The Health News – 13 January 2014

Overview

  • A group of global health experts is appealing to health authorities and food manufacturers around the world to reduce the amount of sugar used in their products.
  • The NSW Opposition has called on the government to release concrete details on their plans to construct a new hospital at Maitland.
  • Health warnings have been issued as a scorching heatwave starts to move from Western Australia into the country’s south-east.
  • The Federal Government needs to start using its power to introduce Opal fuel to some outback petrol stations, the Central Australian Youth Link-Up Service has said.
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The Health News – 10 January 2014

Overview

  • The Queensland state coroner is soon to commence an investigation into the case of a 9-year-old boy from south Brisbane, who died less than a day after being discharged from hospital in Brisbane.
  • There are concerns from Wagga residents who are advocating a hospice for the area that they are being silenced. Craig Hesketh, a local advocate said the Murrumbidgee Local Health District has declined to hold a public forum on the issue.
  • In NSW paramedic union has raised concerns that some New South Wales stations are being staffed entirely by interns.
  • As millions of people return to work this month after enjoying a summer break, beyondblue CEO Kate Carnell has reassured people that it‟s normal to experience the “back-to-work blues” for a few days.
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The Health News – 9 January 2014

Overview

  • A recent report on Victorian hospitals has shown the number of patients presenting to emergency departments has increased significantly.
  • A new Australian study has found that assisted reproductive treatments including IVF are almost twice as likely to result in stillborn births than natural conception.
  • The ACT Department of Health has confirmed the occurrence of several cases of measles thought to be linked to an international dance meeting in Sydney last month.
  • Health Minister Kim Hames says that maintenance at Royal Perth Hospital is not being affected by budget cuts. But several elevators at the hospital have broken down, while others have been temporarily shut down so their parts can be used to repair other elevators.
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The Health News – 8 January 2014

Overview

  • In a new study by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, it’s been revealed that global smoking rates in women have declined almost 50% since 1980.
  • Over 600 Australian women have expressed interest in a possible class action against Bayer, the manufacturer of the contraceptive medications Yasmin and Yaz.
  • The Bureau of Meteorology has said it may be some time before Far North Queensland sees widespread rain. The approaching monsoon trough is expected to bring heavy rainfall to Cape York by the weekend.
  • A Northern Territory record label is uniting with Indigenous musicians to create short films to spread health messages across remote communities.
  • Melbourne scientists have made a breakthrough in the fight against several cancers which could lead to new treatments.
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The Health News – 7 January 2014

Overview

  • The World Health Organisation has been criticised for ineffectiveness regarding its recent effort to raise funds for neglected diseases.
  • The H7N9 flu virus, which emerged in China in February last year, has been the subject of recent findings regarding immunity to the virus.
  • Queensland Health today issued a statement reminding citizens not to touch or handle bats, in the wake of the recent spate of bat deaths, attributed to recent extreme temperatures.
  • The UK-based Overseas Development Institute has released a report detailing the rise in overweight and obese adults in developing countries.
  • Researches at the University of Newcastle have recently identified a protein that plays a role in the growth of melanoma cells, which it is hoped will lead to a new treatment for the disease.
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