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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.

Written by: Edward Brewer
11/01/2013 - 1:52pm

Six young researchers have received $3.4 million in grants from health and medical research minister Jillian Skinner, as part of the Cancer Institute NSW's Early Career Development Fellowship program.

These three-year grants were given to those who are beginning their careers to uncover new treatments and a cure for cancer.

Mrs Skinner stated that by 2021 almost 51,000 people in NSW will be told they have cancer and that it has "never been more important" to invest in cures and treatments.

Written by: Suzanne Still
10/01/2013 - 3:23pm

If getting your health and wellbeing on track for 2013 is one of your New Year's resolutions, then take the next step and get yourself set up with private health cover.

A private health insurance plan can help to make sure you get appropriate treatment and care for your medical needs.

Written by: Edward Brewer
10/01/2013 - 3:22pm

People are being reminded by NPS MedicineWise to safely store their medicines as the extreme temperatures that are heating up parts of the country can impact the effectiveness of medicine.

Though it can be difficult trying to store medicine in the extreme heat, clinical adviser at NPS MedicineWise Dr Philippa Binns said there are some strategies people can use to help keep medicine safe and effective.

Written by: Suzanne Still
09/01/2013 - 1:51pm

Those choosing to quit smoking this year may find stubbing out the cigarette a little easier, with NSW enacting a smoking ban in several areas on January 7.

Amendments to the Smoke-free Environment Act have seen smoking banned from swimming pool complexes, light rail stations, railway platforms and ferry wharves, bus stops and taxi ranks, and spectator areas in sports grounds.

Written by: Edward Brewer
09/01/2013 - 11:46am

As the only burns service outside North America to receive an accreditation from the American Burn Association (ABA) and American College of Surgeons (ACS), The Royal Adelaide Hospital's (RAH) Burns Centre is up there with the world's best.

Acting health minister Pat Conlon said that it was a "remarkable achievement", congratulating everyone involved.

Written by: Suzanne Still
08/01/2013 - 11:45am

The Tasmanian bushfires have devastated a number of the island's communities, with public health authorities issuing some advice about the use of rainwater tanks in these areas.

Chief health officer and director of Public Health Dr Roscoe Taylor said that people should take a number of steps to ensure the quality of their water.

"The presence of ash and debris in rainwater does not represent a health risk but it can affect colour, clarity and taste, " Dr Taylor said.

Written by: Edward Brewer
08/01/2013 - 11:44am

People currently in Tasmania with respiratory conditions are being advised to take precautions as the smoke from bushfires continues to linger over parts of the island.

Smoke levels triggered air quality notifications in parts of Tasmania yesterday (January 7), particularly in the island's south east, said state manager of environmental health services Stuart Heggie.