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Must-read articles about prevention
JAMA Network, May 15: On May 7, all US chain restaurants with 20 or more locations—and that includes coffee shops, bakeries, and movie theaters that sell food—had to start posting the calorie content of their menu items. But will it work?
SBS, May 11: A new parliamentary inquiry will examine the impacts of Australians’ bulging waistlines. The Senate has voted to establish the select committee, with the idea put forward by Greens leader and medical doctor Richard Di Natale. The inquiry will look at the causes of rising levels of obese and overweight people in Australia and how the issue affects children.
Croakey, May 9: The recent Public Health Prevention Conference 2018 was too close to the Federal Budget to make a difference to the Budget outcomes, but it was just close enough to provide a vivid contrast to the Budget, which will not be remembered as particularly auspicious for public health and equity.
The Conversation, May 8: The winners of this year’s health budget are aged care, rural health and medical research.
Croakey, May 8: This post compiles reaction to health-related measures in the Federal Budget, regarding the social determinants of health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, climate change, public health and prevention, healthcare reform, mental health, aged care, rural and remote health, the NDIS, and medical research.
The Conversation, 8 May 2018: New research shows that children who live in greener neighbourhoods are less likely to develop asthma, and that the more diverse the plant life is, the more they are protected.
The Guardian, 7 May 2018: If we really want to fix our obesity problems, we have to make it easier for everyone to eat right.
The Sydney Morning Herald, 6 May 2018: Smoking killed 179 people in their 30s and 40s in 2011 according to a new report from the Victorian health department.
Croakey, 4 May 2018: There is a clear need for a sugar-sweetened beverage tax and a national strategy to reduce obesity, but why does Big Food hold such a powerful grip on Australian food and nutrition policy?
Croakey, 2 May 2018: Researchers from Curtin University have found a third of all advertising in bus shelters within 500m from schools were for unhealthy products, and more than half of these promoted junk food.
Croakey, 2 May 2018: In not much more than a generation, we have transitioned from a world in which infectious diseases were the greatest health challenge to one in which multiple chronic illnesses and disability are the biggest threat.
ABC, 30 April 2018: Australia is now one of the fattest nations on Earth. Despite this, we still have no national obesity strategy.
MJA InSight, 30 April 2018: Political complacency in recent years has led to lack of action and allowed distractions to dominate the public and policy arenas.
SBS News, 27 April 2018: You might be feeling ‘fit and fat’ now, but a leading expert says that if you are obese, it’ll only be a matter of time before obesity-related health problems catch up with you.
The Conversation, 24 April 2018: How can exercise, meditation and hypnosis change our brains and potentially prevent disease?
SBS News, 24 April 2018: A new study has found young children who were exposed to moderate to high levels of caffeine in the womb are more likely to gain excess weight.
ABC Online, 23 April 2018: The vast majority of Australians living with clinically severe obesity cannot access specialist healthcare in the public hospital system, a study has found.
The Conversation, 23 April 2018: With many countries introducing a sugar tax to improve the health of their citizens, food and drink companies are changing their products to include sweeteners instead of sugar. However, there is growing evidence that sweeteners may have health consequences of their own.
Science Daily, 23 April 2018: Regular physical activity may help older women increase their mobility, but muscle strength and endurance are likely to succumb to the effects of frailty if they haven’t also been doing resistance training.
ABC, 22 April 2018: The Federal Government is ordering aged-care homes to offer staff a flu vaccination this year after last year’s deadly influenza season saw about 1000 people aged over 65 die of influenza-related complications.
NT royal commission: ‘Record investment’ to reform ‘broken’ NT child protection and youth justice system
ABC, 20 April 2018: More than 200 recommendations from the royal commission into youth detention and child protection are to be funded by the NT Government, in a bid to reform the Territory’s “broken” youth justice system.
The Sydney Morning Herald, 19 April 2018: One in five mums smoked during pregnancy in the western Queensland primary health network area, according to figures released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
The Conversation, 18 April 2018: A series of papers published this week in The Lancet argues women’s health in the months and years before they become pregnant can impact on their health during pregnancy and the baby’s development.
The Conversation, 17 April 2018: Greens leader Richard Di Natale has proposed cannabis should be legalised and sold in plain packaging, with its wholesale distribution monopolised by a new government agency. So what are the pros and cons of legalising cannabis?
The Conversation, 17 April 2018: Reducing the threshold for diagnosing high blood pressure to a systolic reading of 130mmHg, as recommended by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, is likely to harm up to 80% of those newly diagnosed, says an analysis in JAMA Internal Medicine.
The Sydney Morning Herald, 15 April 2018: Never before has a tax been such an instant success. I am talking about what happened in Britain last Friday. That’s when new so-called sugar tax sprung into life, with much of its work already done.