Get a check up for BPH!

Doctors are encouraging middle-aged Australian men to have their prostate checked. Their call coincides with an article published in [itals]MJA Insight[itals] this week, citing benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) – or benign enlargement of the prostate – can compromise a man’s quality of life and his relationships with his partner and family. According to the article’s […]

Call for hepatitis B national screening

Thousands of Australians developing serious liver complications from untreated hepatitis B could have their lives transformed if robust screening and follow-up – which is showing early signs of success in the Northern Territory – was rolled out nationally, according to Hepatitis Australia. Led by the Menzies School of Health Research, the NT program has provided […]

Dysphagia makes it hard to swallow costs

Dysphagia, or swallowing impairment, is a little-recognised medical problem inflicting a significant cost on health systems, according to researchers from Flinders University, Adelaide, who have found that people in hospital who have dysphagia need to stay in hospital for longer periods than those with the same diagnosis but without dysphagia, adding up to an extra […]

Legalise e-cigarettes: ARA

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) says a CSIRO report released this week indicates that the time has come to legalise nicotine e-cigarettes in Australia. The ‘E-cigarettes, smoking and health’ literature review indicates that e-cigarettes can assist some smokers in quitting traditional cigarettes, and provides evidence for a range of health improvements when conventional tobacco smokers […]

Lifetime Achievement Award

The work of Professor Jeffrey Cummings, a member of Sydney-based biotechnology company Actinogen Medical’s clinical advisory board, was recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the recent Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2018 in Chicago. The award is presented to honour individuals who have made a significant scientific contribution and lifetime commitment to progress the […]

TGA on ED and sunscreens

The TGA is asking consumers to consult their doctor ahead of buying medicines for erectile dysfunction (ED) from overseas websites. The organisation says there are no safety, quality or efficacy guarantees for medicines bought from overseas. Medicines for ED may contain the active ingredient sildenafil, tadalafil or vardenafil and can cause serious consequences if combined […]

Cannabis online tool

The TGA has introduced an online tool aimed at reducing the administrative burden on health practitioners applying for approval to prescribe unregistered medicines such as medicinal cannabis. The TGA says the pathway to prescribing medicinal cannabis legally for a patient, the Special Access Scheme Category B (SAS B) online system will allow doctors to apply […]

AF guidelines out

Australia’s first guidelines for the diagnosis and management of adult patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) have been released by the Heart Foundation and the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. The Foundation’s Chief Medical Adviser, cardiologist Professor Garry Jennings, says the guidelines are aimed at having a significant impact on Australians living with AF, […]

Free meningococcal vacs in Tas

The state government in Tasmania is extending the free vaccination program against meningococcal disease – and pharmacists can administer it to children. Under the broader program announced yesterday (July 26), eligible Tasmanians will receive a free meningococcal vaccine from either a GP, a pharmacist (for children aged 10 and older), special public clinics, or some […]

Just ask for hep C cures

The number of people receiving antiviral therapy to cure hepatitis C has sharply declined, prompting urgent appeals for more people living with the virus to come forward to be cured. A new analysis released by Hepatitis Australia, ahead of World Hepatitis Day tomorrow (July 28), identifies three phases for the average uptake of hepatitis C […]