What could genomic medicine do in the future?
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Although genomics research has the potential to revolutionize medicine, it has limitations. It may not do much to prevent many of the leading causes of death.
There should be a tax on sugary drinks and people need assistance to quit.
A collaboration of Australia's leading scientists, clinicians and health organisations announce ten priority policy actions needed for Australia to reach its health targets by the year 2025.
Health Insurers should be offering insurance that covers primary care, Paolucci argues.
Business Briefing: treat the cause not the symptoms of problems with private health insurance
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If customers are questioning the value of private health insurance its because of the way the system is distorted by government incentives.
Marketers take advantage of the fact that children sometimes can't recognise the difference between product placement and advertising.
Unhealthy lifestyles lead to chronic diseases later in life.
Almost three in four Australian children consume too much sugar, 91.5% of young people don't get enough exercise, and we're among the most obese people in the world.
Men and women living in areas of highest socioeconomic disadvantage have a 29% higher risk of being obese.
The government's focus on treating chronic disease neglects the importance of obesity and the benefits of preventive health measures tailored to gender and socioeconomic circumstances.
People with a chronic illness find it challenging to keep to their medication regime.
Patients with chronic illness need support and encouragement to take their medications. SMS messaging is a simple, cheap and seemingly effective way to keep them on track.
About a million Australians now have diabetes.
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Better primary care could have prevented more than a quarter-of-a-million hospital admissions for health problems such as diabetes each year.
Almost two-thirds of over-65s have three or more diagnosed chronic conditions.
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Over-65s use twice as many health resources as the average Australian. But it's worth the expense.
The federal minister for Health, Sussan Ley, sourced her assertion to AIHW data.
Federal health minister, Sussan Ley, said that one in two Australians is now suffering from a chronic disease. Is that right?
Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological conditions in the world.
Saying someone has epilepsy is a little like saying they're ill. Its cause can vary from a brain tumour to an inherited genetic condition, the consequence of injury or a disorder affecting the brain.
Older people are more likely to drop out of the workforce for good when they’re sick than young people.
Economic modelling shows that policies to reduce chronic diseases can have large economic benefits –A$4.5 billion a year for diabetes alone – by reducing health costs and boosting the workforce.
Public hospital funding is in a critical condition.
Any health reform proposals should start by addressing public hospitals and chronic care. But successful change in these areas requires getting the state-Commonwealth funding and incentives right.
Research in mice shows emulsifiers damage the gastrointestinal barrier, allowing bugs to enter the body.
Have you ever wondered what those food additive numbers included in the ingredients list on your food packing were really doing to your body?
Despite widespread condemnation, Tony Abbott has defended suggesting people living in remote communities are making a ‘lifestyle choice.’
Abbott's claim that people in remote communities are making a "lifestyle choice" reveals an underlying view that social circumstances are the responsibility of individuals, rather than societies.
New Zealand’s got more for export than lamb and All Blacks.
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Discussions of erectile function can be challenging but it’s important for more than your sex life.
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