The Health News Australia March 17 2018

  • New research shows Australians wolf down 1.1 billion of sausages a year, with nearly half our recommended daily salt intake contained in a single sausage and sauce wrapped in white bread. A new report released on Wednesday by George Institute for Global Health — which analysed the salt level in more than 1,000 processed meats from Australia’s 4 major supermarkets from 2010-2017. They found that while some meats had reduced in salt levels over that time, there had been no changes in sausages.
  • BlackBerry and Melanoma Institute Australia, which pioneers prevention and cure of melanoma through research, treatment and education programs, are collaborating in a new security software trial to help researchers in the advancement of melanoma research. To design relevant clinical trials, it is important for clinicians to access and share confidential patient information within their organization and with external research partners. BlackBerry Workspaces is being trialed as a file storage and collaboration platform for Melanoma Institute clinicians, researchers and external contributors in the network, which includes scientists and doctors at different hospitals.
  • The RACGP says the timing of influenza vaccination is critical to ensuring patients have the highest level of protection when the flu season arrives. With concerns that some vaccine providers are already advising patients to receive the flu vaccination, Australians are encouraged to consult a specialist GP about when to get the annual flu jab. The NSW government will spend $22.75 million on immunisation programs in 2017/18, including $3.5 million for free flu shots to children up to five years old.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 17th of March 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-14/health-experts-warn-about-salty-sausages-and-barbecue-habits/9543656

New research shows Australians wolf down one point one billion of sausages a year, with nearly half our recommended daily salt intake contained in a single sausage and sauce wrapped in white bread. Public health nutritionist Clare Farrand said: “This is of huge concern because it is putting our health at risk.” Miss Farrand is the lead author of a new report — released on Wednesday by the George Institute for Global Health — which analysed the salt level in more than one thousand processed meats from Australia’s four major supermarkets from two thousand ten to two thousand seventeen. They found that while some meats had reduced in salt levels over that time, there had been no changes in sausages.

Heart Foundation Victoria dietitian Sian Armstrong said: “The average Aussie eats forty four sausages a year totalling sixteen teaspoons of salt, and some sausages are three times saltier than others.” The findings follow an earlier study this year, which found Australian men were eating twice as much salt as the recommended daily intake, and women weren’t far behind.

The World Health Organisation recommends eating less than five grams of salt a day, and Miss Armstrong said the health impacts of overindulging were well known. She added: “Excess salt is directly linked to high blood pressure, which increases the risk of heart attack, kidney disease and stroke.”
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The George Institute found large differences in the salt levels of supermarket sausages, with the saltiest containing two point nine grams per one hundred grams , while the lowest was just zero point eight grams. Miss Farrand said this showed producers could make sausages with less salt if they wanted to, and she is urging them to set targets to achieve this.

https://www.enterpriseinnovation.net/article/blackberry-helps-secure-and-advance-medical-research-australia-1544386364

BlackBerry and Melanoma Institute Australia, which pioneers prevention and cure of melanoma through research, treatment and education programs, are collaborating in a new security software trial to help researchers in the advancement of melanoma research. To design relevant clinical trials, it is important for clinicians to access and share confidential patient information within their organization and with external research partners. This requires a completely secure environment for sharing files and patient data throughout the network, with the ability to secure, track and trace all data outside the firewall.

BlackBerry Workspaces is being trialed as a file storage and collaboration platform for Melanoma Institute clinicians, researchers and external contributors in the network, which includes scientists and doctors at different hospitals. Approved contributors can use BlackBerry Workspaces to save and share data from medical histories and clinical trials to assess the effectiveness of treatments and interventions.

Carole Renouf, CEO of Melanoma Institute Australia concludes, “The ability for Melanoma Institute Australia to advance collaboration and expand our secure network is important for further advancement in potentially life-changing research. As little as five years ago, someone diagnosed with advanced or Stage four melanoma had only a twenty five percent chance for surviving twelve months.  Today, through research, the first year survival rate has improved to seventy five percent. This is giving melanoma sufferers real reason for hope.”

http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/experts-say-timing-for-your-flu-shot-is-vital-this-season/news-story/f5a5397b076c9c108fc5aa7d2a9b6632

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) says the timing of influenza vaccination is critical to ensuring patients have the highest level of protection when the flu season arrives. RACGP President Doctor Bastian Seidel warns that rushing out to getting the flu vaccination too early may put people at serious risk. He added: “Typically, flu season affects Australia from June to September, with the peak being August.

With concerns that some vaccine providers are already advising patients to receive the flu vaccination, Australians are encouraged to consult a specialist GP about when to get the annual flu jab.

Last year’s flu season swept across Australia a month earlier than usual. More than one thousand one hundred people across the country died from the flu last year, with most of them over sixty five. A fast-mutating and evolving strain of influenza A — HthreeNtwo — defied efforts to stop its spread and was blamed for the majority of deaths. By December, there had been two hundred thirty four thousand eight hundred sixty nine laboratory-confirmed notifications of influenza in Australia for two thousand seventeen, more than two-and-a-half times the number compared with the previous season.

The New South Wales government will spend twenty two point seventy five million dollars on immunisation programs in two thousand seventeen and two thousand eighteen, including three point five million dollars for free flu shots to children up to five years old. New South Wales Health Minister Brad Hazzard said earlier this week that the influenza strains included in this year’s vaccinations had been updated by the World Health Organisation, after admitting last year’s flu shots were “not the best”.

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