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Western Australia looks set to legalise voluntary assisted dying. Here’s what’s likely to happen from next week

December 10, 2019

Western Australia is on the brink of becoming the second state in Australia to legalise voluntary assisted dying, with its upper house last night passing the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2019 (WA).
A total of 55 amendments to the initial version of the bill were passed. The bill will return to …

Human BPA levels may have been underestimated

Exposure to common industrial chemical and endocrine disruptor bisphenol A (BPA) has been linked to a range of health impacts, from reproductive disorders to heart disease. Although widespread, the level of exposure of most people to BPA was thought to be low enough that the potential for harm was minimal, …

Reversing antibiotic resistance? Here’s how Sweden is doing it

December 04, 2019

The antibiotic resistance threat is real. In the years to come, we will no longer be able to treat and cure many infections we once could.
We’ve had no new classes of antibiotics in decades, and the development pipeline is largely dry. Each time we use antibiotics, the bacteria in our …

Researchers find clue to preventing addiction relapse

It takes a supreme effort of will to overcome an addiction, but even more so to avoid relapse. The effect of relapse can hugely effect quality of life or even prove fatal.
To help give recovering addicts a fighting chance, researchers at University of Washington have been studying whether changing the …

Concussion recovery not clear cut for children

Most children will recover fully from concussion, but one in ten has persistent symptoms.
University of Queensland researchers have just completed a study between these symptoms and long-term disability risk, and the results are striking.
Poor sleep post-concussion in particular was linked to reduced brain function and decreased grey matter, with fatigue …

Guidelines for treating SCCs and BCCs

The latest updated version of the clinical practice guidelines for keratinocyte cancer are now available and worth checking out, especially if you do a lot of skin work.
Keratinocyte cancer is the new way to talk about non-melanoma skin cancer and basically refers to basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas.
The …

Discussing MDMA

We all want to reduce drug-related harm and ensure young people don’t take unnecessary risks. But decades of research shows fear isn’t an effective way to do this.
This week, Newscorp Australia released The Ripple Effect, a series of articles and accompanying videos about party drugs, aimed at parents of young …

Simple blood test a mortality predictor

Low lymphocyte levels can used as an indicator of an increased risk of mortality, US researchers say.
Lymphopaenia, readily measured through the common full blood count, has been shown to be associated with an increased likelihood of death from conditions such as heart disease, cancer and respiratory infections, according to a …

The evidence shows pharmacist prescribing is nothing to fear

November 27, 2019

Prominent GP and former member of parliament Kerryn Phelps has entered the turf war between doctors and pharmacists over who gets to prescribe.
Pharmacy groups have long called for changes to allow pharmacists to prescribe specified medications, such as the oral contraceptive pill and antibiotics for urinary tract infections.
But Phelps argues …

The dementia ‘tsunami’ is coming – but two potential medications offer hope

As our population continues to age, the number of people with dementia is set to skyrocket, a situation that geriatric medicine researcher A/Prof Michael Woodward has likened to a ‘tsunami that’s sadly almost bearing down on us’.
Dementia already affects more than 400,000 Australians and is the second-biggest cause of death, …

HIV: Overwhelming the enemy from the start

Great strides have been made in terms of public health campaigns to reduce the spread of HIV, and the development of antiretrovirals to stop people living with the condition from developing AIDS. However, medical interventions to cure or vaccinate against the condition have so far proved elusive.
Researchers from the Montreal …

CancerAid

CancerAid is a free app designed by two Australian oncologists for people affected by cancer and their carers.
The motivation behind this app’s development was to improve cancer care outcomes by engaging patients in their own care. Patients using the app can monitor treatments, find resources, manage side-effects and read others’ …