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19 January: Prevention news wrap

By Helen Signy, Senior Communications Officer

Dr Joe Kosterich: day of reckoning coming for dodgy food research

When public health academics, researchers and impressively named groups make claims, we assume they are experts who know what they are talking about. When they have not disclosed their financial ties to companies who benefit from these claims, we have a big problem.

Plans to ‘calorie-cap’ fast food and supermarket meals to be considered by Public Health England

Public Health England (PHE) is demanding a “calorie-cap” on supermarket ready meals and fast food dishes.

What anti-vaccination groups tell us about Facebook’s filter bubbles

In a recent paper, Naomi Smith, a digital sociologist at Federation University, examined the anti-vaccination movement’s activity on Facebook and asked, among other things, whether it acted as some kind of “conspiracy-style” echo chamber.

Antidepressants not always effective in people with chronic disease

Some antidepressants may not offer much relief for people who battle both depression and a chronic disease, according to research in Journal of the American Medical Association.

Pharmacy lobby groups make final push for change as over-the-counter codeine ban looms

Codeine-containing medicines will be up-scheduled from February 1, but powerful pharmacy groups remain undeterred and focused in their efforts to see state health ministers rework certain elements and make exceptions.

Breastfeeding for six months slashes type 2 diabetes risk by 47 per cent, study shows 

US researchers analysed data from women who enrolled in a heart health study more than 30 years ago, and whose lifestyles and health were monitored throughout that time. They found that those who had breastfed their children for at least six months were 47 per cent less likely to have developed type 2 diabetes during the three decades compared to mothers who did not breastfeed.

Australia’s healthcare system contributing to 7% of nation’s carbon footprint

Australia’s healthcare system is contributing more than 7% of the nation’s carbon footprint, with hospitals and pharmaceutical companies forming the bulk of health-related emissions, an analysis led by the University of Sydney has found.

The devastating effects of Trumpism on science and medicine (amongst other matters)

In our hyper-connected world, President Trump’s statements and actions in undermining science, evidence and experts have far-reaching effects, according to a retired senior academic, clinician and public health advocate, Emeritus Professor John Dwyer.