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Must-read articles about prevention
The Conversation, 6 December 2019: People with obesity, high blood sugar, high blood pressure or high cholesterol are often advised to eat less and move more, but new research suggests there is now another simple tool to fight off these diseases: restricting eating time to a daily 10-hour window.
2 December–9 December 2019
ABC News, 9 December 2019: Researchers say they were surprised by the rate of wet cough, which can lead to chronic lung conditions, in WA’s Kimberley. But locals say the way the study was carried out will leave a lasting, positive legacy.
The Guardian, 8 December 2019: A group of 23 doctors from the Torres Strait and northern Cape York is demanding action to protect remote Indigenous communities from a looming health emergency caused by climate change with low-lying islands and high rates of chronic disease making the population particularly vulnerable.
ABC News, 6 December 2019: The message from authorities is simple: stay indoors and limit your exposure. But while that might work for a day or two, what happens when it becomes the new norm?
The Conversation, 6 December 2019: People with obesity, high blood sugar, high blood pressure or high cholesterol are often advised to eat less and move more, but new research suggests there is now another simple tool to fight off these diseases: restricting eating time to a daily 10-hour window.
Sydney Morning Herald, 5 December 2019: A group of 22 patient advocacy groups join forces to lobby the government to consider patients earlier and more often when developing health policy.
The Mandarin, 6 December 2019: Last year, a decision of a committee auspiced under the COAG Health council proposed segregated Indigenous waiting areas in the emergency departments of NSW public hospitals with the policy suggesting a link between Indigenous participation in health care and the design of health-care spaces.
The Mandarin, 5 December 2019: Leaders from across the public and private sectors, and academia have come together to discuss delivering great policy advice as last month the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Institute of Public Administration Australia launched the Delivery Great Policy initiative.
The Guardian, 3 December 2019: A recent World Health Organization report highlights that women fill a staggering 70 per cent of healthcare roles but only a quarter of senior roles. In Australia when a prominent medical journal recently asked if there was gender equity in medicine, many Australian female doctors flatly said no.
25 November–2 December 2019
UNSW News, 2 December 2019: Researchers have shown why people with intellectual disability experience lower life expectancy and suggest better public health could improve outcomes.
ABC News, 29 November 2019: Taking vitamin D or calcium supplements? They’re probably not benefiting you and could even be doing you harm. Here’s what you should know.
Sydney Morning Herald, 29 November 2019: The alcohol lobby has launched a fresh offensive against the regulator’s mandatory pregnancy warning labels, claiming it will cost manufacturers $600 million to redesign their products.
croakey, 29 November 2019: Victoria is set to introduce a mental health ‘tax’, create a new community-controlled focus on social and emotional wellbeing for Aboriginal Victorians, establish the state’s first residential mental health service designed and run by people with lived experience, and greatly expand the consumer and carer workforce.
Sydney Morning Herald, 28 November 2019: Exposure to tiny air pollution particles like the ones in bushfire smoke is sending people to hospital for a multitude of newly identified reasons including sepsis and urinary tract infections.
Blue Mountains Gazette, 28 November 2019: Indigenous communities throughout the Nepean Blue Mountains region now have increased access to mental health, drug and alcohol counselling delivered by Aboriginal health professionals.
Xinhua, 27 November 2019: Scientists in the United States have detected new genetic clues about hibernation, which may lead to better understanding and treatment of obesity and metabolic disorders.
Sydney Morning Herald, 27 November 2019: A report published by the Bureau of Health Information looked at mortality rates 30 days after patients were admitted to a NSW public hospital for heart attack, ischaemic stroke, haemorrhagic stroke, congestive heart failure, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and hip fracture surgery.
SBS News, 27 November 2019: Mission Australia’s Youth Survey Report 2019 has found that mental health is the most pressing issue for Australia’s young people, closely followed by climate change.
SBS News, 25 November 2019: Researchers are calling on the Australian government to require better reporting of results on females in medical trials, with women being ignored too often.
The Medical Journal of Australia, 25 November 2019: Australia needs to align with other nations and implement sex and gender analysis in health and medical research, according to a report published in MJA.
18–25 November 2019
Bicycling Australia: 25 November 2019: The Australian Bureau of Statistics reports almost 7 million people drive to work every day meaning for every bike commuter there are 56 car commuters on the road. Company schemes help to reduce this divide increasing cycling participation; helping to resolve congestion, improving health outcomes and positively impacting the environment.
ABC News, 25 November 2019: Dementia affects more than 400,000 Australians and is the country’s second-biggest cause of death and experts are warning of a dementia “tsunami” in the coming years.
Sydney Morning Herald, 25 November 2019: More than one in seven Australians have full-blown insomnia, but the vast majority aren’t getting diagnosed or treated for sleep disorder linked to heart disease, diabetes and depression.
Academics in the bush to address health inequities: Does inequity in our own backyard need to be addressed first?
croakey, 24 November 2019: Rural health workforce shortages are a familiar challenge in addressing the health gap between rural and urban Australians. The focus is on providers of healthcare but shortages also impact the rural health university sector, responsible for training the next generation of rural health professionals.
ABC News, 23 November 2019: Nine out of 10 Australian teens don’t get the recommended hour a day of physical activity with the nations towards the bottom of global activity rankings. Families, schools, communities and governments all have a role to play.
Sydney Morning Herald: 23 November 2019: More than 14 million people in Australia are overweight or obese, including two thirds of adults and a quarter of children.
Sydney Morning Herald, 22 November 2019: Every day, a new headline comes out stating that exercise is good for us. We are told that adults aged 18 to 64 should be doing some physical activity every day, in addition to about 2.5 to 5 hours of moderate intensity physical activity or 75 to 150 minutes of vigorous intensity physical activity, each week.
The Conversation, 22 November 2019: A global report looking at physical activity among 11-17 year olds has found 89% of young Australians don’t get enough physical activity. This puts us towards the very bottom of the pile.
SMH, 21 November 2019: New research, presented this week at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions, found the more ultra-processed foods in our diet, the worse our heart health is.
ABC Online, 21 November 2019: Tracking the microclimates of specific suburbs found they were exposed to more extreme heat than recorded by the Bureau of Meteorology.
The Conversation, 20 November 2019: No matter how much you weigh, there are many benefits to starting exercise, from a reduced risk of heart disease to better mental health.
Sydney Morning Herald, 19 November 2019: The most comprehensive study of its kind has found no link between statins and cognitive decline. In fact, it has found the opposite: the widely prescribed medication could help protect at-risk patients from dementia.
11–18 November 2019
ABC RN Ockham’s Razor, 17 November 2019: Professor Louise Baur is a physician specialising in obesity-related disease. She is collaborating with mathematicians, philosophers and economists to treat obesity.
croakey, 15 November 2019: Two new reports published in The Lancet and The Medical Journal of Australia have presented a bleak picture of the world’s response to the climate crisis, calling for an urgent escalation of mitigation and adaptation efforts.
ABC News, 15 November 2019: Vaping-related illnesses have killed 39 people and made more than 2,000 others sick — and we might be one step closer to understanding why.
Research funding announcements have become a political tool, creating crippling uncertainty for academics
The Conversation, 15 November 2019: Uncertainty for researchers has been made even worse by delays in announcements of government funding – delays that appear to be caused by government using announcements for political advantage.
ScienceDaily, 14 November 2019: Women are more likely to survive a stroke but have worse disability and poorer quality of life afterwards compared to men, according to new research.
MedicalNewsToday, 13 November 2019: A new study has found a link between lower muscle mass and a higher risk of cardiovascular events — at least in males aged 45 and over. This association, the research indicates, is valid even for males with no history of heart disease.
Katherine Times, 12 November 2019: Almost 70% of Australian adults are overweight or obese. It is projected that more than 18 million Australians – two thirds of the population – will be overweight or obese by 2030. COAG Health Council is developing a national health strategy with Territorians the first to weigh in.
ABC News, 12 November 2019: Australian customers are confused by an inconsistent Health Star Rating System, according the nation’s largest consumer advocacy group, which has accused food manufacturers of “gaming” the scheme by picking and choosing which products to put stars on.
croakey, 11 November 2019: Earlier this year residents of Santa Teresa, a remote Indigenous community near Alice Springs, were awarded compensation, after bringing an action against the NT government for the poor state of their housing.
ABC News, 11 November 2019: Although Australia is a land often devastated by drought, if you live in the city, it’s very unlikely that you’ll turn on the tap and find no water comes out. And given about 70% of Australians live in major cities, it’s easy to forget just how good most of us have it. It’s important to note that not all Australians have access to safe drinking water.
Sydney Morning Herald, 12 November 2019: A University of Queensland study of the exercise habits of 1.7 million adults published in the journal Obesity, found people who did aerobic training or weights alone reduced their obesity risk by about one third.
ScienceDaily, 11 November 2019: Having a heart attack may increase the risk of developing cancer. A high 10-year atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) risk score tripled the risk of developing cancer.
4–11 November 2019
MedicalNewsToday, 10 November 2019: A fat molecule found only in avocados shows signs of strengthening insulin sensitivity, according to research in mice.
The Guardian, 10 November 2019: Easy-to-access activities that help reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and the risk of heart disease.
ABC News, 9 November 2019: South Australia’s first remote dialysis clinic in the APY lands after years of campaigning by the community means patients that previously had to travel hundreds of kilometres for treatment are back home with their families after months of living off-country.
National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, 9 November 2019: The federal government is investing an additional $90 million over three years under the Indigenous Australians’ Health Programme (IAHP) to further support the delivery of culturally appropriate, comprehensive primary health care.
7News.com.au, 8 November 2019: Older people should up their exercise levels once they hit 60 to help cut their risk of heart attack and stroke, new research suggests.
ScienceDaily, 6 November 2019: People who have trouble sleeping may be more likely to have a stroke, heart attack or other cardiovascular diseases, according to a new study.
The Guardian, 6 November 2019: A statement issued by dozens of scientists and endorsed by a further 11,000 from 153 nations sets out the ‘vital’ signs as indicators of the magnitude of the current climate emergency, stating that most countries’ climate plans are ‘totally inadequate’.
The Guardian, 6 November 2019: Researchers find link between tobacco cigarettes and depression and schizophrenia.
The Guardian, 5 November 2019: Most deprived parts of England have lost six times as much funding as prosperous areas. England’s poorest communities have borne the brunt of almost £900M of cuts to public health spending, despite them having higher rates of disease, research shows.
Sydney Morning Herald, 5 November 2019: According to a new study from Victoria University any amount of regular running, even as little as 50 minutes a week, can dramatically reduce the risk of death.
UN Dispatch, 5 November 2019: With just 10 more years to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, 43 countries are still facing “serious” levels of hunger, and five have hit “alarming” or “extremely alarming” level, according to the latest annual Global Hunger Index.
Croakey, 4 November 2019: The Productivity Commission’s draft report on mental health is 1,238 pages and wide-ranging – making recommendations beyond the health system, including housing, policing, workplaces, prisons, workers compensation and schools, but has it addressed how sectors beyond health can contribute to improved population mental health?
28 October–4 November 2019
Sydney Morning Herald, 3 November 2019: The options when it comes to health apps are seemingly endless, but experts have warned they can be ineffective and inaccurate, and users are also risking the privacy of their personal data.
The Conversation, 2 November 2019: Heart disease causes an estimated 31 per cent of all deaths worldwide each year. While the condition is often associated with older adults, rising childhood inactivity and poor fitness levels mean that the risk factors associated with heart disease are more common among teenagers.
Regional hospitals compared with third world as doctors put pressure on NSW Government to call for judicial enquiry
ABC News, 1 November 2019: Five doctors wrote to NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard asking him to set up an inquiry with the powers of a Royal Commission to look at postcode disadvantages when it comes to healthcare, saying regional people deserve the same care as people in capital cities.
ABC News, 1 November 2019: Getting measles is even more dangerous than doctors had realised, because it destroys immunity that the victim has acquired to other diseases, according to two new studies published by British and American researchers.
Sydney Morning Herald, 1 November 2019: While we lead the world in community awareness of mental health issues, our efforts to deliver a coherent set of health, education, employment, housing and social services for the affected has not been achieved.
Sydney Morning Herald, 31 October 2019: New research from the Barker Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne now suggest exposure to BPA – Bisphenol A is the controversial chemical used to make certain plastics, including those in some disposable water bottles and plastic takeaway containers – increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Three in four people with a mental illness develop symptoms before age 25 – we need a stronger focus on prevention
The Conversation, 31 October 2019: The Productivity Commission which the government tasked with looking at the impact of mental health on economic participation and productivity draft report reveals 3.9 million of us are living with mental illness, and it’s costing the country an estimated $500 million per day.
Scientific American, 29 October 2019: Facebook took a step into preventive medicine, rolling out a new tool to encourage users to get flu shots as well as appropriate cancer screenings and heart health tests. But the success of the new product may depend on whether the social media giant can regain consumers’ trust.
The Conversation, 29 October 2019: Australia’s guidelines on alcohol consumption are undergoing review by the National Health and Medical Research Council, with new draft guidelines expected to be released in November 2019.
University of Queensland News, 29 October 2019: The way Pacific Island communities on the frontline of climate change are experiencing and working through loss and grief is being documented in a project that could become a ‘wake-up call’ for the rest of the world.
21-28 October 2019
Politicians talk about social determinants of health and prevention at Rural Medicine Australia Conference
croakey, 28 October 2019: Political leaders called for a greater focus on tackling the social determinants of health in and increased in investment in preventing illness and suffering in rural and regional health.
MedicalNewsToday, 28 October 2019: New evidence from a large dataset suggests that obesity increases health risks for everyone and women and men are predisposed to different obesity related-conditions.
The Conversation, 25 October 2019: A new poll revealing Australians are divided over whether the nation’s universities have too many foreign students, shows that people have a great deal more confidence in universities and schools and those who staff them than they have in major companies, the public service, the federal government or the press.
Croakey, 25 October 2019: Drought-stricken towns in Australia are awaiting of a billion dollar federal stimulus, as some prepare for an ‘unimaginable’ water crisis from drought worsened by climate change, and the implications for health.
ABC News, 24 October 2019: NT Health Department figures show about 50,000 adults in the Territory smoke, calling for new laws to treat e-cigarettes the same as conventional tobacco products.
Sydney Morning Herald, 23 October 2019: Young Australians who believe smoking will not harm them as long as they quit by age 30 are underestimating the dangers, the Cancer Council warms as official data shows a spike in lung diseases and other illnesses among ex-smokers.
newsGP, 23 October 2019: A new report from the National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University, provides the first update on smoking costs in Australia in 15 years, while detailing that tangible and intangible costs associated with smoking now sit at $136.9 billion annually, up from an estimated $31.5 billion in 2004–05.
BBC News, 23 October 2019: As a side-effect of the rise in childhood obesity, an increasing number of children are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes – particularly, in some UK cities, in the Asian community. Will the NHS consider an approach now being tried in the US, and offer these children bariatric surgery?
New Atlas, 23 October 2019: A new study, led by researchers from the University of Cambridge, has uncovered distinct differences in brain structure in obese children compared to those of normal weight.
Healthline, 21 October 2019: People with overweight or obesity are more likely to experience asthma or wheezing. A new study finds that fat deposits may appear in the airway walls of the lungs altering the structure of the airways.
ABC News, 21 October 2019: Anxiety has been implicated in several chronic illnesses, including respiratory disorders and gastrointestinal conditions. One of its most concerning potential long-term impacts is on the heart.
The Guardian, 21 October 2019: Tobacco companies have been accused of undermining plain packaging laws by introducing gimmicks that ensure their cigarettes stand out from rival products but do not breach regulations.
14–21 October 2019
UNSW Sydney Newsroom, 17 October 2019: A new UNSW study has found that most adult Indigenous Australians are not receiving free flu and pneumococcal vaccinations.
University of Sydney News and Opinion, 16 October 2019: Students who take part in physical exercises during school lessons do better in tests than peers who stick to sedentary learning, according to a new study.
These 3 factors predict a child’s chance of obesity in adolescence (and no, it’s not just their weight)
The Conversation, 15 October 2019: Three simple factors can predict whether a child is likely to be overweight or obese by the time they reach adolescence: the child’s body mass index (BMI), the mother’s BMI and the mother’s education level, according to new research.
ABC Life, 15 October 2019: If you never have time to exercise, we have some good news. Running for the bus, walking to get a coffee, and even sex counts.
News.com.au, 15 October 2019: One Aussie city is pushing to be completely smoke-free by 2020 and they’ve hired an anti-smoking officer to hand out $338 fines to smokers.
Women’s Agenda, 14 October 2019: Despite Australia being a developed and wealthy nation, hunger and food insecurity are a growing reality. Over the past year, 1 in 5 Australian have been in a situation where they have run out of rood and been unable to buy more.
The Conversation, 14 October 2019: The British Psychological Society is calling for changes for how we talk about fatness but will it change or reinforce stigma around obesity and overweight.
MedicalNewsToday, 14 October 2019: Older adults tend to fall through the cracks when it comes to cardiac rehabilitation programs, but a new study has shown that these individuals have the most to gain.
7–14 October 2019
The New Daily, 13 October 2019: The number of children worldwide living in heart attack territory has gradually risen over the past two decades, hand in hand with the obesity epidemic.
Sunday Canberra Times, 13 October 2019: The key to getting people moving when they’re not motivated to set aside time, it seems, is what Physical Activity Foundation chief executive Lucille Bailie calls ‘incidental exercise’.
Sydney Morning Herald, 13 October 2019: One in five Australians say they ran out of food at least once in the past year and were unable to buy more, according to a new report, with food charities pointing to an alarming 22 per cent spike in people seeing emergency food supplies.
Perth Now, 12 October 2019: From November 1, Medicare will raise the rebate for heart health checks to 100 per cent, meaning that more than 1.5 million Australians at risk of heart attack or stroke will have free access to GP-administered heart health checks.
ABC News, 12 October 2019: The Northern Territory town of Katherine has the second highest rate of obesity in Australia at over 43 per cent and the highest percentage of people who are either overweight or obese.
National Indigenous Times, 11 October 2019: A trailblazer in the First Nations health space, Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services is leading the way in Aboriginal self-determination in primary health by ensuring the development of safe, comfortable and consistent mental health care.
The Conversation, 11 October 2019: Research shows people walk more if the city’s design provides them with places to walk to near where they live, work or study.
Yass Tribune, 11 October 2019: Over 70 per cent of adults and more than 21 per cent of children in the Yass Valley are considered overweight or obese based on the body mass index.
The Mandarin, 11 October 2019: Mental health in the workplace is important, believe 90 per cent of people, yet only 50 per cent believe their workplace is mentally healthy.
ABC News, 11 October 2019: At last count, two out of three of Australians over the age of 18 are overweight or obese, and according to Victoria University’s Australian Health Tracker, rates are hugely dependent on where people live.
ScienceDaily, 11 October 2019: In an international study, led by the University of Bergen, the researchers wanted to find out how adult overweight (BMI over 25) and obesity (BMI over 30) increase the risk of different types of cancer.
MedicalNewsToday, 11 October 2019: Recent studies have shown that people with type 2 diabetes who lose weight lower their risk of cardiovascular problems. But what happens if they regain the weight?
The Guardian, 8 October 2019: Physical exercise can help, but we need to understand what it is that makes so many of us ill.
Australian Financial Review, 8 October 2019: A study published in February found that men who can hammer our 40 push-ups in one session had a lower risk of heart attacks and cardiovascular disease.
ABC News, 7 October 2019: Aboriginal women are three times less likely to go to a clinic for their first antenatal visit to detect diseases. Medical professionals say Indigenous healthcare workers are key to helping pregnant women attend clinics for their scans.
Sydney Morning Herald, 7 October 2019: Men and women who start running competitively when they are in their 50s can be as swift, lean and well-muscled within a decade as competitive older runners who have trained lifelong, according to a new study.
NewsGP, 7 October 2019: Advocates have long been concerned about the health insurance industry potentially discriminating against people with psychological problems, despite the fact mental health concerns are on the rise within the Australian population.
The New York Times, 7 October 2019: High blood pressure during pregnancy increases a mother’s risk for future cardiovascular disease and death, a new study has found.
30 November–7 October 2019
Sydney Morning Herald, 6 October 2019: A recent report on the mental health of Australian children and adolescents said schools “play a major role in supporting young people with emotional and behavioural problems and are often where symptoms of mental disorders are first identified”.
Medical News Today, 4 October 2019: Research has shown that drinking soft drinks with added sugar can increase a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes by affecting subtle metabolic mechanisms.
The Guardian, 3 October 2019: Experts say obesity rates soaring as governments fail to tackle junk food adverts
University of Sydney News & Opinion, 3 October 2019: Codeine rescheduling successfully reduces use and harm study.
Croakey, 2 October 2019: One of the four areas of focus for development of the new National Preventive Health Strategy is “current and emerging opportunities in cancer and chronic disease population screening”, and Health Minister Greg Hunt has sought advice on whether a lung cancer screening program should be introduced.
The Guardian, 2 October 2019: Research suggests strategies such as a ‘minutes of life lost’ counter on cigarettes, would be more effective than packet warnings.
Medical News Today, 1 October 2019: A new study has found that if people achieve moderate weight loss within the first few years of type 2 diabetes diagnosis, they could actually send the condition into remission.
ABC Radio National, The Health Report, 30 September 2019: Exploring physical activity research that used an app designed to increase step counts physical activity.
The Sydney Morning Herald, 30 September 2019: New data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, shows almost half of young adults are overweight or obese.
The Guardian, 30 September 2019: It’s a disease affecting millions of people in the UK – and sufferers are increasingly in their 20s or even younger. But it is possible to bring it into remission.
BuzzFeed, 26 September 2019: Vaping bans are happening left and right, but some experts worry they’ll drive ex-smokers right back to cigarettes.
The Conversation, 25 September 2019: Understanding of depression has advanced significantly since the first diagnostic criteria were introduced in the 1980s, but we still lack clear consensus on how this mental disorder should be explained.
The Conversation, 25 September 2019: The political ‘revolving door’ between government and the alcohol, food and gambling industries potentially undermines good public health policy by creating an imbalance between the influence of industry and that of public health advocacy.
News.com.au, 24 September 2019: A new report from the British Psychological Society shows that people become overweight or obese as a result of a complex combination of factors.
ABCNews online, 22 September 2019: Mothers of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander children have formed their own culturally safe space in regional South Australia to support each other’s wellbeing.
Croakey, 21 September 2019: Last week, Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, announced an Expert Steering Committee, both the Prevention Centre and the Sax Institute are representatives on the Committee, to oversee the development of a 10 year National Preventive Health Strategy.
ABC Online, 19 September 2019: Mental health issues are driving Australians to visit their GP more than any other health concern.
The Guardian, 19 September 2019: India has announced a ban on electronic cigarettes, as a backlash gathers pace worldwide about a technology promoted as less harmful than smoking tobacco.
ABCNews online, 16 September 2019: Vaping causes severe illness in otherwise healthy young adults and teenagers. It causes a life-threatening, life-shortening and sometimes deadly lung toxicity and injury — with apparently irreversible damage that cannot be cured.
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.