DOCTORS and scientists have launched another counterattack in the immunisation information war, unveiling an app today which puts “strong scientific evidence” supporting vaccination literally at GPs’ fingertips.
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PEOPLE living in remote rural areas are more than three times as likely to die from an avoidable cause as those in inner city areas, highlighting the disparity in how health services are shared across Australia, a new report shows.
PEOPLE may have been exposed to HIV and hepatitis B and C at a central Sydney hair clinic with poor hygiene practices, the NSW government has warned.
IN PATIENTS presenting with low back pain, a history of malignancy is the only ‘red flag’ sign that predicts cancer and warrants screening with diagnostic imaging, a new Australian study shows.
THE ABC Catalyst program on statins could result in as many as 2000 people having a heart attack and has driven 120,000 people to their GP to discuss their statins, according to a National Heart Foundation report.
A GP who maintained a sexual relationship with a highly vulnerable patient for five years – including having sex in his practice, in a motel while he was on-call and while she was admitted to a psychiatric clinic – has been labelled “reprehensible in the extreme”.
THE carbon tax is a burdensome drain on the health system and is costing hospitals an average of $120,000 per year, the federal government has claimed.
THE founder of a French firm whose faulty breast implants sparked a global health scare has been sentenced to four years in jail after being convicted of fraud.
A RURAL GP who defended her cannabis and painkiller abuse by asking “isn’t a doctor who poses a serious risk to patients better than no doctor at all?” will be allowed to have her registration suspension reviewed.
ALMOST one-fifth of the lung cancers detected by low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) appear to be indolent, new research from the US has shown.
MORE young people living with cancer will have access to counselling following an expansion of the CanTeen face-to-face, phone and online counselling services.
STATINS have again been shown to increase the risk of developing diabetes, by around a third in patients with impaired glucose tolerance compared with those not taking statins, a new international study shows.
THE rate of detention of young offenders may be dropping but those serving time in detention have a higher rate of substance dependence and poor mental health according to two new reports.
A POLIO vaccination campaign for 23 million children in the Middle East has been launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF after 17 cases were discovered in Syria.
ORDERING a burger and fries for dinner just became easier for residents in Western Sydney, with the introduction of home delivered McDonald’s.
MELBOURNE researchers have developed a world-first test that could help doctors detect if a baby is at risk of stillbirth.
ACTION should have been taken sooner in the case of a British five-year-old weighing 65kg who was taken into care by social workers, experts say.
THE time has come for Australian governments to follow a growing number of international jurisdictions in realising the potential benefits of legalised medicinal cannabis, experts have argued.
NEARLY 30,000 Victorians were hospitalised in a 12-month period due to the effects of excessive alcohol consumption, new data shows.
VITAMIN D doesn’t prevent ill health but is instead a consequence of it, according to the authors of a systematic review, casting strong doubt on the value of supplements to protect against cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.