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World Health Organization, 4 September 2019: Health services must integrate a stronger focus on ensuring optimum nutrition at each stage of a person’s life, according to a new report released by WHO.
UQ News, 17 September 2019: A study by researchers at The University of Queensland found children who have access to fixed play equipment like swings and slides and fewer electronic devices were more likely to meet national physical activity guidelines.
Croakey, 16 September 2019: The Australian healthcare sector has been urged to take concerted action to reduce its climate footprint following the release of a global report that names it as one of the world’s worst offenders. The report, Health care’s climate footprint: How the health sector contributes to the global climate crisis and opportunities for action, is the first in a series of climate-related research and policy papers that Health Care Without Harm and its partners aim to produce over the next three years.
Croakey, 16 September 2019: If you want to get a feel for the state of our health system, a visit to a hospital emergency department is a good place to start. Hospital EDs are the one health service that never closes. As a result, any area of failure within the health system shows up, sooner or later, in hospital EDs.
The Conversation, 13 September 2019: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is looking closely at the different flavoured nicotine juices and other substances users may be vaping in e-cigarettes to determine how the aerosol might be affecting users’ lungs.
newsGP, 13 September 2019: Figures from the National Drug Strategy Household Survey show Australians may need to turn their assumptions about the demographics of problem drinking upside down.
The Conversation, 11 September 2019: A UK study finding vegetarianism is associated with a higher risk of stroke than a meat-eating diet has made headlines around the world.
ABC Online, 11 September 2019: The amount of pork-free bacon, tofu-based sausages and other so-called “fake meats” on Australian supermarket shelves is booming, but new research has found eating these foods could pose significant health risks.
The Guardian, 9 September 2019: Monash University study finds those on welfare report ‘stark’ differences in health to those in paid work.
The Guardian, 8 September 2019: The e-cigarettes debate ranges from abstinence to pragmatism: ban it or deal with a device that’s just not going away.
BBC News, 7 September 2019: Physical activity protects against obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and depression the advice says, as well as reduce falls in old age.
The Guardian, 7 September 2019: Activities such as sprinting upstairs are positive for health, with physical activity under-appreciated asset in clinical arsenal, says UK chief medical officer.
SBS, 5 September 2019: It’s time to separate myth from fact and talk home truths about the practical things you can do to lower your risk of type 2 diabetes.
The Conversation UK, 5 September 2019: A recent review of primary school children in Stoke-on-Trent shows that children who are more active perform better in key results in ready, writing and mathematics than less active children.
ABC Life, 4 September 2019: The news that we don’t have to do vigorous exercise to feel the benefits has been a significant selling point.
The Guardian, 4 September 2019: Drink more water, say experts as they argue study proves need for curbs on consumption.
World Health Organization, 4 September 2019: Health services must integrate a stronger focus on ensuring optimum nutrition at each stage of a person’s life, according to a new report released by WHO.
2GB, 3 September 2019: The price of cigarettes has increased with a 12.5 per cent hike in the tobacco excise making Australian cigarettes one of the most expensive in the world. Interview with Emeritus Professor Simon Chapman.
News.com.au, 3 September 2019: Standard fitness and nutrition advice doesn’t work for everyone because it’s based on averages – genes, microbiomes, environments and lifestyles differ widely, and so should diet and exercise habits, according to a new study.
Physicians often fail to discuss healthy lifestyle changes with cancer survivors, according to a new study
Futurity, 3 September 2019: Cancer survivors face increased risks of cardiovascular disease and other conditions, and guidelines advise physicians – including oncologists – to encourage survivors to adopt healthy lifestyles to help protect their long-term health.
NewsMedicalNet, 3 September 2019: A new study has found that an unhealthy lifestyle increases a person’s risk of heart disease significantly more than a person’s genetic make-up. The research showed that physical inactivity, smoking, hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol all played more of a role in young patients with heart disease than genetics.
Emory cardiologist introduces World Heart Federation roadmap on cardiovascular prevention with diabetes
EurekAlert!, 3 September 2019: Cardiologist introduced the World Heart Federation’s new roadmap aimed at reducing the global burden of cardiovascular disease in people living with diabetes at the joint European Society of Cardiology Congress and World Congress of Cardiology.
The Guardian, 3 September 2019: AMA points to ‘clear scientific evidence indicating severe impacts for our patients and communities’.
Inside FMCG, 2 September 2019: Australians consumers are spending 32 per cent of their weekly food budget on quick and easy options.
Medical News Today, 30 August 2019: Researchers used a modified CRISPR gene editing technique to target the fat cells of obese, diabetic mice. After 6 weeks, the animals had lost weight, and makers of type 2 diabetes had improved.
Sydney Morning Herald, 29 August 2019: Close to half of what Australians eat is ‘ultra-processed’ and it is leading to diets which are high in sugar, fat and salt.
Croakey, 29 August 2019: The immense power of Facebook and Google is creating wide-ranging but poorly understood public health challenges – including the marketing of unhealthy commodities such as alcohol, unhealthy food and gambling – as outlined in a recent landmark report from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
ABC News, 29 August 2019: Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner now has the power to allow dry communities who want to, to reintroduce booze, which he says would combat road deaths and crime fuelled by drinking in major townships.
ABC News, 28 August 2019: Every year a new batch of diets becomes trendy but what are the new diets and is there any scientific evidence to support them?
ABC News, 27 August 2019: The latest figures released as part of Australia’s 2019 Annual Overdose Report reveal a dramatic spike in the number of overdose deaths involving heroin or illicit stimulants such at methamphetamine in the last five years. But it’s prescription opioids that continue to cause the majority of overdose deaths; they were involved in 53 per cent of all accident drug induced deaths in 2017.
The Guardian, 27 August 2019: Less than 10% of British teenagers meet the recommended guidelines for sleep, exercise and screen time, research has revealed.
Yarn for Life – the first national cancer awareness campaign developed for and by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Croakey, 26 August 2019: Research from The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has found that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians are 1.1 times as likely to be diagnosed with cancer as non-Indigenous Australians and have lower five-year relative survival compared with non-Indigenous Australians.
New York Times, 26 August 2019: Improving American nutrition would make the biggest impact on our health care.
Business World, 26 August 2019: Alcohol consumption is associated with more than 10% of noncommunicable disease burden worldwide, including liver disease and cancer, with the World Health Organization recently denounced the idea that moderate alcohol consumption is safe.
ABC Health & Wellbeing, 25 August 2019: The Heart Foundation has updated its guidelines of what to eat to reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. For the first time, the organisation has put a specific limit on the amount of red meat Australians should consume: no more than three lean means (totalling 350 grams) of unprocessed beef, pork, lamb or veal a week.
Forbes, 25 August 2019: Blood pressure is a universally understood measure and is an essential clinical measure and a key element in the transition toward preventive health systems.
ABC Health & Wellbeing, 24 August 2019: Weight Watchers has released a new dieting app for kids that claims to teach good behaviours, but many in the nutrition field are not convinced. Is this approach really with the science supports?
The Week 24 August 2019: According to scientists and medical researchers in India, there may be as many as seven subgroups of type 2 diabetes according to which patients can be provided a focused and personalised treatment.
Healthline, 23 August 2019: A new study looks at packaged foods and how healthy they are, with the United Kingdom leading the pack, and the United States and Australia taking silver and bronze, respectively.
New York Times, 23 August 2019: A woman in the United States is the first to die of a mysterious lung illness linked to vaping, as doctors and hospitals across the country report an increasing number of vaping-related respiratory illnesses: 193 cases reported in 23 states.
ABC Health & Wellbeing, 22 August 2019: After watching her mother die from Alzheimer’s disease, Margaret signed up at 80 for the Australian Imaging, Biomarker & Lifestyle (AIBL) study that is helping researchers better understand the factors that lead to Alzheimer’s disease.
BBC News, 21 August 2019: A new study shows that there is a ‘window of opportunity’ for interventions for people in their mid-30s with high blood to protect brain health in later life.
The BMJ Opinion, 21 August 2019: Prolonged sitting is linked to an increased risk for many chronic diseases and premature death. New research shows that any level of movement decreases this risk.
Healthline, 21 August 2019: Experts say lifestyle changes and medications such as statins and omega-3s can lower triglyceride levels.
The New Daily, 21 August 2019: A growing number of people are eating packaged foods and the ramifications for human health are disastrous, according to a global survey by The George Institute of Global Health.
New guidelines to improve care of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at risk of self-harm and suicide
Croakey, 19 August 2019: New best practice guidelines developed by The Menzies School of Health Research recommend that services and practitioners move beyond narrowly clinical focus and take a strengths-based approach to engaging with the social and emotional wellbeing of patients.
The Washington Post, 19 August 2019: Recent research links diets that include ‘ultra-processed’ foods – soft drinks, instant soups, chicken nuggets – to an increased risk of obesity, high blood pressure, irritable bowel syndrome and even cancer.
The Australian 19 August 2019: Australian children are getting more screen time than is recommended for their health and wellbeing, increasing the risk of poorer developmental outcomes.
ABC News 18 August 2019: The Alyawarr people in Central Australia have become the unlikely ground zero in the global fight against a crippling medical condition with wicked genetic links.
ABC Health & Wellbeing 17 August 2019: Ageing well doesn’t have to involve pills or expensive gimmicks. An evidence-based way to add years to your life is to understand how the cells in your body work.
ABC News 17 August 2019: Widespread criticism of the health minister’s vow to spend $20 million cutting Australia’s smoking rate to under 10 per cent by 2025, with claims that the same promise was made a decade ago
newsGP 16 August 2019: Tobacco-control researcher led a submission to include a question in the Australian census about smoking habits
The Conversation 16 August 2019: Australians buy two-thirds of their food and drink at the supermarket. In areas where unhealthy diets are one of the leading contributors to poor health in Australia, the way supermarkets apply discounts needs to change.
ScienceDaily 13 August 2019: Consuming flavonoid-rich foods such as apples and tea protects against cancer and heart disease, particularly for smokers and heavy drinkers.
Monash Lens 12 August 2019: Interview with physiologist, Professor Michael Cowley, about his work in obesity research.
The Guardian, 7 August 2019: Health campaigners raise concerns about the level of influence the alcohol industry exerts on government.
Body & Soul, 6 August 2019: Regular jogging is the most effective type of exercise for managing obesity, according to the five measures.
The Conversation, 5 August 2019: Australian women want to breastfeed but many struggle. And the most disadvantaged face the biggest challenges. Among them are mothers who are involved with the child protection and criminal justice systems, who need extra support. But such support has been lacking.
The National Breastfeeding Strategy is a start, but if we really valued breast milk we’d put it in the GDP
The Conversation, 5 August 2019: If breast milk was made in factories, we’d count it in the GDP.
Croakey, 4 August 2019: The UK Government has released a Green Paper (an official government consultation document) on Prevention. This document sets out the British Government’s position on preventive health and seeks input from the community and stakeholder groups on its proposed approach.
The Guardian, 4 August 2019: A Victorian woman has become the first person to end her life under the state’s new voluntary assisted dying laws.
Croakey, 3 August 2019: Australia’s cancer screening programs have successfully reduced the burden of cancer on our community but it is important that we continue to question their role and evaluate their performance.
ABC, 31 July 2019: Despite killing 9,000 Australians each year, there’s no national screening program for lung cancer like those available for breast, cervical and bowel cancers.
The Guardian, 31 July 2019: ‘Insidious’ health-related impacts in Australia and Pacific include lowered cognitive capacity and spread of diseases.
The Guardian, 31 July 2019: I drank to pretend my life was more interesting. Feeling slow or a little sad in the mornings was so normal I barely noticed it.
Croakey, 31 July 2019: The physical health and wellbeing of people with mental illness has long been neglected.
RACGP, 30 July 2019: A new report labels Australia a ‘best practice’ country, yet smoking rates are stagnant and lung cancer remains a leading cause of death.
Australian Academy of Science, 29 July 2019: Nourishing Australia: a decadal plan for the science of nutrition, developed by the Australian Academy of Science, outlines four essential areas where the science of nutrition will contribute to enhancing the health of Australians.
The Guardian, 29 July 2019: Neuroscientist Shane O’Mara believes that plenty of regular walking unlocks the cognitive powers of the brain like nothing else. He explains why you should exchange your gym kit for a pair of comfy shoes and get strolling.
ABC, 28 July 2019: Dozens of Victorians shared their painful and powerful stories during the state’s royal commission into its broken mental health system. Commissioners now have the difficult task of finding a way forward.
The Guardian, 28 July 2019: Families grappling with gambling addiction say it needs to be treated as a public health issue, with more training for doctors to identify those at risk.
Salon, 27 July 2019: At turns lauded and vilified, the humble egg is an example of everything wrong with nutrition studies.
ABC, 27 July 2019: Most Australian adults will have at least an occasional drink and about half of us are regular drinkers. But it’s easy to underestimate the health impacts, and experts believe there is too much risky drinking.
ABC, 26 July 2019: Australia’s plan for tackling alcohol abuse and harm has been compromised because of meddling from the alcohol industry, health experts have warned.
WHO, 26 July 2019: But a new WHO report shows many countries are still not adequately implementing policies, including helping people quit tobacco, that can save lives from tobacco.
The Guardian, 25 July 2019: As North Sydney became the first council in Australia to vote to ban smoking in all public places within its CBD, the area’s dwindling number of smokers greeted the vote with despair.
Brisbane Times, 25 July 2019: Two-thirds of adults in Queensland are overweight or obese along with a quarter of all kids, shocking new figures show.
Science Daily, 25 July 2019: University students who used their smartphones five or more hours a day had a 43% increased risk of obesity and were more likely to have other lifestyle habits that increase the risk of heart disease.
Croakey, 24 July 2019: AMA President Tony Bartone has thrown down the gauntlet on prevention, urging the newly-elected Morrison government to “just do it” on taxation of sugar-sweetened beverages and a volumetric alcohol levy, a preventative health promotion agency and national strategies on obesity and drinking.
The Sydney Morning Herald, 24 July 2019: Diet and simple dental hygiene habits are really the best way of ensuring good oral health and reducing the cost of dental care.
Croakey, 24 July 2019: Recognising and addressing the post-colonial, intergenerational determinants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and supporting community-led solutions will be key to tackling “alarming” Indigenous suicide rates, former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard said in an impassioned public address this week.
The Telegraph (UK), 23 July 2019: Scientists from Imperial College London and UCLouvain in Belgium developed an algorithm which found that anonymous databases, which are often used by technology companies and healthcare services to share data that doesn’t include people’s real names, could be “de-anonymised.”
The Sydney Morning Herald, 23 July 2019: Last week’s revelation that drug companies saturated the United States with 76 billion pain pills over seven years shows that no corner of the country escaped the drug crisis.
Croakey, 22 July 2019: As a standoff shapes up over the declaration of a climate crisis in the conservative NSW Riverina town of Wagga Wagga, where flooding, droughts and bushfires have all had an impact in recent years, grassroots action and people power are emerging as the catalyst for change amid political deadlock.
Lancet Public Health, 22 July 2019: As female athletes challenge inequalities over pay and investment and shift social expectations, could their example be used to tackle the gender gap in physical activity in the wider population?
Talking Aged Care, 22 July 2019: Thirteen projects focussing on risk reduction, prevention and tracking of dementia, will receive $21 million in funding from the Australian Government, including an Australian first project that will use electronic record data to map the prevalence of dementia.
The Sydney Morning Herald, 22 July 2019: The downward trend in physical movement has been exacerbated by a misperception among parents and educators that allocating time for students to be active at school will affect their academic performance.
The Sydney Morning Herald, 21 July 2019: The Royal Australasian College of Physicians is calling on the Berejkilian government to introduce a minimum price on alcohol in a bid to reduce drinking related harm in NSW.
The Sydney Morning Herald, 22 July 2019: A Chronic Pain Australia survey also found that many people living with chronic pain continued to face high levels of stigma, with more than 70 per cent saying they had felt judged.
The Sydney Morning Herald, 21 July 2019: Australians are dying at their lowest rate on record, but data shows more people are dying of dementia and Alzheimer’s than ever before.
Griffith News, 19 July 2019: Failure of the global health community to prioritise the global burden of oral health has led to calls from Lancet Series authors for the radical reform of dental care, tightened regulation of the sugar industry, and greater transparency around conflict of interests in dental research.
The Sydney Morning Herald, 19 July 2019: Experts call for measures like a sugar tax to help in the fight against tooth decay but face opposition from both governments and the sugar industry.
ABC, 19 July 2019: A new app to gauge a person’s drinking habits is expected to give a more accurate picture of alcohol consumption than a consultation with a health professional.
The Sydney Morning Herald, 19 July 2019: Women are increasingly suffering “deaths of despair”, a new study shows, with only the wealthiest shielded from the rise in suicides, overdoses, and deaths from potentially preventable causes.
The Guardian, 18 July 2019: A lesser-known cousin to Dry July, FebFast or Movember, Junk Free June is the idea that for a month you get sponsored not to eat junk food.
British Medical Journal, 17 July 2019: Will categorising obesity as a disease encourage people to seek treatment – or would medicalisation be disempowering and reduce motivation?
news.com.au, 17 July 2019: Australians with mental illness could experience a 20-year lower life expectancy than the rest of the population, a new report has warned.
People with mental illness experience poorer physical health, and the gap may be getting worse, experts say
ABC, 17 July 2019: The physical health challenges experienced by people with mental illness – including obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease – are contributing to years of lost life, a new report finds.
Croakey, 17 July 2019: Harnessing the enormous power of informatics to create systems that use the data often already at hand, could make a difference in the individual lives of older Australians and their carers.
Croakey, 17 July 2019: Are the two nutritional ills of low fruit and vegetable consumption, and drinking sugar sweetened beverages, linked?
Science Daily, 16 July 2019: A molecular “trick” that kept our ancient ancestors from starving may now be contributing to the obesity epidemic, a new study finds.
World Health Organization, 15 July 2019: An estimated 820 million people did not have enough to eat in 2018, up from 811 million in the previous year, which is the third year of increase in a row. This underscores the immense challenge of achieving the Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger by 2030, says a new edition of the annual The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report.
The Sydney Morning Herald, 16 July 2019: Being harassed, bothered, called names, or otherwise insulted is among a number of forms of second-hand drinking harm, the impact of which researchers are only just starting to capture.
ABC, 14 July 2019: Medical professionals warn a ‘silent’ diabetes epidemic is overwhelming hospitals and causing preventable deaths because the disease is not taken seriously.
Croakey, 14 July 2019: Indigenous concepts of wellbeing share common themes globally, and should inform initiatives such as the Wellbeing Budget of Aotearoa/New Zealand, delegates at the recent International Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Conference were told.
The Guardian, 14 July 2019: NSW premier sidesteps questions about a link between excessive police presence and young people swallowing multiple pills.
The Sydney Morning Herald, 12 July 2019: Even if you consider yourself healthy, you could still dramatically benefit from mild reductions in your calorie intake, a new study suggests.
ABC, 12 July 2019: Most Australians are aware of the cancer risk associated with smoking, unprotected sun exposure and asbestos — but what about drinking alcohol?
The Conversation, 12 July 2019: Gut microbiota are better predictors of belly fat than diet.
The Sydney Morning Herald, 12 July 2019: A study carefully tracked how much people ate and moved after starting to exercise, found that many of them failed to lose or even gained weight while exercising, because they also reflexively changed their lives in other, subtle ways.
The Guardian, 11 July 2019: Yes, we must tackle obesity: but let’s do it without the kind of heartless reporting and hurtful language that held me back.
The Sydney Morning Herald, 11 July 2019: People who regularly drink sugary beverages may have an increased the risk of cancer, new research suggests.
Croakey,11 July 2019: Public health advocates advise that the National Alcohol Strategy is locked in a stalemate, with some jurisdictions involved in the Ministerial Drug and Alcohol Forum refusing to endorse the latest iteration of the document.
ABC, 10 July 2019: A pharmaceutical giant owned by the Sackler family in the United States is using flaws in regulation to push its latest product deep into regional Australia.
Croakey, 10 July 2019: The movement to green cities has many potential health benefits but requires wider institutional support within local governments and metropolitan water and planning agencies.
The New Daily, 9 July 2019: Just how healthy is Australia’s preventative health system, and are our governments spending enough to adequately protect against future disease outbreaks?
The Conversation, 9 July 2019: Finnish children and their other Nordic counterparts outperform most other highly developed nations when it comes to children’s physical activity levels and obesity rates. So what can Australia’s school system learn from the Nordic approach to physical education?
The Sydney Morning Herald, 8 July 2019: The federal government has committed funding towards six medical research projects focused on improving the health profile of ageing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.