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Written by: Edward Brewer
08/04/2013 - 3:32pm

When it comes to successful kidney transplants, Australia is leading the world, according to

The Australian government's launch yesterday morning (April 7) of the trial Live Organ Donor Leave program will no doubt aid our country in maintaining this status as a global frontrunner.

05/04/2013 - 12:07pm

An analysis of published evidence in the online journal BMJ Open has found a link between male pattern baldness and an increased risk of coronary heart disease.

This link is only relevant for balding on the top or crown of the head, rather than at the front, the analysis indicated, with a receding hairline not linked to an increased risk.

Researchers looked through Medline and the Cochrane Library databases for research published on coronary heart disease and male pattern baldness - with six meeting eligibility criteria and included in the analysis.

04/04/2013 - 1:39pm

Are you considering taking out private health cover? Then it's essential that you know which questions to ask your potential health fund to ensure that your health insurance plan caters to your medical and financial needs.

Written by: Suzanne Still
04/04/2013 - 12:58pm

Keeping track of your children's immunisation dates can be quite the mission, but NSW Health has made it easier for parents with an innovative app that will help them to get their kids fully immunised on time.

It's noted that around 90 per cent of children aged one and two in NSW are fully immunised but 95 per cent of coverage is needed for 'effective' disease control.

03/04/2013 - 12:38pm

If you are considering taking out health insurance, then it's important to know the type of cover that you're after.

There are two types of private health insurance, with hospital policies covering you when you go to hospital and general treatment policies - also known as extras or ancillary - covering you for ancillary treatment (such as dental or physiotherapy).

03/04/2013 - 11:08am

The past few weeks may have had you thinking more about the extent of your family's health care with the rise of health insurance premiums, but parents will be given more to think about with the introduction of a new combination vaccine.

From July 1, Australian children will only need one needle at 18 months to be fully protected from measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox.

02/04/2013 - 12:11pm

Just before the health insurance premium increase came into effect yesterday (April 1) the Private Health Insurance Ombudsman (PHIO) published its annual State of the Health Funds Report (the Report) on March 28.

Written by: Jethro Still
28/03/2013 - 3:17pm

The Private Health Insurance Ombudsman (PHIO) has listed asking your doctor for an estimate of fees before receiving treatment as one of their ten golden rules of private health insurance.

"Wherever practical, doctors should provide information to their patients about fees for any proposed treatment and should be prepared to discuss their charges before providing their services," the PHIO states.

Written by: Suzanne Still
27/03/2013 - 2:15pm

Results from the Australian Health Survey give an important insight into the actions people take in relation to their health, said director of health at the Australian Bureau of Statistics Louise Gates, in order to understand how to "better prevent illness and injury".

Over half of us regularly checked our skin for changes in freckles or moles in 2011-12 period, according to results released yesterday (March 26) from the Australian Health Survey.

27/03/2013 - 2:13pm

If you have health insurance, you should be aware by now of the private health insurance premium increases that will take place from April 1.

Premiums may increase for various reasons including when hospital, medical or other health related costs rise and if members have increased use of health services.

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