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The world's first sleep retreat
Source: NEWS.com.au - Posted on: 14 February 2008
The sleep therapist, who has more than 20 years' experience in treating sleep disorders, opened Australia's first and only natural sleep therapy centre in Adelaide in 1997. He now has four centres in Victoria and New South Wales, with another soon to ..Click for Sleep Retreat story
A Holistic Strategy Against Cancer
Source: Natural News.com Posted on: 14 February 2008
Supplements may be found online, and many hospitals in Mexico and Europe administer intravenous laetrile; however, the FDA has deemed this therapy illegal in the States. Other treatments that indirectly kill cancer cells include shark liver oil...Click for Natural News item
YOUR STORY: Beat the Bulge, Drop the Drugs
Source: ABC Health and Wellbeing Posted on: 9 February 2008
Alex Bennett lost 15 Kilograms in six months. The bonus? He no longer needs medication for blood pressure, gastric reflux or cholesterol. Click here for Drop the Drugs story
Demi-Lee Brennan has changed blood types and immune systemOverweight Patients With Diabetes Appear More Likely To Achieve
Source: NEWS.com.au Posted on: 24 January 2008
By Kate Sikora, Health Reporter January 25, 2008 12:00am Teenager Demi-Lee Brennan ... is the first transplant patient ever to change blood types and take on the immune system of her organ donor. Click here for more.
Source: Science Daily (press release) - Posted On: 24 January
Australia, and colleagues conducted a 2-year trial involving 60 obese participants (body mass index [BMI] greater than 30, less than 40) to compare surgically induced weight loss with conventional therapy for the management of type 2 diabetes... Click here for more.
Health workers strike in Victoria
Source: ABC News Posted on: December 20, 2007
Many health services in Victoria are unavailable today because thousands of workers walked off the job to campaign for better conditions. They're defying Industrial Relations Commission orders that they return to work....Click here for more.
Busting Medical Myths Even Doctors Believe
Source: Forbes Posted on: December 20, 2007
Somewhere in the back of your mind is the idea that you should drink at least eight glasses of water a day to stay healthy. You may have nodded in agreement when someone mentioned scientific studies showing that, on average, we use just 10 percent of our brain....Click here for more.
Kids suffer 'terrifying rates' of STDs
Source: News.com.au Posted on: December 18, 2007
NEW figures that show alarming rates of STD infection among children and Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory are "terrifying", says the Australian Medical Association (AMA)....Click here for more.
NSW govt commits $2m more to bush health
Source: The AGE Posted on: December 18, 2007
Drought-stressed NSW farmers will have better access to mental health services after the state government committed $2.1 million for more staff. The money will be spent on employing two extra mental health workers and extending the appointments of six others over 18 months....Click here for more.
Genetic test info added to epilepsy drugs, U.S. says
Source: Reuters Posted on: December 13, 2007
A genetic test can tell if patients of Asian ancestry are more likely to develop a life-threatening skin reaction to certain drugs that treat epilepsy and other conditions, U.S. health officials said on Wednesday....Click here for more.
Abbott took eye off ball on child obesity: Roxon
Source: ABC News Posted on: December 11, 2007
Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon has told a national summit in Sydney on childhood obesity that the Howard Government did not provide enough leadership on the issue. Ms Roxon says the blame game between the state and federal governments over hospitals and other acute areas in health, meant preventative strategies were not the priority....Click here for more.
Asbestos campaigner Bernie Banton passes
Source: ABC News Posted on: November 27, 2007
The man at the centre of the protracted battle for compensation from James Hardie, has died at his home in Sydney. AM takes a look back at the life and contribution of asbestos campaigner Bernie Banton....Click here for more.
Many prostate cancer patients receive wrong treatment
Source: News-Medical.net Posted on: November 26, 2007
Dr. James Talcott of the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and co-investigators found that patients with certain pretreatment dysfunctions often receive contraindicated or "mismatched" therapies, which can lead to worse outcomes....Click here for more.
Auckland company makes diabetes breakthrough
Source: Stuff.co.nz Posted on: October 23, 2007
A 1996 trial in Auckland using an earlier version of the therapy was halted over concerns that humans could be infected with pig viruses....Click here for more.
Proton power can work in cancer therapy
Source: The Australian Posted on: September 28, 2007
This week the Sydney-based firm Proton Therapy Australia (PTA) applied to the Therapeutic Goods Administration to have the procedure approved in Australia. The move follows a preliminary meeting earlier this month between PTA director Sue Bleasel and....Click here for more.
MSG, The Silent Killer
Source: AHFA Posted on: September
A silent killer that’s worse than alcohol, nicotine, and drugs is likely lurking in your kitchen cabinets and even your child’s school cafeteria....Click here for more.
Drug Companies Suppress Wider Release of Sicko
Source: AHFA Posted on: September
Lionsgate (along with Weinstein Co.), the company distributing Sicko, had planned to release the film in over 1,600 theaters across the United States in June 2007. However, one week prior to the release (the same week that Rachesky made his purchase), the number was reduced to 400 theaters....Click here for more.
New Non-Invasive Weight-Loss Surgery Performed
Source: Science Daily Posted on: July 24, 2007
In the first operations of their kind in Northeastern USA, a bariatric surgery team at Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre, New York has performed a unique non-invasive weight loss procedure that uses a new device that reduces the size of a patient’s stomach without the need for any incisions....Click here for more.
Researchers Discover Gene Responsible For Restless Legs Syndrome
Source: Science Daily Posted on: July 19, 2007
An international team of researchers has identified the first gene associated with Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS), a common sleep disorder affecting tens of millions of people worldwide. The work was led by scientists at Emory University and deCODE Genetics, Inc., in Reykjavik, Iceland....Click here for more.
Blame that bad back on your ancestors
Source: Yahoo News Posted on: July 16, 2007
A spine specialist trying to figure out why people so often have bad backs says he has come up with a new theory about when and how early humans evolved the ability to walk upright....Click here for more.
China suspends some U.S. pork, chicken feet imports
Source: Reuters Posted on: July 15, 2007
China's quarantine bureau has suspended imports of frozen chicken and pork parts from top U.S. meat and poultry processors, even as international scrutiny of Chinese food and drug safety grows....Click here for more.
In the pub, few are fuming at smokers' last gasp
Source: Sydney Morning Herald Posted on: July 2, 2007
You can drink champagne and savour shucked oysters in the funky front bar of the George Hotel in St Kilda, better known as the Melbourne Wine Room, and you can still enjoy a quiet beer in the corner, too. However, for the first time in the pub's 121 years, what punters can't do is smoke.....Click here for more.
Treatment Found To Reverse Hair Loss
Source: Science Daily Posted on: June 13, 2007
Male pattern hair loss is a condition that affects as many as 50 percent of men by the age of fifty, but according to a new study, baldness may soon be a treatable condition....Click here for more.
Male Depression Is Linked to Poor Sibling Relations
Source: The New York Times Posted on: June 12, 2007
Men who had poor relationships with siblings during childhood are at significantly greater risk for depression in adulthood than those who got along better, a new study has found....Click here for more.
Getting Pumped May Aid Heart Patients
Source: CBS News Posted on: June 12, 2007
Aerobic exercise such as walking or bicycling may help heart failure patients, according to a new research review. The new review examines the evidence on the benefits of exercise for heart failure patients....Click here for more.
Smoking might kill your little buddies
Source: Syndey Morning Herald Posted on: June 4, 2007
Here's one more reason not to smoke - smoking may damage sperm, passing along genetic damage to a man's children, Canadian researchers report....Click here for more.
Cot death cases on the rise
Source: CBS News Posted on: June 1, 2007
New statistics have revealed an increase in the incidence of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). SIDS with Kids says the figures show the number of cases nationally has jumped from 59 in 2004 to 87 in 2005....Click here for more.
Genome Researchers Find New Indicators of Breast Cancer Risk
Source: The New York Times Posted on: May 29, 2007
In a long-delayed harvest from the human genome project, researchers say they have found six new sites of variation in the genome that increase the risk of breast cancer....Click here for more.
Source: The Canberra Times Posted on: May 23, 2007
When choirmaster and former Opera Australia singer Jonathon Welch read about the Montréal Homeless Men's Choir six years ago, he found it an inspiring story....Click here for more.
Iodine to be added to bread to boost IQ
Source: NineMSN Posted on: May 18, 2007
Iodised salt will be added to bread under a proposal designed to make Australians smarter. The food regulator, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), is pushing ahead with mandatory plans that force bakers to fortify bread with iodine....Click here for more.
Low Physical Activity Can Improve Fitness Levels For Sedentary, Overweight Postmenopausal Women
Source: Science Daily Posted on: May 16, 2007
New research indicates that even small amounts of physical activity, approximately 75 minutes a week, can help improve the fitness levels for postmenopausal women who are sedentary and overweight or obese, according to a study in the May 16 issue of JAMA....Click here for more.
Study offers hope of remedy for baldness
Source: NineMSN Posted on: May 16, 2007
Mice with deep skin wounds can grow new hair, scientists say in a finding that offers hope for a baldness remedy for humans. The mice regenerated hair at the site of the wound via molecular processes similar to those used in embryonic development, according to the research, published in the journal Nature....Click here for more.
Adolescence determines adult weight
Source: Herald Sun Posted on: May 06, 2007
Adolescence is the defining period in the fat fight, with a new study showing 13 per cent of young Australians are extremely overweight and most have piled it on since childhood. Obesity experts called for a policy focus on teenage lifestyle to beat the fat epidemic....Click here for more.
Honey could save diabetics from amputation
Source: ABC News Posted on: May 06, 2007
Spreading honey on a diabetic ulcer could prevent the need to amputate an infected foot, researchers say. A doctor at the University of Wisconsin who helped about half a dozen of her diabetic patients avoid amputation has launched a controlled trial to promote the widespread use of honey therapy....Click here for more.
Spider venom may provide impotence solution
Source: ABC News Posted on: May 05, 2007
Scientists are examining the venom of a Brazilian spider as a possible treatment for impotent men. Investigations began in Brazil after reports that men who were bitten by the highly venomous brazilian wandering spider experienced priapism, or prolonged erections....Click here for more.
Research breakthrough helps bone marrow transplant patients
Source: ABC News Posted on: May 04, 2007
Queensland and New South Wales researchers say a simple blood test could mean the difference between life and death for bone marrow transplant recipients. The world-first breakthrough allows doctors to detect and treat transplant complications up to two weeks earlier than before....Click here for more.
Alcohol damages women's brains faster than men's: study
Source: ABC News Posted on: April 24, 2007
The brain-damaging effects of alcohol strike women more quickly than men, a new study says. Female alcoholics performed worse on a number of tests of neurocognitive function compared with males, Dr Barbara Flannery from RTI International in the US and her colleagues found....Click here for more.
Combined Western-traditional medicine could boost cancer treatment
Source: YahooNews Posted on: April 22, 2007
Western science and traditional Eastern medicine could be combined to enhance treatment of cancer and other diseases, an oncology professor told a medical forum Sunday....Click here for more.
Researchers learning of defect 'at heart' of migraines
Source: News-Medical.net Posted on: April 22, 2007
Researchers of the heart and headaches at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital are combining efforts to determine if a common heart defect may be the cause of some forms of migraine headaches....Click here for more.
Inadequate levels of omega-3 essential fatty acids in tinned fish
Source: NineMSN Posted on: April 13, 2007
Revelations from a survey on Channel 7’s Today Tonight showed that some popular brands of tinned tuna contain significantly less omega-3 fatty acids than is recommended daily for good health....Click here for more.
Physical Activity Reduces Risk Of Hypertension In Young Adults
Source: Science Daily Posted on: April 12, 2007
Young adults who spend more time participating in physical activity have a reduced risk of developing high blood pressure within the next 15 years, according to researchers at the University of Minnesota....Click here for more.
Dark Chocolate proven to reduce blood pressure
Source: Forbes Posted on: April 9, 2007
Cocoa-rich products such as dark chocolate may help lower high blood pressure, but tea won't do much, according to a new survey of the medical literature by German researchers....Click here for more.
Stress Increases Pregnancy Inflammation for Women
Source: Lise Millay Stevens, CAH Posted on: April 5, 2007
A new study shows that women who report high levels of stress and low social support during pregnancy are more likely to have increased immune system activity, which can trigger inflammatory responses and put them at risk for premature labor and preeclampsia....Click here for more.
Natural Therapy for Menopause
Source: Psychcentral Posted on: March 26, 2007
For many women the period of menopause is a time of physical and mental transition. Given the controversy over use of medications, the result of a new study showing that physical activity can improve quality of life and ease symptoms is a welcomed blessing....Click here for more.
Bill prompts health, business fears
TVNZ - 12 Dec 2006
There are fears people will suffer if the government's attempts to create a transtasman natural medicines regulator are successful.
The great autism researcher and advocate Bernard Rimland, Ph.D. passed away Tuesday, November 21, 2006. His family asks that donations be made to the Autism Research Institute
Pharmacy scheme shake-up to slash cost of medicines
The Age - November, 2006
THE price of hundreds of drugs will fall and taxpayers will save $3 billion over the next decade as part of a massive shake-up of Australia's $6 billion pharmaceutical benefits scheme.
Doctors use Google to diagnose disease: study
ABC Regional Online - 9 Nov 2006
It is not just patients who are frantically plugging their symptoms into Google to see what disease they might have, Australian researchers say doctors are doing it too.
Mobile calls put sperm on hold
The Australian Elizabeth Gosch - October 25, 2006
SOME men see them as a status symbol, but research has found mobile phones could be destroying that other badge of masculinity - fertility.
Obesity is the biggest public health hurdle of the century
The Australian - 9 Sept 2006
LIKE many nations, Australia is in the throes of an unprecedented epidemic of obesity and type 2 diabetes - an epidemic in acceleration mode. Over the last week, more than 2500 scientists have been in Sydney for the 10th International Congress of Obesity.
Coca Cola says fizzy drinks not responsible for obesity
ABC Online - 4 Sep 2006
ELEANOR HALL: 3,000 experts on the world's epidemic of fat have descended on Sydney today to discuss the latest research on obesity. But before the congress even got underway there was breakfast, brought to you by the Coca Cola corporation. ...
Traditional Chinese medicine for diabetes has scientific backing
EurekAlert (press release) - Washington,DC,USA
Reports of a traditional Chinese medicine having beneficial effects for people suffering from type 2 diabetes now has some scientific evidence to back up the ...
CANCER SCREENING: IS IT WORTH IT?
As our medical tests get better and better we can find very small, very early cancers. But Associate Professor Alex Barratt argues that not all of these cancers will make us sick, and sometimes finding them is doing more harm than good. This article is based on her provocative Health Report series on cancer screening, which has just won the Pfizer Australia Eureka Prize for Health and Medical Research Journalism.
HPV DECLINES WITH AGE Health Minutes - 21 August 2006
Preliminary results from an Australian survey of the human papillomavirus,
or HPV, have shown very high rates in young women, which decline with age.
Cancer vaccine may be free for schoolgirls
THE world's first vaccine to protect against cancer goes on sale in Australia from today as federal health experts continue to assess an application from its makers to include it in the free national immunisation program for all girls. ...
Menopause Treatment a Cancer Risk?
Women who take the hormones estrogen and testosterone to combat hot flasheshot flashes, decreased libido, and other symptoms of menopausemenopause may be at an increased risk of developing breast cancerbreast cancer, say researchers. ...
AIDS hides out in gut: research
The Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) virus hides out inside people's intestines, researchers say in a report that offers new understanding of the incurable infection. Satya Dandekar, the chairwoman ...