/2012 - 12:31pm

Expanded access to Medicare-funded Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) services is said to benefit thousands of patients, particularly children, from November 1.

Patients will have improved access to 'ongoing, affordable and convenient diagnostic imaging services' with an additional 191 Medicare-eligible MRI services available from yesterday (November 1).

Written by: Suzanne Still
31/10/2012 - 2:41pm

Australian children are said to be doing well in terms of health and wellbeing, according to a report released today (October 31) by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) - but there is 'room for improvement for some'.

The report, A picture of Australia's children 2012, indicates that the prevalence of asthma among children has dropped and that infants and children's death rates have halved since 1986.

The rates of drinking and smoking in children aged 12 to 14 have also reduced with smoking in households with children dropping also.

Written by: Edward Brewer
31/10/2012 - 2:39pm

Breakthroughs in children's health research can lead to finding better treatments for diseases and illnesses, but this life-saving research needs money to continue.

You can help to raise funds for children's health research by gathering your workmates together, lacing up your runners and setting up the treadmill for the annual Foxtel Lap.

Workplaces all over the country get in on the event, participating in a ten hour challenge which involves a 20 people tag team exercising on the treadmill or spin bike to raise funds for the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.

Written by: Suzanne Still
30/10/2012 - 11:19am

A national recall on raw almonds from Woolworths and a supermarket chain in Queensland, has prompted WA Health to urge people to check their pantry nut supplies.

Three Western Australians were affected by salmonella contamination, said WA Health medical epidemiologist Dr Gary Dowse, and were linked batches of Woolworths Almond Kernels with best before dates of 05/02/13, 06/04/13, 07/04/13, 12/04/13 and 09/03/13.

Written by: Jethro Still
30/10/2012 - 11:18am

Around one in nine Australians - approximately 1.7 million - aged over 25 have at least one clinical sign of existing chronic kidney disease (CKD), such as reduced kidney function.

CKD is a growing health problem, with Kidney Health Australia stating that a person can lose up to 90 per cent of their kidney function before experiencing any symptoms.

Written by: Edward Brewer
29/10/2012 - 2:44pm

Obesity is a key risk factor in cardiovascular disease, holding many Australians at risk of the disease, with findings from the Australian Health Survey released today (October 29) indicating that nearly two thirds (63 per cent) are classified as overweight or obese.

The National Heart Foundation of Australia released a statement today stating that the data released by the ABS has confirmed the need to improve food supply in order to reduce deaths from cardiovascular disease.

Written by: Jethro Still
29/10/2012 - 2:02pm

New research published in the American Heart Association's journal Stroke, has found that stroke survivors who smoke are at greater risk of additional strokes, heart attack or death than those who have never smoked.

The study involved almost 1,600 stroke survivors between 1996 and 1999, and looked at the recurrent strokes and heart attacks, as well as the occurrence of deaths in a ten year period.

Smokers who suffered stroke had a 30 per cent greater risk of death, heart attack and additional strokes than those who had not smoked.