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January 2013 News

Written by: Jethro Still
23/01/2013 - 12:07pm

If you have counted improving your health and wellbeing among your New Year's resolutions for 2013, then you may want to consider getting private health cover.

Australian health insurance can help to ensure that you get appropriate treatment and care for your medical needs.

Written by: Suzanne Still
23/01/2013 - 12:06pm

The Australian government revealed figures yesterday (January 22) that indicated a steady increase in organ donation during 2012, resulting in more lives being saved through transplantation.

Parliamentary secretary for health and ageing Catherine King said that 2012 figures were 5 per cent higher than the previous year, with the national donation rate increasing by 38 per cent since 2009, when the Organ and Tissue Authority was established.

Written by: Suzanne Still
22/01/2013 - 11:58am

About 1,000 15 to 25 year olds are diagnosed with cancer in Australia each year, where it is the leading disease killer of young people in the country.

It can be a difficult time indeed for the young people affected, which is why CanTeen exists to help support, develop and empower youth who have cancer or have a parent or sibling with the disease.

A group of people aged from 13 to 30 have labelled themselves as 'Babewatch' and plan to take part in the Sydney ocean swim circuit to raise $40,000 for CanTeen.

Written by: Edward Brewer
22/01/2013 - 11:57am

More than half of Australians who take multivitamins are unaware that they are medicines, according to research released on January 18 by Canstar Blue.

In light of these findings, NPS MedicineWise is reminding people to be wary of this fact and that multivitamins may react with other medicines and food.

NPS MedicineWise adviser Dr Andrew Boyden said that people often think complementary medicines such as herbal remedies are less powerful than prescription medicines.

Written by: Suzanne Still
21/01/2013 - 1:36pm

Many Australians may experience what beyondblue chief executive officer Kate Carnell labels as the 'back to work blues', as they return to work after the summer holidays.

It's not only the return to work that may contribute to feeling the blues or experiencing stress, health problems may also add to the situation.

You can help your employees to get a great start to the year by employing business health plans in your company.

Written by: Edward Brewer
21/01/2013 - 1:31pm

NSW Health said that as of January 18, cases of listeria have been identified in Victoria, NSW, Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia, with two men dying and a woman miscarrying.

A further seven cases of listeria identified in the ongoing national investigation has linked the serious illness to soft cheeses.

Jindi manufactured cheeses has been identified, with the company voluntarily recalling its cheese products from all the batches manufactured until January 7.

Written by: Edward Brewer
18/01/2013 - 3:20pm

Mental illness is not the typical topic that you would be talking about around the watercooler, but your company can seek to help staff with their health and wellbeing.

Minister for mental health and ageing Mark Butler said that over a million Australian children live in a house where at least one parent has a mental illness.

Mr Butler said that these children are at "greater risk" of developing a mental health or substance abuse issue, launching a new DVD, Family Focus, on January 15 for parents with mental illness.

Written by: Suzanne Still
18/01/2013 - 3:20pm

Walking down a supermarket aisle, you're likely to spot muesli bars with the words 'healthy', 'natural' or 'good source of fibre' printed on the labels, but a new law effective today (January 18) will see a "clamp down" on voluntary health claims on food packets.

The new Australian laws will help guide consumers in making "more informed choices" about the food they buy, with health benefits overstated on products such as cereal bars, soft drinks and breakfast cereals.

Written by: Edward Brewer
17/01/2013 - 2:35pm

The recent heat and bushfires may have caused injured bats to find shelter in or near residential homes, prompting NSW Health to warn people about the dangers of handling bats.

Some residents have picked injured bats up in an attempt to help or rescue them, but this can pose the threat of the deadly Lyssavirus being passed on by scratches or bites.

Lyssavirus is rare in Australia, with director of Health Protection NSW Dr Jeremy McAnulty, advising people to avoid contact with all bats.

Written by: Edward Brewer
16/01/2013 - 3:29pm

New funding from the Department of Health and Ageing has allowed Monash University to roll out a program that will address delays in access to radiation treatment.

The program is aimed at reducing pressure on radiation oncologists, by "up-skilling" radiation therapists so they can become advanced practitioners.

The new role will allow procedures requiring advanced clinical skills to be performed on behalf of the radio oncologist, which will make for a more "efficient and streamlined" radiation therapy.