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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.

09/05/2013 - 3:35pm

Approximately 120 women and their families will be attending the Living Well with Secondary Breast Cancer Forum, which is being held today (Thursday, May 9) in Brisbane.

Secondary, or metastatic, breast cancer involves the spread of cancer cells to other organs or parts of the body. It can occur several years after treatment has been completed for primary breast cancer.

This forum has been designed to inform participants about the latest developments in breast cancer treatment, as well as provide them with strategies to improve their physical and mental health.

08/05/2013 - 7:31am

Anxiety is a more common mental health disorder in Australia than you might think, especially in the workplace.

Recent research conducted by Roy Morgan reveals that 13.8 per cent of all Australians aged 18 and over suffer from anxiety. That's 2.44 million people.

Worryingly, this number represents an increase in the number of people experiencing anxiety attacks. In 2008, only 9.9 per cent of the population reported suffering from this condition.

Written by: Edward Brewer
03/05/2013 - 1:13pm

A fantastic new tool that will no doubt prove useful in Australia's ongoing fight against heart attacks was released on May 1 by Victoria's Heart Foundation.

It's called Victorian Heart Maps, and essentially highlights areas around the state that have a high level of heart-attack activity.

As it stands, the people of Central Goldfields are most at risk, with Towong, Pyrenees, Yarriambiack and Southern Grampians following close behind.

This has been determined through data that was collected over the past five years by the Victorian government.

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