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2 February: Prevention news wrap

By Helen Signy, Senior Communications Officer

A future of better pain management without codeine awaits Australia

Codeine is old hat yet still widely used in the community. We need better informed consumers with better educated and supported GPs and pharmacists.

30-year early warning system: the blood test that has the potential to detect people at risk of Alzheimer’s disease

Australian and Japanese scientists have developed the world’s first blood test that has the potential to accurately identify people at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease up to 30 years before full-blown symptoms emerge.

Pessimus sabbati: the tobacco and vaping industries’ worst week

Tobacco companies have had a “week from hell” in the US, as an influential report found scant evidence to support the benefits of vaping, and raised substantial concerns that it is a gateway to smoking and company Philip Morris suffered a setback in its marketing plans.

Sugar tax and the power of big business: How influence trumps evidence in politics 

Despite the mountains of evidence pointing to the public health benefits of adopting this fiscal approach, powerful vested interests have muddied the waters and convinced politicians to go against the prevailing evidence.

Scientists Discover a Bone-Deep Risk for Heart Disease 

Few doctors, and even fewer patients, have heard of CHIP. But it is emerging as a major cause of heart attacks and stroke, as deadly as high blood pressure or cholesterol.

$1.3 million: The lifetime cost of each young Australian diagnosed with cancer revealed 

A new report by not-for-profit CanTeen and Deloitte shows for the first time the lifetime cost for each young Australian diagnosed with cancer is $1.3 million. This includes $134,600 in health system costs, $418,700 in productivity costs, such as absenteeism, and $644,500 in “burden of disease” costs, such as pain and premature death.

Australian men eating twice as much salt they should, study finds 

Australian men are still eating almost twice the amount of salt they should every day – and Australian women aren’t too far behind. A new study suggests health warnings about the link between high-salt diets and cardiovascular disease simply have not worked.

One cigarette a day ‘increases heart disease and stroke risk’ 

People who smoked even one cigarette a day are still about 50% more likely to develop heart disease and 30% more likely to have a stroke than people who have never smoked.

More children are starting school depressed and anxious – without help, it will only get worse 

Using the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children researchers have found that when children are transitioning to starting school, 14% have high levels of emotional problems, including depression and anxiety.

Large study confirms sixfold increase in heart attack risk

A bad case of the flu can cause a sixfold increase in the risk of a patient having a heart attack within a week, according to a study involving 20,000 people with laboratory-confirmed influenza.