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October 2012 News

Written by: Suzanne Still
31/10/2012 - 3:41pm

Australian children are said to be doing well in terms of health and wellbeing, according to a report released today (October 31) by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) - but there is 'room for improvement for some'.

The report, A picture of Australia's children 2012, indicates that the prevalence of asthma among children has dropped and that infants and children's death rates have halved since 1986.

The rates of drinking and smoking in children aged 12 to 14 have also reduced with smoking in households with children dropping also.

Written by: Edward Brewer
31/10/2012 - 3:39pm

Breakthroughs in children's health research can lead to finding better treatments for diseases and illnesses, but this life-saving research needs money to continue.

You can help to raise funds for children's health research by gathering your workmates together, lacing up your runners and setting up the treadmill for the annual Foxtel Lap.

Workplaces all over the country get in on the event, participating in a ten hour challenge which involves a 20 people tag team exercising on the treadmill or spin bike to raise funds for the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.

Written by: Suzanne Still
30/10/2012 - 12:19pm

A national recall on raw almonds from Woolworths and a supermarket chain in Queensland, has prompted WA Health to urge people to check their pantry nut supplies.

Three Western Australians were affected by salmonella contamination, said WA Health medical epidemiologist Dr Gary Dowse, and were linked batches of Woolworths Almond Kernels with best before dates of 05/02/13, 06/04/13, 07/04/13, 12/04/13 and 09/03/13.

Written by: Jethro Still
30/10/2012 - 12:18pm

Around one in nine Australians - approximately 1.7 million - aged over 25 have at least one clinical sign of existing chronic kidney disease (CKD), such as reduced kidney function.

CKD is a growing health problem, with Kidney Health Australia stating that a person can lose up to 90 per cent of their kidney function before experiencing any symptoms.

Written by: Edward Brewer
29/10/2012 - 3:44pm

Obesity is a key risk factor in cardiovascular disease, holding many Australians at risk of the disease, with findings from the Australian Health Survey released today (October 29) indicating that nearly two thirds (63 per cent) are classified as overweight or obese.

The National Heart Foundation of Australia released a statement today stating that the data released by the ABS has confirmed the need to improve food supply in order to reduce deaths from cardiovascular disease.

Written by: Jethro Still
29/10/2012 - 3:02pm

New research published in the American Heart Association's journal Stroke, has found that stroke survivors who smoke are at greater risk of additional strokes, heart attack or death than those who have never smoked.

The study involved almost 1,600 stroke survivors between 1996 and 1999, and looked at the recurrent strokes and heart attacks, as well as the occurrence of deaths in a ten year period.

Smokers who suffered stroke had a 30 per cent greater risk of death, heart attack and additional strokes than those who had not smoked.

Written by: Suzanne Still
26/10/2012 - 2:38pm

The Australian Government's approval for 'new and extended listings' medicines on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) has meant that over 100,000 Australians will have better access to affordable medicines.

This move has meant the listing for aflibercept (Eylea®), a medicine treating age-related macular degeneration, has been extended as a result of the decision.

Written by: Edward Brewer
26/10/2012 - 2:37pm

People with chronic diseases and conditions were more likely to have poor dental health, a report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) revealed on October 23.

The Chronic conditions and oral health report found that people with chronic conditions such as heart disease, asthma, diabetes, cancer, kidney disease and stroke were more likely to have inadequate dentition (which makes it difficult to chew food), experience toothache and avoid particular foods due to oral health problems than those without a chronic condition.

Written by: Suzanne Still
25/10/2012 - 1:05pm

When getting ready to travel overseas there are many things that need to be taken care of, and this may include sorting out your health insurance premiums while you are away.

Some funds will allow you to suspend cover for the period that you are away if it is longer than one month.

It is recommended that you contact your health fund for details regarding membership suspension as they vary for different policies.

Written by: Edward Brewer
25/10/2012 - 1:04pm

Around 1600 people sit on the Australian organ transplant waiting lists, where on average people can wait anywhere between six months and four years.

Australia is said to be a 'world leader for successful transplant outcomes' by DonateLife, but is said to have the lowest donation rates in the developed world.

Minister for health and minister for medical research Jillian Skinner announced yesterday (October 24) that changes aimed at doubling the rates of organ donation in NSW have been 'signed into law'.