Australia Health
'Heat was ruled out' in NightQuarter vendor heart attack
Queensland schoolgirl fights aggressive 10kg cancer
Australian Open 2018: Stan Wawrinka in doubt with fitness concerns
Can I prevent food allergies in my kids?
More and more Australians are raiding their superannuation to pay health bills
Opioid errors add to suffering of ill patients - study
Machete used in armed robbery at Perth pharmacy
2018-01-19 08:24:36 Police are on the hunt for an armed robber who threatened staff at a Perth pharmacy with a machete on Thursday night. The man entered the Arnisdale Road shop in Duncraig about 7.30pm with his face covered and armed with a machete, which he threatened workers with. He fled with prescription medication in a small car. Police said the man was in his mid-20s, about 170-180cm tall, with a medium build and blonde hair   Read More ...
Peter Ilbery, pioneer in field of bone marrow transplants
2018-01-19 06:37:41 Peter Ilbery flew Bristol Beaufighters during the Second World War, making regular attacks on German shipping. After the war he retrained, studying medicine and undertaking radiological research, which led to the development of bone marrow transplants in humans. Born in 1923, the third son of William Sawers Ilbery and Beth Jewell Mayhew, a farming family from Narrogin in the WA wheat belt, he grew up in Neutral Bay in Sydney   Read More ...
Concern over climate change linked to depression, anxiety: study
2018-01-19 06:36:45 Depression and anxiety are afflicting Americans who are concerned at the fate of the environment, according to a study of the mental health effects of climate change. Those hit hardest are women and people with low incomes who worry about the planet's long-term health, said the study published this week in the journal Global Environmental Change. Symptoms include restless nights, feelings of loneliness and lethargy   Read More ...
Canberra Hospital youth mental health services expands from five to seven days
2018-01-17 14:17:38 Child and adolescent mental health patients can now see specialised clinicians on weekends, after a $1.6 million boost to the Canberra Hospital service. ACT Mental Health Minister Shane Rattenbury said the weekend assessment service will complement a new inpatient mental health unit for children and teenagers, planning for which is currently under way. The service went from five to seven days after after a recent recruitment drive to boost the number of metal health professionals in Canberra   Read More ...
NSW ranked worst for healthcare costs and access, international comparison shows
2018-01-17 14:16:27 NSW has been ranked the worst for healthcare affordability among older patients in the latest survey that pits Australia's most populous state against international health systems. The results released on Thursday showed a larger proportion of NSW patients 65 and older struggled with their medical costs than their counterparts in Australia overall and 10 other OECD countries. NSW. NSW fared worst when it came to the percentage of respondent who said they had problems paying their medical bills (15 per cent), compared to just 1 per cent in Sweden and 10 per cent in the US, found the survey of 24,000 people including 1175 in NSW   Read More ...
Husband’s heartbreaking final letter to wife who died from cancer
2018-01-17 12:07:27 Laura Vickery, 29, from Bath in the UK, died in hospital on Sunday morning with husband Sam by her side. Sam says he is now facing a life without his “soulmate, lover, best friend and favourite person in the whole world”. In the letter he describes how Laura took her last breath moments after he “kissed her on her forehead and told her it was okay to let go”   Read More ...
Jarrod Lyle dreams of golfing return after stem-cell transplant in third leukaemia battle
2018-01-17 07:00:52 Resting in an apartment near his Melbourne hospital in the midst of a third battle with acute myeloid leukaemia, Jarrod Lyle doesn't shy away from describing the reality of his situation. "This is my last chance," he says, shortly after swallowing down the last of his morning dose of 10 or so tablets. In July last year, the 36-year-old golfing professional discovered the acute myeloid leukaemia he had twice overcome had returned   Read More ...
Running preserves bone marrow, wards off osteoporosis: Australian study
2018-01-17 06:37:10 An Australian study has found regular running can protect bone marrow from the effects of ageing. The Deakin University study, published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research this week, found regular long-distance runners – those who run at least 50km a week – displayed bone marrow eight years "younger" than those who did not perform regular exercise. Researchers projected that, for every 9km a person regularly ran each week, their bone marrow was one year younger   Read More ...
Early menopause linked to heart disease and stroke
2018-01-16 14:14:48 Women who go through early menopause are at higher risk of heart disease and stroke, research has shown. A study, led by the University of Oxford, also found a strong link between women's reproductive health and the risks of cardiovascular problems. The data suggests that women who began their periods early, had pregnancy complications such as stillbirth, or needed a hysterectomy were also more likely to develop heart issues   Read More ...
Man rips hole in his throat trying to stifle sneeze
2018-01-16 02:07:51 The next time you feel your nose start to tickle, don't hold back. That's the advice from doctors after a British man ripped a hole in his throat trying to stifle a powerful sneeze. Sneeze injury key points Key points: Man plugged both nostrils and clamped mouth shut, but the force of the sneeze ruptured his throat Doctors say the injury is very rare, but warn against blocking both nostrils to stifle a sneeze Suppressing sneezes can also injure eyes, chest, ears, Australian specialist says The 34-year-old man attempted to suppress a sneeze by clamping his mouth shut and blocking both nostrils, but the resulting force perforated his pharynx, the part of the throat just above the larynx and oesophagus, according to a case report in The BMJ published today   Read More ...
Scientists find 'good' cholesterol could increase risk of eye disease
2018-01-15 13:14:05 Queensland researchers have found a “good” cholesterol could increase the risk of eye disease as part of a large-scale study into the associations between modifiable health risks and common diseases. A University of Queensland research team pioneered a method of identifying disease risk after they gathered genetic data from world-wide large-scale studies of 400,000 people and assessed associations between health risk factors and common diseases   Read More ...
'Heat was ruled out' in NightQuarter vendor heart attack
2018-01-15 07:08:16 Sunday’s extreme heat had nothing to do with the heart attack a stall vendor suffered at a popular Gold Coast market, leaving her fighting for life in hospital, according to the precinct director. The 45-year-old woman was rushed to hospital in a critical condition from the NightQuarter in Helensvale about 4pm on Saturday. She had been working at a gift shop within the precinct   Read More ...
Life without a stomach: Jemma's unfathomable decision made in the nick of time
2018-01-15 06:09:13 It was a bizarre experience, Jemma Caprioli explains, having to admit herself to Royal North Shore Hospital when she was neither sick nor injured. Two weeks later she would be discharged, without her stomach. The 30-year-old had a prophylactic gastrectomy to avoid developing rare and aggressive cancer that killed 12 members of her family. An inherited mutation of her CDH1 gene meant Ms Caprioli had an 80 per cent risk of developing hereditary diffuse gastric cancer (HDGC)   Read More ...
Life without a stomach: Jemma's unfathomable decision made in the nick of time
2018-01-14 15:10:11 It was a bizarre experience, Jemma Caprioli explains, having to admit herself to Royal North Shore Hospital when she was neither sick nor injured. Two weeks later she would be discharged, without her stomach. The 30-year-old had a prophylactic gastrectomy to avoid developing rare and aggressive cancer that killed 12 members of her family. An inherited mutation of her CDH1 gene meant Ms Caprioli had an 80 per cent risk of developing hereditary diffuse gastric cancer (HDGC)   Read More ...
Office of mental health will be worth the wait: minister
2018-01-13 14:08:27 The ACT government is on track to have an office of mental health running by July after hiring a consultant to design and develop it. Before the 2016 election the government promised to start work on the office within the first 100 days. But it came under fire this year when it was not established almost a year after the election   Read More ...
After one for the ages, Australian Open now a fitness test
2018-01-13 06:23:29 Melbourne: With Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic among the walking wounded and Serena Williams already deciding not to defend her title, injuries and absentees have been the focus of attention ahead of the Australian Open. That’s not bothering Roger Federer, who is returning as defending champion just 12 months after entering the season-opening Grand Slam tournament seeded 17th and uncertain of his prospects after six months off the tour with an injured left knee   Read More ...
Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle takes big step in third battle with cancer
2018-01-13 05:41:58 Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle has taken a huge step forward in his fight against a third bout of acute myeloid leukemia. Victorian Lyle, 36, who had a stem cell transplant from his brother Lleyton in December, today announced that the operation had been successful with a 100 per cent graft. The former PGA Tour player has twice beaten cancer, as a teenager in Shepparton in 1999 and again in 2012   Read More ...
BRCA carriers have same chances of surviving breast cancer as those without the mutations, study shows
2018-01-13 05:37:42 On Tuesday, 30-year-old Jessica Braude will undergo a bilateral mastectomy. It's been a little over a year since she was told she carried one of the high risk breast cancer gene mutation BRCA2 , over six months since she was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, and a few weeks since she finished the last of a gruelling 16 weeks of chemotherapy   Read More ...
Queensland schoolgirl fights aggressive 10kg cancer
2018-01-13 05:16:37 A BRAVE Hervey Bay schoolgirl is enduring a fight well beyond her years after doctors discovered a 10kg tumour in her stomach. Cherish-Rose Lavelle, 11, was rapidly losing weight with no explanation when her concerned mother took her to her doctor. Within hours she was transferred to Hervey Bay Hospital for treatment before being flown to Brisbane, the reports. The large size of the mass was so rare that doctors initially thought she may have been pregnant   Read More ...
How Jonathan King founded mental health startup Lysn after realising his initial goal was too ambitious
2018-01-12 07:16:51 The vision for mental telehealth startup Lysn started out big and ambitious: to create an online allied health hospital for patients and clinics alike to helping facilitate care for rural and regional patients. But first-time startup founder and medical doctor Jonathan King quickly realised his goal was a bit too hairy and audacious. “As much as it would be a great and altruistic goal to have an online hospital to facilitate accessible and affordable healthcare, once we got our head around it we realised we’d be spreading ourselves too thin,” he told StartupSmart   Read More ...
After one for the ages, Australian Open now a fitness test
2018-01-12 06:41:01 MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — With Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic among the walking wounded and Serena Williams already deciding not to defend her title, injuries and absentees have been the focus of attention ahead of the Australian Open. That's not bothering Roger Federer, who is returning as defending champion just 12 months after entering the season-opening Grand Slam tournament seeded 17th and uncertain of his prospects after six months off the tour with an injured left knee   Read More ...
After one for the ages, Australian Open now a fitness test
2018-01-12 06:35:25 MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — With Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic among the walking wounded and Serena Williams already deciding not to defend her title, injuries and absentees have been the focus of attention ahead of the Australian Open. That's not bothering Roger Federer, who is returning as defending champion just 12 months after entering the season-opening Grand Slam tournament seeded 17th and uncertain of his prospects after six months off the tour with an injured left knee   Read More ...
Tamper-resistant pain killers doing little to curb opioid abuse in Australia
2018-01-12 00:11:19 The introduction of strong pain killers that can't be crushed or dissolved has done little to tackle Australia's opioid epidemic, a study has found. Key points: Making opioids tamper-resistant hasn't stopped increases in opioid misuse More people are becoming dependent after being prescribed the drugs for pain Experts want more access to non-drug treatments for pain patients Amid concerns about rising rates of opioid addiction and misuse, in 2014 high-strength oxycodone tablets — known as OxyContin — were reformulated to make them tamper-proof so that patients couldn't inject, snort, chew or smoke them   Read More ...
Australian teenagers turn their backs on 'uncool' alcohol
2018-01-11 22:14:18 Today's teenagers are turning their backs on Australia's excessive drinking culture, and shunning other drugs, in a change that has been dubbed a modern "youth revolution". A study involving more than 41,000 Australian adolescents (average age 13.5) has observed a staggering drop in rates of teen alcohol consumption and smoking since 1999. At the turn of the century, almost 70 per cent of surveyed teenagers had already drunk alcohol   Read More ...
Dolly Everett: Mental health experts call for parents of bullies to talk to their children
2018-01-11 22:13:57 As the devastating effects of bullying are felt in the most dreadful way by one family, elsewhere another family, or perhaps more than one, is dealing with the knowledge their child was involved in the bullying that contributed to Amy 'Dolly' Everett taking her own life. Many voices have called for action to stop bullying, but what does that mean when you are the parent of a bully? Dolly's family are holding a service today in the Northern Territory to celebrate the 14-year-old's life, and have called on anyone who was involved in causing her distress to attend to see the fallout   Read More ...
Mum shares heartbreaking photo of terminally ill daughter and father
2018-01-11 20:36:32 A FLORIDA mum has shared a heartbreaking photo of her terminally ill daughter and father, after discovering they would likely die within weeks of each other. A US mum has taken to social media to share a harrowing photo showing her terminally ill daughter and father in hospital. The tragic photo shows the dying grandfather crying next to his sick five-year-old granddaughter   Read More ...
Australian teenagers turn their backs on 'uncool' alcohol
2018-01-11 14:13:52 Today's teenagers are turning their backs on Australia's excessive drinking culture, and shunning other drugs, in a change that has been dubbed a modern "youth revolution". A study involving more than 41,000 Australian adolescents (average age 13.5) has observed a staggering drop in rates of teen alcohol consumption and smoking since 1999. At the turn of the century, almost 70 per cent of surveyed teenagers had already drunk alcohol   Read More ...
Flu kills 48 this winter with 24 people killed in just one week as Aussie flu sweeps Britain
2018-01-11 11:35:18 There were 24 flu-related deaths in the last week of 2017, taking the total number of flu-related deaths to 48 so far this winter, official figures from Public Health England show. The country has been gripped by Aussie flu and experts are warning the illness could be more severe than the Swine flu pandemic, which killed almost 300,000 people. Aussie flu has tripled the usual number of cases of flu in the UK after the strain hit Australia during its winter   Read More ...
Obesity experts slam slurpees for their staggering sugar content
2018-01-11 07:07:20 Fast food chains and convenience stores spend millions marketing slurpees towards young people, but some of these drinks contain almost half an entire week’s recommended maximum sugar intake. LiveLighter and Rethink Sugary Drink, an alliance of 18 Australian health agencies, have teamed up to launch the ‘Don’t Be Sucked In’ campaign, warning that some large-size frozen drinks contain as much as 20   Read More ...
Selective schooling harmed my mental health
2018-01-11 06:13:56 The NSW Department of Education is conducting a review of selective schools. The minister favours opening them up to local enrolments to make them more inclusive. The equity benefits of this have been highlighted but my experience suggests if it also reduces the "pressure cooker" effect of selective schools and promotes a more realistic view of ATAR results, it may be beneficial for the mental health of students   Read More ...
What are antioxidants? And are they truly good for us?
2018-01-11 02:10:17 Antioxidants seem to be everywhere; in superfoods and skincare, even chocolate and red wine. Products that contain antioxidants are marketed as essential for good health, with promises to fight disease and reverse ageing. But are they really as good for us as we’re led to believe? What are antioxidants? The term antioxidant covers a wide range of molecules (atoms bound together by chemical bonds) that protect other molecules from a chemical process called oxidation   Read More ...
Not all doctors agree my patient deserved his kidney transplant. They're wrong
2018-01-10 22:13:35 Just before Christmas 2016, a 68-year old man received a kidney transplant, one of 1091 Australians that year. However, as an Aboriginal Australian, he was one of only six over the age of 65 to receive a kidney transplant in the past 20 years. In fact, he was the second-oldest ever. Should my patient have received a kidney? Many of my kidney specialist colleagues apparently don't think so   Read More ...
Functional social media campaigns, not #fitspo, inspire women to be fit: study
2018-01-10 18:18:11 New Australian research has found that, while traditional "fitspiration" images do little to inspire women to lead healthier lifestyles, social media content that focuses on the act of exercising as a benefit in itself is more effective. The research, jointly conducted by Flinders University, the University of the Sunshine Coast and Melbourne's Burnet Institute, found images that encouraged functional fitness had a more positive impact on women's wellbeing and intent to exercise than images which showed aspirational bodies   Read More ...
Spiderwebs inspire new device which could replace insulin injections for type 1 diabetics
2018-01-10 09:09:31 Spiderwebs and the way water collects on their silk have inspired a team of researchers to create a device which could revolutionise the management of type 1 diabetes. For approximately 130,000 Australians who live with the auto-immune disease, a daily insulin injection is a matter of life or death. The research team from Cornell University in New York believes an implanted device - holding stem cell-derived, insulin-producing cells known as islets - could potentially replace insulin injections   Read More ...
Australian Open 2018: Stan Wawrinka in doubt with fitness concerns
2018-01-10 07:05:44 STAN Wawrinka’s hopes of contesting Monday’s Australian Open remain clouded amid reports the Swiss will withdraw from Wednesday night’s Tie Break Tens at Melbourne Park. The triple grand slam champion warned on Tuesday he would bypass the Australian Open unless there is “zero risk” of jeopardising long-term goals as he recovers from knee surgery. Wawrinka has been practising in Melbourne for a week and is scheduled to ramp up his Open preparation in a first-to-10 points clash with Austrian Dominic Thiem on Margaret Court Arena on Wednesday night   Read More ...
This bad sleep habit is making you miserable
2018-01-10 07:05:35 Researchers at Binghamton University in New York State have discovered a link between disordered sleep and intrusive, repetitive thoughts. The scientists believe these thought patterns can lead to mental health issues like anxiety, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder. According to their research, sleep-deprived people have a harder time turning away from “negative stimuli” — meaning that they’re likelier to fixate on negative situations, thoughts and feelings   Read More ...
Can I prevent food allergies in my kids?
2018-01-10 04:08:47 With the rise in food allergies over the past 10 to 20 years, parents are understandably concerned about what — if anything — can be done to reduce the chances of their child developing a food allergy. Expectant mums often ask whether there's anything they should eat, or avoid eating, to reduce the risk of food allergy in their child. In the past, some guidelines recommended mums avoid eating "allergenic" foods (foods that commonly cause reactions in individuals with food allergy) during pregnancy and breastfeeding   Read More ...
Caring teachers can make a difference on mental health of Australia's youth
2018-01-09 23:11:36 The Australian government recently announced that funding will be provided for teachers to access mental health programs. The need for this is as clear as the stats: we know that one in seven young Australians live with a mental health condition at any one time (that's more than 500,000 young people), and the number of deaths by suicide in young Australians is now at its highest in 10 years[1]   Read More ...
Body's 'postal system' may be key to fighting serious disease: study
2018-01-09 18:20:08 A new Australian study has shown muscles and other organs communicate to each other during exercise, paving the way for future research into how exercise may assist in fighting serious diseases. Researchers from Sydney's Garvan Institute of Medical Research have found that vesicles – tiny carriers of proteins and other molecular information in the bloodstream – are sent around the body in what they have termed a newly uncovered "postal system"   Read More ...
More and more Australians are raiding their superannuation to pay health bills
2018-01-08 23:05:27 and more Australians are raiding their superannuation to pay health bills THE rising cost of healthcare expenses is forcing Australians to raid their retirement savings early, with the trend increasing fivefold in as little as six years. AUSTRALIANS are increasingly dipping into their superannuation to pay for medical bills as healthcare expenses soar. About 15,000 Australians last year successfully drew out a total of more than $200 million to fund medical bills,reports   Read More ...