The Health News Australia October 11 2017

  • Some Australian cancer sufferers have been given renewed hope, with the Turnbull government subsidising a life-changing new medicine for leukaemia and lymphoma patients. The drug – also known as Imbruvica – normally costs $187,390 per course of treatment, and the PBS listing will cost $466 million. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the price of the drug Ibrutinib would drop by more than $187,000 to $38.80 per script or or $6.30 for concessional patients.
  • Victoria has raised its thunderstorm asthma warming to “moderate” for the first time since early detection systems were introduced this month. The state’s health department on Sunday declared “a moderate risk for epidemic thunderstorm asthma” over the next three days in the North Central, Northern Country and Central forecast districts, which includes Melbourne.
  • Instagram is a social media app used to share pictures to followers and has filters which users can easily apply to improve how their photographs look. Research published earlier this year by the United Kingdom’s Royal Society for Public Health ranked Instagram the worst social media platform for young people’s health and wellbeing.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 11th of  October 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto. Health News

http://www.9news.com.au/health/2017/10/09/07/40/new-hope-for-cancer-sufferers-as-drug-gets-187-000-price-drop

Some Australian cancer sufferers have been given renewed hope, with the Turnbull government subsidising a life-changing new medicine for leukaemia and lymphoma patients. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today announced the price of the drug Ibrutinib would drop by more than one hundred eighty seven thousand dollars to thirty eight point eighty dollars per script  or six point thirty dollars for concessional patients, when it is listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme or PBS from December. The drug – also known as Imbruvica – normally costs one hundred eighty seven thousand three hundred ninety dollars per course of treatment, and the PBS listing will cost four hundred sixty six million dollars.
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Professor Stephen Mulligan, who was involved in the clinical trials, said previously there were very few other options.”This new drug really has revolutionised the outlook for these patients with a very marked improvement in their overall survival and wellbeing,” he said. It’s estimated the announcement will put the drug within reach of more than nine hundred twenty Australians each year. The announcement came a day after the approval of an updated Gardasil vaccine for all boys and girls aged twelve and thirteen years, to protect against cervical cancer. The improved vaccine will protect recipients against nine strains of human papillomavirus, instead of the current four, and prevents ninety percent of the virus strains that contribute to cervical cancer.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/oct/08/victoria-raises-thunderstorm-asthma-warning-to-moderate

Victoria has raised its thunderstorm asthma warning to “moderate” for the first time since early detection systems were introduced this month. The state’s health department on Sunday declared “a moderate risk for epidemic thunderstorm asthma” over the next three days in the North Central, Northern Country and Central forecast districts, which includes Melbourne.
Epidemic thunderstorm asthma is thought to be triggered by a unique combination of high grass pollen levels and a certain type of thunderstorm, causing a large number of people to develop asthma symptoms over a short period of time. “This can become very severe, very quickly and many people may require medical help at the same time,” according to the Victorian emergency services.

The new warning system was introduced in response to the world’s largest epidemic thunderstorm asthma event in Victoria in November two thousand sixteen, when nine people died and thousands developed breathing difficulties. Nearly ten thousand people presented at hospital emergency departments on November twenty one and twenty two. Up to forty percent had never been diagnosed with asthma.
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People with asthma or undiagnosed asthma are most at risk of thunderstorm asthma, as well as those who suffer from spring hay fever who may or may not have had asthma. Asthma Australia recommends vulnerable people have an asthma action plan and carry reliever medication. There have been six epidemic thunderstorm asthma events in Melbourne since nineteen eighty. They typically occur during the grass pollen season which is October to December in Victoria.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-07/instagram-addiction-rising-issue-in-australia/9024890

Charlotte Meagher has had an Instagram account since she was thirteen. She’s now sixteen and believes the social media app has changed the way children live their lives. “It made me feel like every single time I went out I’d have to take a picture or I’d have to put it on Instagram,” she said. The Perth teenager said the pressure to document her every move was driven by a fear that if her leisure time wasn’t splashed all over social media it was worthless.
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Instagram is a social media app used to share pictures to followers and has filters which users can easily apply to improve how their photographs look. Charlotte said wanting to be “thin enough” for Instagram pictures would often see her reduce the amount of food she ate.
She added: “They don’t see the feeling, that horrible sickening feeling when you’ve eaten crap that entire week and the last thing you want is pictures to be taken of you.” Charlotte is still on Instagram but has found regular detoxes have helped her control the way the app makes her feel.

Research published earlier this year by the United Kingdom’s Royal Society for Public Health ranked Instagram the worst social media platform for young people’s health and wellbeing.
Butterfly Foundation for Eating Disorders chief executive Christine Morgan said she believed Instagram was particularly dangerous because it fostered conversations conducted almost entirely through images. Miss Morgan endorsed the concept of Instagram detoxes, saying it was crucial young people and their parents monitored their social media use. She added: “Monitor how you feel when you’re on it, monitor how it makes you feel and if it makes you feel pretty negative about yourself, stop, take a break, detox from it, just take a break.”

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