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Written by: Edward Brewer
06/06/2013 - 3:32pm

Men's mental health is being given time of day through an initiative from the federal government and beyondblue.

Beyondblue, a mental health support organisation, is partnering with the Australian government to roll out a new "Man Therapy" campaign.

This campaign is designed to battle the incidence of depression and anxiety in Australian men - a demographic that sometimes avoids identifying as having a mental illness. These men often do not seek support and treatment for these conditions.

05/06/2013 - 3:13pm

June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, so we thought we'd compile a few things you can do to support this worthy cause and make sure you keep fit and healthy!

Bowel Cancer is a "silent killer" and can develop undetected for quite some time.

According to Bowel Cancer Australia, the cancer can grow inside the bowel wall for years before it spreads to other parts of the body. It is often only then that it is caught.

So, be proactive and consider taking the following steps:

Evaluate your lifestyle

04/06/2013 - 3:21pm

Researchers at the University of Adelaide are undertaking ground-breaking research for a potential new treatment for prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer found in Australian men - around 20,000 new cases are diagnosed each year - and it's the second most common cause of cancer-related death.

Most research in prostate cancer treatment has focused on drugs to block the actions of male hormones in the cancer cells, but patients often become resistant to these treatments.

Written by: Edward Brewer
04/06/2013 - 3:18pm

The Heart Foundation has revealed that women are underestimating their risk of heart disease including heart attacks.

According to research, three in five women are unaware that heart disease is women's biggest health risk factor claiming many lives each year, despite the fact that many forms of heart disease are preventable or treatable if detected early.

The Heart Foundation has launched its annual Go Red for Women campaign to help raise awareness, urging all Australian women to have a heart health check.

29/05/2013 - 3:43pm

The most recent National Health Performance Authority report reveals the number of patients developing blood infections from the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) is highest in major hospitals.

S. aureus, or "Golden Staph", is a "potentially preventable" bloodstream infection that patients can develop whilst undergoing medical treatment in hospital.

27/05/2013 - 3:23pm

The Council of Australian Governments’ Reform Council revealed on Friday (May 24) that the number of obese and overweight Australians has risen by two per cent in the last four years.

This statistic has not come as a surprise to the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA), who believe our "toxic" food environment is to blame.

"Only seven in 20 Australian adults are in the healthy weight range", says PHAA president Heather Yeatman.

21/05/2013 - 3:39pm

National Palliative Care Week is once again upon us - an annual event organised by Palliative Care Australia to raise awareness about end-of-life issues.

Running from May 19 to 25, this year's event is centred on the idea that palliative care is "everyone's business" - that it will affect us all at some time.

A recent survey conducted by Palliative Care Australia revealed that an astonishing one in two respondents had not discussed any end-of-life-care decisions with their loved ones.

17/05/2013 - 3:33pm

Professor Mike Daube, a leading anti-tobacco campaigner, has today (May 17) revealed a 10-point plan that could see Australia being completely smoke-free within 15 years.

This plan was part of a paper, titled A Smoke-Free Australia: How Do We Get There?, which was presented at the Heart Foundation Conference this morning. This is a three-day event that is currently underway in Adelaide.

13/05/2013 - 3:14pm

Purchasing health insurance is not as simple as choosing a plan and forgetting about it, as your medical needs are likely to change and evolve as life goes on.

Generally, you should take the time to review your health insurance at least once a year, as comparing health insurance can often help you secure a better deal in the long run.

Written by: Edward Brewer
10/05/2013 - 3:28pm

Kidney Health Week, which starts on Sunday May 26 and runs until June 1, has been organised by Kidney Health Australia to raise public awareness about this deadly disease.

If you are over the age of 60, smoke, are overweight, have a family history of kidney disease, have diabetes or high blood pressure, your risk of developing chronic kidney disease (CKD) is greatly increased.

According to Kidney Health Australia, approximately one in three Australians fall into the 'at increased risk' category.

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