The Health News Australia December 5 2017

  • New research from Australia has found that early psychosis is associated with deficiencies in vitamin B9 and vitamin D. Australian researchers have found a link between early psychosis and low levels of critical nutrients, particularly vitamin B9 (folate) and vitamin D. The researchers who led the study say the findings could contribute to new non-pharmaceutical, nutritional-based interventions being added to standard treatment.
  • Health fund members with extras are being urged to maximise their cover before it resets on January 1. Whether it be a dental check-up, physio appointment or getting your eyes tested, in many cases members will still have money left on their annual limits which allows them to get money back on claims made. Latest Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) statistics revealed more than $13.5 million Australians (about 55% of the population) have some form of extras cover.
  • New research presented at last month’s Clinical Oncology Society of Australia conference, shows that exercise during cancer treatment can reduce the risk of a patient dying from the disease, with physiotherapy lead programs specifically recommended. The evidence, included in the newly released Exercise in Cancer Care position statement also indicates that regular exercise would reduce the risk of cancer recurrence and result in fewer or less severe side effects when compared to people who did not exercise or performed less exercise.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 5th of December 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

https://healthtimes.com.au/hub/mental-health/37/news/aap/new-research-shows-psychosis-is-associated-with-nutrient-deficiencies/3054/

New research from Australia has found that early psychosis is associated with deficiencies in vitamin B nine and vitamin D. Australian researchers have found a link between early psychosis and low levels of critical nutrients, particularly vitamin B nine (folate) and vitamin D. The researchers who led the study, published in journal Schizophrenia Bulletin, say the findings could contribute to new non-pharmaceutical, nutritional-based interventions being added to standard treatment. Lead author Joseph Firth, a postdoctoral research fellow at the The National Institute of Complementary Medicine or NICM Health Research Institute at Western Sydney University said: “Although just one of many factors, it is important to recognise that nutritional deficiencies could certainly be contributing to the poor physical and mental health outcomes often observed in young people with psychosis.”

Researchers analysed twenty eight studies examining blood levels of six vitamins and ten minerals in two thousand six hundred twelve patients. All participants were assessed either immediately after presenting with psychotic disorders – such as schizophrenia – for the first time, prior to antipsychotic treatment, or within the early stages of treatment. Mister Firth said that the meta-analysis showed vitamin D and folate deficiencies, previously seen in long-term schizophrenia, existed right from the onset of illness and that it was associated with worse symptoms.

http://www.news.com.au/finance/money/budgeting/health-insurance-members-urged-to-use-extras-cover-before-2018/news-story/f9c109501d3691c3e690dc8821cc3a8b

Health fund members with extras are being urged to maximise their cover before it resets on January one. Whether it be a dental check-up, physio appointment or getting your eyes tested, in many cases members will still have money left on their annual limits which allows them to get money back on claims made. Latest Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) statistics revealed more than thirteen point five million Australians (about fifty five percent of the population) have some form of extras cover.

 

In the September quarter insurers paid back members significant amounts in extras claims — the average benefit paid back per dental visit was sixty four dollars, optical seventy five dollars, physiotherapy thirty five dollars and chiropractic thirty dollars. Medibank’s chief customer officer David Koczkar said the December and January period was one of the peak times for members to make extras claims before their annual limit amounts reset.

Financial comparison website iSelect’s spokeswoman Laura Crowden said it’s vital consumers check what value they have left on their limits to ensure they maximise their entitlements before the year’s end.

https://healthtimes.com.au/hub/oncology/4/news/nm/physiolead-exercise-integral-to-cancer-treatment-says-cosa-position-statement/3056/

New research presented at last month’s Clinical Oncology Society of Australia conference, shows that exercise during cancer treatment can reduce the risk of a patient dying from the disease, with physiotherapy lead programs specifically recommended. The evidence, included in the newly released Exercise in Cancer Care position statement also indicates that regular exercise would reduce the risk of cancer recurrence and result in fewer or less severe side effects when compared to people who did not exercise or performed less exercise.
Australian Physiotherapy Association member Elise Gane said that while the last fifteen years has seen large growth in the understanding of the benefits associated with cancer recovery, this new evidence is focused on exercise throughout treatment.
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Currently though, it is estimated that around seventy percent of people with cancer do not meet aerobic exercise guidelines, and around ninety percent don’t meet resistance exercise guidelines. Miss Gane said a lack of understanding from referring practitioners about the benefits of exercise for people with a cancer diagnosis is also contributing to the low number of cancer survivors engaging in exercise and physical activity.

The COSA statement recommends that all people with cancer should progress towards and, once achieved, maintain participation in at least one hundred fifty minutes of moderate‐intensity or seventy five minutes of vigorous‐intensity aerobic exercise, and two to three resistance exercise sessions each week.
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With low rates of referral from oncologists still a barrier to exercise participation, the COSA position statement aims to raise awareness across the health sector about the importance of exercise in the management of patients with a cancer diagnosis.

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