Health and Lifestyle

Comfort food leads to more weight gain during stress

Australian researchers have discovered a new molecular pathway in the brain that triggers more weight gain in times of stress. A team led by Professor Herbert Herzog, Head of the Eating Disorders laboratory at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Sydney, discovered in an animal model that a high-calorie diet, …

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Helping new mums struggling with their bubs

As anyone who works in a pharmacy will know, one of the most common customers is the new mum who is worried about her baby. Some will be slightly concerned, others downright anxious, others beginning to panic. So here are three of the most common health issues faced by newborns, …

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Racism and access issues in rural health

Improved access to healthcare and the abolition of discrimination and racism in remote and rural areas featured strongly in Australia’s 15th National Rural Health Conference. Ear, nose and throat surgeon Kelvin Kong, of the University of Newcastle School of Medicine and Public Health, used his opening address to stun the …

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Tackling rural syphilis

The Morrison government is again stepping up the fight against the syphilis outbreak affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in central, northern and southern Australia. Syphilis is preventable and treatable, but without treatment can be deadly. In order to provide treatment, the government has begun rolling out phase 3 …

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Rural alcohol abuse an urgent issue

Rural and regional communities need an urgent boost in health and community services to address the increasing harm caused by overuse of alcohol and other harmful drugs, according to the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA). The release of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report, ‘Alcohol and other …

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Call for Lymphoedema physio funding

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) has joined the Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA) in calling for federal government funding. An estimated one in 6,000 Australians are living with lymphoedema from birth. Additionally, 20 per cent of cancer patients will develop the condition as a result of treatment side effects. Lymphoedema is …

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