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December 2012 News

Written by: Jethro Still
21/12/2012 - 2:51pm

Christmas arrives in less than four days, with New Year's fast approaching - have you come up with your resolution yet?

Many people take a health and wellbeing-related approach to their goals for the year, with some opting to quit smoking, others determined to eat healthier and others still wanting to get more active and join the gym.

If your New Year's resolution is aimed at improving your health, then you might want to consider getting you and your family set up with Australian health insurance.

Written by: Suzanne Still
21/12/2012 - 2:49pm

The festive season is a time to celebrate the year that has been with your loved ones, and food is one way of bringing people together.

This is also when the barbecue is dusted off and sat on the deck, with summer a great time to hold parties and entertain friends.

In light of these gatherings, SA Health is encouraging people to 'prepare, cook and store food safely'.

Written by: Suzanne Still
21/12/2012 - 2:48pm

Australians are being urged by NSW Health to protect themselves against mosquito-borne diseases this Christmas.

"Mosquito activity increases in the warmer months and increases the danger of diseases such as Barmah Forest virus and Ross River virus which occurs particularly in rural, coastal and bush areas," said NSW Health director of health protection Dr Jeremy McAnulty.

Dr McAnulty said that steps should be taken to avoid exposure to mosquitoes, especially for people taking holidays around country, coastal and bush areas.

Written by: Suzanne Still
20/12/2012 - 12:11pm

The Christmas period is often billed as the silly season, and around this time many accidents can happen, with many children often falling off new bikes or skateboards.

A report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) and the NSW Commission for Children and Young People on December 17, found that more than 23,000 children and young people in NSW were hospitalised due to injury between 2009 and 2010.

Written by: Edward Brewer
20/12/2012 - 12:10pm

Corporate health plans can be essential to have in the workplace, ensuring that staff get the appropriate medical treatment and care.

In the lead up to Christmas, many Australian workers may be feeling the stress of meeting end-of-the-year deadlines, shopping for their families and organising festivities.

beyondblue has created new online programs for workers at their wits' end, helping them to 'understand and tackle depression and anxiety in the workplace'.

Written by: Edward Brewer
19/12/2012 - 2:16pm

National Stroke Foundation chief executive officer Dr Erin Lalor said that for $3 per Australian, per year, we can begin to "improve stroke care, reduce the death and reduce the disability".

Dr Lalor launched a three-year, $198 million National Action Plan for Stroke yesterday (December 18), in response to concern about how stroke is managed in Australia.

Stroke is said to be Australia's second biggest killer, with Dr Lalor calling on the Australian government to fund the five key policy proposals outlined in the National Action Plan.

Written by: Suzanne Still
19/12/2012 - 2:15pm

The festive season is a time for friends and family to gather together and celebrate the year that was, which may get many of us to thinking about our health and wellbeing.

A health insurance plan can help to ensure you and your loved ones get the appropriate treatment and care needed.

On December 19, the NSW health minister Jillian Skinner welcomed news that the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) had approved new rapid screening tests for HIV.

Written by: Suzanne Still
18/12/2012 - 11:42am

Around one in 75 Australians are said to be affected by bipolar disorder, an illness that affects the functioning of the brain so that the person experiences extreme moods that can be unpredictable.

Brain imaging technology was used by researchers from the Black Dog Institute and University of NSW to show that adolescents with a known genetic risk of bipolar disorder but with no clinical signs of the illness, have 'clear and quantifiable differences' in brain activity.

Written by: Edward Brewer
18/12/2012 - 11:40am

A study carried out by Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute researchers has found that the injection of a single gene (Tbx18) can make ordinary heart cells become replicas of 'highly specialised pacemaker cells'.

The research will be published in the January 8 issue of Nature Biotechnology, and is said to be a 'major step forward' in correcting failing and erratic heartbeats.

A private health insurance plan can help to ensure you and your loved ones get the appropriate medical treatment and care.

Written by: Suzanne Still
17/12/2012 - 2:42pm

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service has today (December 17) launched the Christmas and New Year 'Blood Blitz', which is designed to fill appointments in a time when usual donors will likely be on holiday.

An extra 25,000 blood donations are needed over this holiday period, to help boost supply for road trauma victims, patients undergoing emergency surgery and cancer patients.

The Blood Blitz will run until January 4, with the Blood Service highlighting Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve as the 'most concerning days' due to low appointment numbers.