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July 2013 News

31/07/2013 - 5:40pm

Australians who have survived heart attacks are the focus of a massive study led by the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute.

The results of this study have just been published in a report, Two Hearts One Future.

One of the most shocking pieces of information the report reveals is that the majority of people who live to see another day after suffering a heart attack underestimate how grave their risk is of having another.

Written by: Edward Brewer
30/07/2013 - 3:36pm

Australia's young men need to slip-slop-slap, reveals It's My Health, as they are most at risk of suffering from severe sunburn.

According to research published in the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, young men are not applying sunscreen when they spend summer weekends outdoors, especially at the beach.

Because of this, many become so sunburnt that they require hospitalisation.

Written by: Suzanne Still
30/07/2013 - 3:34pm

Type 1 Diabetes is one of the most common diseases among children in Australia.

It is predicted that, every day, approximately two children develop the condition. As it stands, there is no cure for Type 1 Diabetes. However, with the correct medical support and treatment, you can effectively manage this disease and carry on with your life.

29/07/2013 - 8:04pm

New data released by the National Health Performance Authority (NHPA) on Thursday (July 25) reveals that over half of Australia's public hospitals have recorded improvements during the March 2013 quarter.

This will be welcomed by anyone with or contemplating taking out a health insurance policy.

The NHPA was established as part of the government's national health reform agenda, its purpose being to make sure all Australians have access to information about how our health system is performing.

26/07/2013 - 3:36pm

On Tuesday (July 23), the government launched the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan.

This promises to help close the gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and Australia's wider population in terms of health issues.

The plan has been welcomed by a range of health organisations, including the Australian Medical Association (AMA) and the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA).

26/07/2013 - 3:35pm

It isn't just the royal family who are welcoming a new addition.

The Royal Darwin Hospital, which is already the largest teaching hospital in the Northern Territory, is expecting a new addition of its own.

Plans are underway that will see its patient and surgical capacity expanded.

Robyn Lambley, health minister in the Northern Territory, announced yesterday (July 25) that the multi-million dollar contract for this project had been awarded, and construction was set to begin next month.

Written by: Suzanne Still
23/07/2013 - 4:34pm

The government's plain-packaged tobacco reforms are doing their job, according to a recent study conducted by the Department of Health and Ageing.

The study, which involved over 500 smokers, revealed that those purchasing plain-packaged tobacco felt the cigarettes were of a lower quality and less satisfying than they were a year ago (before the reforms were introduced).

They were also more likely to have thought about quitting.

Written by: Edward Brewer
23/07/2013 - 4:32pm

The Victorian government is launching two brand-new Academic Health Science Centres to help the state carry on with its world-leading medical research.

David Davis, Victoria's minister for health, today (July 23) opened the Monash Partners Academic Health Science Centre in Melbourne.

He said Melbourne is respected around the globe for its medical research, and is regarded as a front-runner in the areas of science and innovation.

About one-third of Australia's medical and research companies are located in Melbourne.

22/07/2013 - 5:20pm

Guidelines are needed to ensure popular cosmetic procedures, such as "injectables" and "fillers", are better regulated, says the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Dr Geoff Lyons, president of the ASPS, said his main concern about such procedures is that the public seems to think they are "not hazardous and therefore low risk".

This is incorrect, he explained. They are still real medical procedures and should be treated as such.

19/07/2013 - 4:11pm

Work-related stress is a common problem in Australia.

In fact, according to the Better Health Channel, it is the second most common compensated illness.

That's why Lifeline Australia organises Stress Down Day. This annual event is all about having fun and fundraising for a worthy cause.

Lifeline provides over-the-phone support to those suffering from mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression and loneliness, as well as work-related stress.