George Institute for Global Health

Over the last decade, the Institute has delivered high-impact evidence from a large program of research and innovation that has influenced health policy and healthcare practice worldwide. From modest beginnings, the founders have built a team of more than 300 staff across centres in Australia, India, China and the United Kingdom. The Institute’s projects now span more than 40 countries worldwide.

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Large and small particulates in fire smoke can irritate the the thin lining of the respiratory tract, causing throat irritation, coughing and breathing difficulties. Erik Anderson/AAP

I’m struggling to breathe with all the bushfire smoke – could I have undiagnosed asthma?

Bushfire smoke is making it difficult for some people to breathe. Those with asthma are at particular risk, but not everyone with the condition has been diagnosed. Here's what to look out for.
Media reports tend to focus on people who drown at the beach. But almost as many people drown in rivers and lakes. Where are the safety messages for them? from www.shutterstock.com

Australia’s spike in summer drownings: what the media misses

Migrants are no more at risk of drowning than Australian-born swimmers but you'd never know from media reports.
Women who have had a heart attack are less likely to be given an angiogram (a special X-ray to detect blockages of the heart), rehabilitation, or medication than men. Shutterstock/Syda Productions

Women who have heart attacks receive poorer care than men

New research shows women receive sub-optimal care after they have a heart attack and are twice as likely than men to die six months after the attack.
Bottleshops affect the health and well-being of people across the suburb, not just the health of people who buy the alcohol. from www.shutterstock.com

Bottleshops affect people’s health, so our laws need to reflect that

There's growing evidence the location and density of bottleshops influences the health and well-being of locals, particularly in disadvantaged areas.
Sometimes people having a mini stroke can experience visual loss, dizziness or vertigo. D. Sinclair Terrasidius/Flickr

A mini stroke is a warning! A stroke may follow

People having a mini stroke can experience a variety of symptoms. The most important are weakness on one side affecting the face, arm or leg – or all three – or speech disturbance.
We need protein and calcium, but shouldn’t have too much fat and salt. So what’s the verdict on cheese? from www.shutterstock.com.au

Health Check: is cheese good for you?

It’s no wonder people are confused about whether it’s good to eat cheese, when even food experts are divided.
Low back pain is one of the leading causes of disability in the world. Kendra/Flickr

Using paracetamol for low back pain does more harm than good

People seeing a doctor for low back pain are often told to take paracetamol. But a study published today shows the drug is ineffective for the condition and its prolonged use has harmful side effects.
A rise in the co-payment for medicines may lead to an increase in the rates of discontinuation for some drugs. Michael Cheng

Hidden cost of increasing drug co-payment poses a high risk

Apart from proposing a co-payment for visiting doctors, the last federal budget also contained a proposal to increase the level of co-payments for medications. The government seems to have given little…
Reducing Australians’ salt intake by 30% could save 7,000 lives a year. Joe Gough/Shutterstock

Salt overload – it’s time to get tough on the food industry

While other nations have successfully reduced their sodium intake, Australians are still eating too much salt. And we’re paying the price with our health; a high-salt diet can lead to high blood pressure…
More than one in ten Indigenous Australian adults report having trouble getting around – and current licensing rules don’t help. ZRyzner/Shutterstock

Indigenous Australians need a licence to drive, but also to work

Tony Abbott spent most of this week in North East Arnhem Land, part of his long-held hope “to be not just the Prime Minister but the Prime Minister for Aboriginal Affairs”. We asked our experts: what stories…
We’re now in the unfortunate situation where the debate around salt has become such a good way of interesting the media that the quality of the data used in it is being forgotten. TheGiantVermin/Flickr

Best to ignore salt claims from studies using unsavoury data

This week, the New England Journal of Medicine published three papers about the effects of salt consumption on health. Their apparently contradictory findings have served to further fuel an unwarranted…
Up to 90% of the population will experience lower back pain over their life time; around 25% will have it on any given day. Flickr: Christian Bucad

Put down the paracetamol, it’s just a placebo for low back pain

People with lower back pain are usually told to take some paracetamol for relief. But research published today shows that this almost universal advice is misguided. Up to 90% of the population will experience…

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