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September 2012 News

Written by: Edward Brewer
29/09/2012 - 3:07pm

A new study has found that almost one in three Victorians aged 18 to 34 have unhealthy cholesterol levels and are at risk of facing an unhealthy future.

Heart Foundation Victoria's chief executive officer Kellie-Ann Jolly spoke at the launch of the Victorian Health Monitor Report on September 27, and said for the first time we can see the number of people in this age group with key risk factors of heart disease.

Written by: Suzanne Still
28/09/2012 - 3:08pm

Whip out your best pink lippy today (September 28) to raise awareness for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer in Australia.

Bright Pink Lipstick Day is an initiative organised by breast and ovarian health charity Pink Hope, encouraging women across the country to pucker up and share the positive message of the Pink Hope Community.

Even Australian men are getting in on the event with rugby league team the Manly Sea Eagles tweeting their support with a picture of their mascot wearing a bright pink lip shade.

Written by: Suzanne Still
28/09/2012 - 2:48pm

Spatial Processing Disorder (SPD) - a hearing problem that makes it difficult for some to understand what people say when there is background noise - affects around 18,000 Australian children.

The classroom is such an environment where this condition may have a profound impact on children with the hearing disorder.

Researchers at the National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL) have a solution to the problem, with the first known treatment for the condition in the form of a computer game, LiSn & Learn.

Written by: Jethro Still
28/09/2012 - 2:41pm

Have you got family health insurance in place to ensure that your loved ones receive the appropriate medical treatment and care?

NSW Health is urging people to make sure that their family members are properly immunised against measles after public health experts expressed concern about the "largest measles outbreak in more than a decade", with numbers continuing to climb.

Written by: Suzanne Still
27/09/2012 - 4:22pm

One of the biggest studies ever conducted with Australian women has found that they are not eating enough vegetables and are exercising less, with the study reporting that fewer women than ever are meeting healthy weight guidelines.

The report, Adherence to health guidelines: Findings from the ALSWH, was launched by federal minister for health Tanya Plibersek at the new HMRI building in Newcastle yesterday (September 26).

Written by: Jethro Still
27/09/2012 - 4:21pm

It's estimated that 298,000 Australians were suffering from dementia in 2011, with numbers predicted to rise by a third in 2020 a report released today (September 27) by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) revealed.

AIHW director and chief executive officer David Kalisch and president of Alzheimer's Australia Ita Buttrose launched the report today at the National Dementia Research Forum in Canberra.

Written by: Suzanne Still
26/09/2012 - 3:01pm

There is a one in 23 chance that by the age of 85 a female will be diagnosed with gynaecological cancer, with an average of 12 Australian women diagnosed with the disease each day.

A report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) and Cancer Australia on September 25, found that although gynaecological cancers are still a major cause of disease, survival prospects are improving.

Written by: Edward Brewer
26/09/2012 - 3:00pm

Dementia Awareness Week has launched for another year, with those in the Northern Territory urged to seek help from a doctor if they are concerned about their memory or that of a loved one.

With the NT marking Dementia Awareness Week from September 21 to 28, local community geriatrician Dr Michael Lowe said resources and services are available for people suffering from memory loss.

"Concerns about your memory and the possibility of having dementia can be very worrying for yourself and also your family and friends," Dr Lowe said.

Written by: Suzanne Still
25/09/2012 - 7:50am

Almost 280,000 Australians live with dementia, with numbers expected to soar to nearly one million by 2050 if there is no significant medical breakthrough.

Dementia is also Australia's third leading cause of death after heart disease and stroke, with Alzheimer's Australia (AA) running Dementia Awareness Week from September 21-28 to bring attention to the condition.

The term dementia covers a group of illnesses that cause a progressive decline in functioning skills, which include social skills, loss of memory, physical functioning, rationality and intellect.

Written by: Jethro Still
25/09/2012 - 7:49am

A record number of cancer screenings during the last few months will mean that more Tasmanian women are likely to survive breast and cervical cancer says minister for health Michelle O'Byrne.

Awareness campaigns throughout May and June has seen an increase in breast screening, with almost 700 women getting checked during July and August says Ms O'Byrne.

August had record numbers for the BreastScreen program, with nearly 3,000 women screening for breast cancer. There was also growth in women visiting their GPs for cervical cancer tests.