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Written by: Jethro Still
25/09/2012 - 6:49am

A record number of cancer screenings during the last few months will mean that more Tasmanian women are likely to survive breast and cervical cancer says minister for health Michelle O'Byrne.

Awareness campaigns throughout May and June has seen an increase in breast screening, with almost 700 women getting checked during July and August says Ms O'Byrne.

August had record numbers for the BreastScreen program, with nearly 3,000 women screening for breast cancer. There was also growth in women visiting their GPs for cervical cancer tests.

Written by: Jethro Still
24/09/2012 - 12:58pm

A report by Obesity Prevention Australia has found that 70 per cent of Australian adults will be overweight or obese by the year 2020.

This has highlighted the need for a healthy lifestyle, with a new national health initiative Girth Hour being launched October 1 to bring awareness to this problem.

Obesity Prevention Australia chief executive officer Levi Walz said that 61 per cent of Australian adults are currently overweight or obese, with around a quarter of Australian children in the same category.

Written by: Edward Brewer
24/09/2012 - 12:57pm

Reports from the NPS Medicines Line have suggested that consumers are receiving conflicting advice from pharmacists about the use of cough and cold medicines in children under 11, prompting NPS MedicineWise to urge pharmacists to review the recent Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) advice.

Despite the TGA advice there are reports that some pharmacies are continuing to sell cough and cold medicines for children under six years old, with others refusing to sell them for children over this age without a prescription, says NPS Head of Programs Karen Kaye.

Written by: Jethro Still
21/09/2012 - 1:24pm

Conditions like cancer, high blood pressure and diabetes may be treated by the unlikely medicine of snake venom sometime in the future.

An academic from The Australian National University has said that research into the venom could lead to the development of new drugs to treat medical conditions.

Written by: Suzanne Still
21/09/2012 - 1:23pm

A report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) on September 18, has found that cancer survival rates are improving in Australia.

Five year survival from all cancers increased from 47 per cent to 66 per cent in the period 1982-1987 to 2006-2010, a report has revealed.

The largest survival gains from the years between 1982-1987 and 2006-2010 were kidney cancer, prostate cancer and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Written by: Edward Brewer
20/09/2012 - 12:23pm

Australia's chief medical officer Professor Chris Baggoley officially launched the first three modules of the National Blood Authority (NBA) Patient Blood Management Guidelines yesterday (September 19) at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra.

The guidelines - approved by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) - are part of a 'nationally coordinated approach' to patient blood management, aiming to cut down on inappropriate transfusions and improve outcomes for patients.

Written by: Suzanne Still
20/09/2012 - 12:21pm

It's said that one-third of the estimated 170,000 people living with chronic hepatitis B in Australia are currently undiagnosed, with the country's first National Hepatitis B Testing Policy aiming to address this major public health issue.

The Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM) Clinical Director - Viral Hepatitis, Professor Bob Batey said that one in four people with chronic hepatitis B will die from liver failure or liver cancer if they are not given the "appropriate monitoring or treatment".

Written by: Suzanne Still
18/09/2012 - 11:20am

As part of The Salvation Army's annual Alcohol Awareness campaign, new research was released yesterday (September 17) revealing that 4.2 million people say they know families in which they think children are not properly looked after because of someone's alcohol abuse.

The study was based on a national telephone survey of 1,509 Australians conducted by Roy Morgan Research, about the impact that alcohol consumption had on children and families.

Written by: Edward Brewer
18/09/2012 - 11:19am

Having access to care and treatment for your medical needs is possible with a private health insurance plan, but a new survey has found that 75 per cent of Australians believe that a price discount should be offered by the government for those who choose to buy generic medicines.

Written by: Suzanne Still
17/09/2012 - 2:19pm

There is increasing evidence that taking care of your brain, body and heart can aid in reducing the risk of developing dementia, with a recent study finding that if risk factors such as obesity and smoking were cut by a quarter (25 per cent) there would be "three million fewer cases of Alzheimer's disease worldwide".

A brain health program has been developed to help cut rates of dementia, and is regarded as a 'world-first' that will be launched by international dementia expert Dr Serge Gauthier.