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Australian Scientists 'Silence' Cancer Gene

This new treatment claims to treat the cancer by 'gene silencing.' This process apparently turns off a single gene in a cancer cell responsible for the continued development and spread of the cancer. This means that the other genes // are left unharmed. If successful, this new method promises to beat the conventional methods of treating cancer which include radiation and chemotherapy. The...

Australia earmarks $74 Million to Fight Bird Flu

Australia has earmarked $74 million to combat the bird flu threat over the next four years. Prime Minister John Howard was to announce the funding in Busan, Korea, where he is attending the Asia Pacific // Economic Co-operation (APEC) forum. International agencies, like the World Health Organization (WHO), would get around 20 percent of the money while 10 percent would go on...

Australian Government To Stockpile Anti-Bird Flu Drug Relenza

The Australian Government has announced that it will be spending $60 million to buy 1.8 courses of the anti-bird flu drug Relenza from Biota Holdings. //Australian Health Minister Tony Abbott confirmed the order yesterday. The drug had been licensed by Biota to pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKline, but Biota had alleged that GSK failed to market this properly. GSK has refuted this alle...

Obesity among The Poor in Australia.

A recent research survey conducted by The Melbourne University reveals that poor people in Melbourne weigh an average three kilograms more than those on high incomes. The $400000 survey was funded by VicHealth//. The survey included 4913 people found neighbouring factors play an essential role in obesity. The quality of footpaths for exercise, the location of parks, and the pr...

Increase In Health Insurance Premium Likely In Australia

With the ever increasing technological advancement, improved health care and a significant rise in medical costs, an increase in the private health premium is likely be to be implemented sooner or later in Australia. // Despite reports of profit, insurers have approached the Federal Government to approve a 5 to 7% increase for the fifth consecutive year. If the proposal were to be app...

Australian Company Gets $10 million For Developing Skin Cancer Gel

The skin cancer gel developer Peplin has said that it would speed up the process of human testing of its fast-action cancer cream since it was able to get an amount of $10 //million from institutional investors for this purpose. The company based in Queensland, Australia is developing the PEP005 compound as a treatment for actinic keratosis a pre-cancerous condition that leads to skin...

Australian Health funds stand accused

Private health insurers in Australia have been accused of using private hospital costs as a ruse to put up premiums, while not passing on cost increases to hospitals // . Private health insurers are believed to have again asked Federal Health Minister Tony Abbott last week to approve an annual premium increase of between 5 per cent and 7 per cent from April. If approved it would be their...

Bird flu scare in Australia

Bird flu scare in Australia was reported after a man was admitted in the Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney. The man had collapsed in the flight// from Taipei and the air port authorities removed him from the flight. He was taken to the hospital after he complained of feeling tired and not keeping well. He had arrived on a flight from South –East Asia. He is kept in t...

Australia to Show Leniency towards U.S. Pharmaceutical Companies

Australian would remove the amendment which states to reduce the price of the drug obtained from US. The Trade Minister and the // acting Prime Minister Mark Vaile reported that this amendment was accepted because it was supported by the major opposition party in Australia (Labor Party). The reason that the party supported the amendment was to prevent the delay in the intro...

Australia awaits US FDA reports on ADHD drugs

United States has asked the US Food and Drug Administration to study the safety of the drugs used in the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) following reports that the drug usage // causes cardiovascular diseases such as strokes and heart attacks. The US committee would meet on starting of february to review the safety of ADHD drugs. The Therapeutic Goods Admini...

No booster vaccine For every fourth child in Australia

Only 75 per cent of Australian children eligible for free booster vaccine against pneumococcal disease got their shots before the program finished at the end of 2005, government figures show//. These children had received pneumococcal vaccination as a result of the...

Australia Witnesses A Fall In the Number of Organ Donors

Organ donation saves hundreds of lives ever year. The need the organ, kidney is on the rise and is the most sought after organ // . Of all the organ transplantations done, kidney transplantation accounts for 64%. But the bad news is that there is a sudden fall in the number of people who come forward to donate organs especially kidneys. Due to this the waiting time of the patients to u...

Specialist rural GPs to get incentive in Australia

Australian rural doctors who specialize in surgery, obstetrics and gynecology will get a $15,000 annual handout from the federal Government just to continue the work they are already doing. // The Government has doubled incentives to push general practitioners who carry out procedures conducted by specialists in the city, in a move that will cost taxpayers an extra $5.2million each year...

Fear of Listeria outbreak in Australia.

A new case of Listeria was detected in Australia. An elderly woman died on 8th January at the Queen Elizabeth hospital as she was suffering from advance stage of cancer // . She was tested positive for Listeria. This has created a lot of confusion among the health care officials in Australia. This woman came from interstate and was admitted in the Adelaide hospital and for cancer treat...

Western Australia Witnesses Rise In Ross River Virus Infection

The number of cases diagnosed with Ross River virus has been steadily increasing, with more// than 50 cases diagnosed since December. Another 10 cases have been reported in other parts of the territory. // Furthermore, reports of another 50 diagnosed cases in Western Australia's south over the past three weeks has prompted reasons for concern among the medical community. The worst...

Mosquito Plague Reported From Western Australia

Mosquito plague has hit Western Australia's south region with 50 cases being reported in the past three weeks alone. The Ross River virus has also been // reported in the Territories with another 50 cases being reported over the last 30 days. Entomologist Nina Kurucz said that the pre-monsoon rains have created an ideal breeding ground for the mosquitoes. "The problem is that this sort...

Mental Health Problems On The Rise In South Australia

Riverland in south Australia suffers from the second highest rate of intentional injury. This includes cases like suicide and homicide. Dr Paul Lehmann who is by profession a mental health advocate blames the mental health service or its inadequacy. // The suicide rates in Riverland are higher than that seen in Adelaide. He is calling for more mental health workers and also re...

Antioxidants in the body protects the airways from diesel exhaust effect

Professor Thomas Sandstrom, Respiratory Medicine and Allergy, University Hospital, Sweden and his collaborators from Europe has found that Exposure// to diesel exhaust increased inflammation response in the lungs of the exposed persons and inflammatory cells were increased in the airway pathways and openings and when they analyzed the inflammatory cells in the distal part of the airway th...

Australian Court Finds Man Guilty of Spreading HIV/AIDS

A South Australian Supreme Court jury has found a South African man guilty of spreading HIV/AIDS by having unprotected sex with three women. 34-year-old Andre Chad // Parenzee had led the women to believe that he had cancer. One of the three women, who also happens top be a mother of two was found HIV positive, but the other two women tested negative for the virus. One of the omen all...

Australia To Start Campaign Against Obesity

A television campaign is being launched in Australia to encourage the children in the country to lead a more active life to avoid getting chubby or obese. One in three // tralian children are overweight and the Government is to spend six million Australian dollars (US $4.5 million) in its campaign, Health Minister Tony Abbott said. But to receive that important message about the valu...

Australia's Mentally ill, ill at ease with Quality of Care

Australia: Mental illness is no better or worse than Diabetes and Heart disease. But little is done to improve the caliber of Mental Health care. The Mental health // services need a revamp according to Prime Minister John Howard. Preferable, if the inmates do their bit to improve the system, aferall only the wearer knows exactly where the shoe pinches! A plan to study the nature of ment...

Australian Scientists Develop Novel Drug To Combat Inflammatory Diseases

Researchers from Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Sydney have expressed hope over their newly developed drug to combat a severe inflammatory disease, rheumatoid arthritis. //It is also claimed to improve the clinical outcome in patients with asthma, multiple sclerosis, heart attack, sepsis, psoriasis and post transplant recipients. The unique drug formulation has been tested on a...

Sale Of Bird Flu Vaccine to US Planned: Australian Firm

The proposed sale of bird flu vaccine in the US is expected to enhance the supply of the vaccine and reduce the nationwide demand of the preparation. Currently, the Australian manufacturer, //CSL, is selling the flu vaccine in 16 different countries. Bulk supply of the vaccine to a Swiss based Berna Biotech enables distribution of the vaccine in nearly 24 countries. The drug manufac...

Australia: Salt needs More of Iodine

Iodine Deficiency is prevalent among one in two Australian children, according to reports published today in the Medical Journal of Australia. Iodine deficiency is known to lead to a host of problems including brain damage, stunted growth and deafness. // Professor Cres Eastman, one among Australia’s leading endocrinologists has co-authored these findings. He has issued a wake up call...

Hepatitis C Could Infect 800,000 Australians By 2020

It has been proposed by the federal Government to distribute subsidized life-saving hepatitis C drugs, that would benefit nearly 200,000 hepatitis C infected patients in Australia. // A small percentage of the infected individuals (2000) currently receive treatment for their condition. If appropriate steps are not instituted at the earliest, Australia might soon witness a rapid rise in t...

Australia’s Antibiotic Favouritism Needs To Be Plugge

An infectious disease expert has warned against indiscriminate antibiotic use, saying that nearly half the antibiotics Australians use ,are prescribed inappropriately. //This issue figures on the agenda at the Australian Society for Antimicrobials annual scientific discussion meeting in Sydney. Microbiologist John Turnidge, of the Adelaide Women's and Children's Hospital, said that thi...

Obesity Cost More Than The Australian Health Budget

There has been a significant increase in the health care cost associated with obesity treatment in Australia over the recent years// Infact the treatment cost associated with provision of heath care for overweight, obese or physically inactive people approximates to $10.8 billion that is greater than the NSW health budget. Obesity is becoming a major public health concern of late, wit...

Australia In Search Of A Better Way to Handle Critically Ill Patients and Balance Elective Surgery

A review of deaths at four public hospitals found patients forced to wait more than eight hours for treatment were 30 % more likely to die than those admitted when the hospital was not overcrowded. //Peter Sprivulis, associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Western Australia said that overcrowding is very common in large tertiary hospitals in Australia. Due to this m...

Australia Witnesses Legionnaires Disease Outbreak

Legionnaires disease thrives in poorly-maintained air-conditioning towers.It is an air borne disease and has an incubation period of up to 10 days after initial exposure. // Symptoms include headaches, fever, chills and muscle aches. The deadly legionnaire disease outbreak occurred in the north of Melbourne. So far ten victims have been diagnosed with the disease. A 51-yea...

Australian Snake Venom Can Arrest Bleeding During Surgery And Trauma

It has been found that the venom of Australian snakes can rapidly arrest bleeding during major trauma and vascular surgery.The finding could eventually pave way for // development of the next generation of therapeutic drugs for humans. Taipan venom has been found to contain high amounts of a blood-clotting protein, referred to as factor X. The gene responsible for the production of fa...

Women And Elderly Fall Victims To Obesity And Asthma in Australia

The prevalence of asthma in Australian society has steadily increased over the last 10 years, a survey has found. The situation is actually worse in women and elderly.// A South Australian survey conducted between 1990 and 2003 found that the rate of "doctor-diagnosed asthma" in women increased from 7.3 percent in 1990 to 14.6 percent in 2003. There was a 137 percent increase in asthma...

Australia Ready to Meet the Challenges of Bird Flu

The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said that the risk of the H5N1 strain reaching Australia was very high. // OIE director-general Bernard Vallat reported this to the French parliamentary commission on the disease and put the United States and Canada in the same risk category. It said that the avian flu was likely to be transmitted from Indonesia by migratory birds. But th...

Australia: What is your health's Worth?

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has said that measures taken to check the spread of communicable diseases like HIV-AIDS, account for large sums in public health expenditure. // Preventive Health Initiatives by Governments, aim at a healthy community and according to statistics, these spending are just $68 a year on each South Australian. In 2002-03, about $77 million wa...

Fat Virus, Ad-36 Blamed For Obesity Epidemic In Australians

A closer look at the blood tests conducted on over 2000 Australians has showed that more than 20% of the study participants had contracted Ad-36 viral infection //, believed to play a major role in development of obesity. Richard Emeritus, Professor of Medicine, University of Wisconsin has carried out the research. 'I believe obesity is a complex disease of many causes, one of which i...

Refugee Clinic In Delhi To Receive Donation From Australia

The Australian government will donate $35,700 to a clinic here that supports refugee women from Afghanistan and Myanmar.// The donation, in Australian dollars, was announced Thursday by Australia's visiting Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone. "The donation again demonstrates the Australian government's global commitment to helping vulnerable refugee women," she said....

Dr Death Faces Malpractice Case In Australia

Queensland Medical Board has finally served Dr Death, Jayant Patel, linked to 17 patient deaths, with his legal papers. The Board hopes for a direction hearing in the Health Practitioners Tribunal next month. // The rogue surgeon has also been served with a $2 million lawsuit in Portland, United States after the death of three-year old Ian McClellan who died of toxic shock after a routi...

Mental Health Sector in Australia Needs an Overall Boost

A government led committee was asked to investigate Australia’s crippled mental health services and community-based care centres. // It is now expected to that the funding would triple for Australia's mental health services and hundreds of community-based care centres will be set up if the Government accepts the demands of a parliamentary committee. The committee asked the governments to...

Australia’s Health Service Needs a Cash Boos

Health Minister Tony Abbott in Parliament assured that the Federal Government would provide $47,000 as funding for the Children and District Health Service//. This money would help the community health care provider. This monetary support would help them operate through this difficult transitional period. Health services play a major and integral part of rural Australia and have no prob...

Kidney Disease Is Milking the Government Coffers - Is Australia Notorious for High Rates of Kidney Disease?

The Federal Management has not got its act together to effectively deal with the escalating costs of kidney disease that is soaring// at an alarming rate- of approximately $1 million a week, and is soon turning out to be a problem of the decade. A report by the Sydney-based George Institute for International Health speaks about the in Australia as an outcome of the rise in kidney and u...

Its High Time the Australian Government Takes Steps against Diabetes

Statistics show that about1.4 million Australians have diabetes. New South Wales (NSW) has recorded a 300% increase in the number of people with diabetes// over the past 10 years. Experts have asked the health system and the economy to take some aggressive action against diabetes. Sooner if it continues it is expected that about 2 million will develop the disease. The main reason for th...
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