C how it cuts blood sugar

Vitamin C could help sufferers of type 2 diabetes reduce blood sugar levels, according to a new Victorian study. The Deakin University study, carried out over 10 years, shows that taking vitamin C could help more than one million Australians with type 2 diabetes reduce their blood sugar levels, with participants experiencing a 36 per […]

Heat-not-burn is smoke and mirrors

Heated tobacco devices, vaping and traditional cigarettes are all toxic to human lung cells, says a new study.[1] The study, led by Dr Pawan Sharma, a researcher at the University of Technology Sydney and the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, Sydney, suggests the new heat-not-burn devices that heat solid tobacco instead of an e-liquid, are […]

Diabetes research funds grow

Federal government funding of $54.5 million will support research into type 1 diabetes with the aim of helping scientists to find a cure for the disease. Federal Minister for Health Greg Hunt says the funding will include $29.5 million for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s clinical research into type 1 diabetes, and $25 million awarded […]

Women’s unknown killer

Heart disease kills three times more Australian women than breast cancer but women don’t know it. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for Australian women. Every day, 22 Australian women die, with more than 48,000 hospitalised each year, as a result of heart disease. Yet women are largely unaware of and surprised about […]

Error prevention paramount

 A request from the Victorian Coroner following a dispensing error that contributed to the death of an elderly patient has led to the development of a course dedicated to minimising dispensing errors in pharmacies. The Pharmacy Guild says minimising the risk of errors is an important part of the dispensing process and pharmacists are required […]

Stop septuagenarian shingles

Shingles can strike at any time and may be particularly devastating for the elderly, so healthcare professionals are reminded that funded vaccination protection is available for those aged over 70 years. Despite the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee’s recent rejection of an application for reimbursement related to the new shingles vaccine, Shingrix, pharmacists have been advised […]

New Psoriasis drugs on PBS

The PBS listing of two of 2 biologic medications for severe psoriasis was announced overnight by Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt. The estimated 19,000 Australian adults living with severe chronic plaque psoriasis will welcome the additions, available on the PBS for those who meet the reimbursement criteria. From Feb 1st, Ilumya, (tildrakizumab) from Sun pharma […]

Asthma action plans

With an expected tripling of asthma cases as children return to school after the holidays, pharmacists can play a key role by asking parents if they have up-to-date ‘asthma action plans’ for their kids. The National Asthma Council Australia has issuing a warning in anticipation of the surge in hospital emergency department visits and asthma […]

Life Checks launched

Millions of Australians are being asked to take a free online Life Check with the launch of a new government website this week. The Life Check website is part of the government’s ‘More choices for a longer life’ initiative intended to help Australians live longer, better lives. Currently, 10 million Australians aged 45 and over […]

Getting behind cancer test

A grant of $553,196 has been awarded to fund research that could improve the survival and recovery rates of colorectal cancer patients. The research will use the pioneering ‘Colvera’ blood test in patients who have already had bowel cancer. Principal Medical Scientist and Team Leader of the Bowel Health Service at Adelaide’s Flinders Medical Centre […]