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Written by: Jethro Still
27/09/2012 - 3:21pm

It's estimated that 298,000 Australians were suffering from dementia in 2011, with numbers predicted to rise by a third in 2020 a report released today (September 27) by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) revealed.

AIHW director and chief executive officer David Kalisch and president of Alzheimer's Australia Ita Buttrose launched the report today at the National Dementia Research Forum in Canberra.

Written by: Suzanne Still
26/09/2012 - 2:01pm

There is a one in 23 chance that by the age of 85 a female will be diagnosed with gynaecological cancer, with an average of 12 Australian women diagnosed with the disease each day.

A report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) and Cancer Australia on September 25, found that although gynaecological cancers are still a major cause of disease, survival prospects are improving.

Written by: Edward Brewer
26/09/2012 - 2:00pm

Dementia Awareness Week has launched for another year, with those in the Northern Territory urged to seek help from a doctor if they are concerned about their memory or that of a loved one.

With the NT marking Dementia Awareness Week from September 21 to 28, local community geriatrician Dr Michael Lowe said resources and services are available for people suffering from memory loss.

"Concerns about your memory and the possibility of having dementia can be very worrying for yourself and also your family and friends," Dr Lowe said.

Written by: Suzanne Still
25/09/2012 - 6:50am

Almost 280,000 Australians live with dementia, with numbers expected to soar to nearly one million by 2050 if there is no significant medical breakthrough.

Dementia is also Australia's third leading cause of death after heart disease and stroke, with Alzheimer's Australia (AA) running Dementia Awareness Week from September 21-28 to bring attention to the condition.

The term dementia covers a group of illnesses that cause a progressive decline in functioning skills, which include social skills, loss of memory, physical functioning, rationality and intellect.

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.