19 January: Prevention news wrap
By Helen Signy, Senior Communications Officer
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.
Public Health England (PHE) is demanding a “calorie-cap” on supermarket ready meals and fast food dishes.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.