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January 2013 News

Written by: Suzanne Still
31/01/2013 - 3:46pm

For the first time scientists have derived and purified lens epithelium - an embryonic tissue from which the lens of the eye develops - bringing researchers from the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute at Monash University closer to finding a cure for congenital sight impairment caused by lens damage.

Associate Professor Tiziano Barberi said that this breakthrough would "eventually help" to cure visual impairment caused by severe damage to the lens or congenital cataracts.

Written by: Suzanne Still
31/01/2013 - 2:28pm

Children with cerebral palsy who were treated with an infusion of cord blood showed "significant improvements" in cognitive function and motor skills according to a study published in the clinical research journal Stem Cells.

Head of Research of the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, associate professor Iona Novak, commented that this is the "most important and promising" stem cell study in cerebral palsy published to date, and that it is the first possibility of a partial cure for the condition.

Written by: Edward Brewer
30/01/2013 - 3:27pm

A study released today (January 30) by the Sax Institute in NSW has found that men with erectile dysfunction - even those with minor difficulties - could be at higher risk of heart disease and have an increased risk of premature death from any cause.

The study, led by Professor Emily Banks, saw 95,000 Australian males participate in the Sax Institute's 45 and Up Study - and is the "world's largest look" at the link between heart disease and erectile dysfunction.

Written by: Suzanne Still
30/01/2013 - 3:24pm

The workplace can be a stressful setting for many people, but companies can put corporate health plans in place to help deal with some of the problems that may be plaguing staff.

Health issues such as diabetes and arthritis may be adding to the home and work stress of employees, so a business health insurance plan may help to lighten the burden.

Written by: Edward Brewer
29/01/2013 - 2:15pm

According to a study from American researchers, people could be in for more severe flu seasons that arrive earlier, as a result of climate change.

The study led by Sherry Towers of the Mathematical, Computational and Modeling Sciences Center at Arizona State University studied waves of influenza and climate patterns in the U.S. from the 1997-1998 season through to the present day.

Written by: Suzanne Still
29/01/2013 - 2:14pm

A report examining the prevalence, treatment and experience of arthritis in children aged from 0 to 15 has found that hospitalisation rates are increasing.

The report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), A snapshot of juvenile arthritis, indicated that in the decade from 2001-01 to 2009-10, hospitalisations for children with juvenile arthritis had "tripled".

Written by: Edward Brewer
25/01/2013 - 11:06am

Diabetes is Australia's fastest growing chronic disease, with nearly one million Australians diagnosed.

Diabetes Australia states that up to 60 per cent of cases of type 2 diabetes can be prevented, with a groundbreaking $4.8 million study aiming to help men most at risk of developing it.

The study is the first of its kind in the world which will look at the potential benefit of using testosterone supplements in conjunction with a weight-loss program to treat the men.

Written by: Suzanne Still
25/01/2013 - 11:05am

Up to 450 patients in WA are set to benefit from the cancer-fighting CyberKnife device each year, with health minister Kim Hames finalising the acquisition of the multi-million dollar system.

WA will be the only state in Australia to have the CyberKnife, with Dr Hames stating that it is renowned "world over" for its ability to treat some cancers and improve outcomes for some patients.

Written by: Jethro Still
24/01/2013 - 11:33am

Get the year off to a great start for your company and employees by choosing to get set up with a corporate health insurance plan.

You can establish your company as one that cares greatly for their employees, with staff retention becoming increasingly important as the job market becomes more competitive.

Written by: Edward Brewer
24/01/2013 - 11:33am

If you have recently welcomed a new baby to the family, you will know how important it is to look after their health and wellbeing.

Australian health insurance can help you to take care of your loved ones, with a family health insurance plan able to assist in providing the appropriate medical treatment and care.