Archived News for Health Sector Professionals - October, 2013
The Northern Territory Government is considering scrapping a scheme which provides sport and health education to girls, causing deep concern from advocates.
Kids hear the price of poverty
Scientists in the US say that the financial wealth and educational background of a mother can affect the make-up of their child’s brain – making it more difficult to process sound.
Eleven breaches of chemical levels in mine town air
Sulphur dioxide levels in a north Queensland mining city have breached standard levels 11 times this month.
Peoples' push keeping the clown out of town
Arms have been laid down in the battle between a fast-food giant and residents of a small town in Victoria.
Romantic claim denied by unloving Lady Justice
There will be no money awarded to the public servant who made a claim for injuries sustained during sexual intercourse on a work trip.
Curtin compelled to create online OCD helper
An Australian university has created an online tool to help young people suffering with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
Nano-device can drop drugs and see what happens
A new nanoparticle has been developed which can deliver cancer drugs to specific cells and then stick around to monitor their effect.
Discovery prompts re-thinking of mind-power
A new discovery has revealed the human brain has several times more processing power than ever imagined.
Families pushed to longer-term plans
It appears the pill that sparked the sexual revolution may have done its dash, with Australian family planning clinics pushing for a move to longer-term contraceptives.
PBS expands to treat more, save lives
At least a quarter of a million people will get access to medicines they otherwise could not afford, with new additions to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.
Plans to cut down human error, worsening
Statistics say 18,000 people will die and 50,000 will be left with permanent disability this year as the result of a medical mistake, or ‘adverse medical event’.
Push for bigger stamp on poor choices
A large number of respondents to a recent survey say governments should take a more active role in controlling food labels to improve public health, education and benefit the environment.
Research to hone vital interaction with robot help
A multi-million dollar project has been undertaken in the United States which will see a better level of back-and-forth between surgeons and their robotic instruments.
Shortages catch up to deadlier weekends
A recent university report has been used to highlight the dangers of understaffed emergency rooms and facilities, with figures showing a 15 per cent higher hospital death rate on weekends.
Survey indicates acting-out may be in the genes
A study has suggested there may be a genetic reason for children who appear to develop behavioural problems at child care centres and preschools.
Tomorrow's doctors and lawyers are today's top drug users
The first far-reaching study into academic doping in Australia has been conducted, finding University students are increasingly looking for a chemical advantage over their classmates.
Medical research gets $559 million, for now
The Federal Government has announced a commitment to funding medical research, coming in at over half a billion dollars.
Alzheimer's link re-states value of solid sleep
A new study in the US has linked shorter sleep durations and poorer quality of sleep with a biomarker for Alzheimer’s disease.
Poverty drives deadly building practices
Governments in Asia continue to use asbestos as a building material, putting generations of lives at risk with virtually no regulation.
Sweeping clean the ACT food scene
WorkSafe ACT is conducting a sweep of cafes and restaurants across the Territory, looking specifically for risks and hazards that could befall employees.
Bugs love our guts, and we should welcome them
A new report has shown a deeper level of mutual benefit between humans and the billions of bugs that live in our gut.