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12/12/2013 - 3:07pm

A blood test that could help prevent the tragedy of stillbirth has been developed by researchers at Mercy Health in Melbourne.

Medical professionals have long struggled to identify and measure the oxygen levels of a baby inside the womb, which leads to difficulty in diagnosing oxygen and nutrient deprivation in foetuses.

About half of the 2,000 recorded stillbirths in Australia each year are caused by oxygen and nutrient deprivation. The condition can also result in brain damage and other serious injuries in infants.

09/12/2013 - 3:20pm

When purchasing private health insurance, your chosen provider will often place a waiting period on your policy.

This waiting period will represent the time before you can receive benefits from your health insurance cover.

Waiting periods are an accepted method for health fund providers to protect themselves from patients only taking out a policy when they know or suspect they may need hospital treatment.

29/11/2013 - 4:28pm

Research on the waiting times for malignant breast, bowel and lung cancer surgery will help lead service improvement, according to the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA).

The National Health Performance Authority found overall results were positive but there were significant levels of variation between treatment for those with private health insurance and their uninsured counterparts across multiple facilities.

29/11/2013 - 8:56am

Rising costs is just one of the issues that are likely to emerge in light of an ageing population, recent research from the OECD suggests.

The group found that benefits need to be sufficient to maintain a standard of living in old age, while policy action must be taken to ensure people are able to meet living costs.

Pensions at a Glance 2013 explained that the majority of OECD countries will have a retirement age of at least 67 years for both men and women by 2050.

27/11/2013 - 6:47am

Health care services throughout Australia are likely to face more strain than ever over the coming decades, as new figures predict the population will double by 2075.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) made the forecast, indicating that 46 million people will live in the country in 62 years' time.

Director of demography at the ABS Bjorn Jarvis explained that if population growth speeds up at a faster rate than expected, this target could be reached as early as 2058.

25/11/2013 - 6:54am

Many lung cancer sufferers find they face a stigma that ultimately reduces their quality of life, a new study has found.

Presented by Cancer Australia to the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia's Annual Scientific Meeting, the report showed that this is the case for both smokers and non-smokers alike.

Research co-author Sue Sinclair explained that coping with lung cancer is difficult for anyone, so dealing with a stigma as well can make the situation even worse.

25/11/2013 - 6:54am

Diabetes is a growing problem across every nation, with around one in ten of the global population expected to suffer from the condition by 2035.

This is according to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), which revealed that by 2035, the amount of people with diabetes will reach 592 million.

The majority of these people will live in low and middle income countries and be under the age of 60.

21/11/2013 - 3:43pm

Corporate health and wellbeing is suffering because of stress among Australia's workforce, according to the third annual Stress and Wellbeing survey released by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) on November 10.

The study revealed that 75 per cent of Australian workers believe stress is negatively impacting their physical health, while 68 per cent report stress affects their mental health.

19/11/2013 - 3:17pm

The new Emergency Medical Unit (EMU) at Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH) was officially opened today (November 19) by Tasmanian Minister for Health Michelle O'Byrne.

Reduced waiting times and improved health outcomes for patients are just two benefits the new $8.7 million unit is expected to bring to Tasmanian health care.

Funded as part of the $325 million Tasmanian Health Assistance Package, the 10 bed unit will provide care for patients requiring between 4 and 24 hours of hospital treatment.

19/11/2013 - 6:52am

Victoria's annual fire awareness week launched today with the message that all Victorians need to understand their fire risk and be ready to act this summer.

Planning and preparing for the fire season should include reviewing and updating your home, contents and health insurance policies to ensure you are covered if and when a fire occurs.

Australians living near grassland in the outskirts of a city or town are encouraged to consider the threat of fire to be a 'not if but when' situation.

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