Archived News for Health Sector Professionals - March, 2014
A common mechanical balloon pump may have some exciting extra uses.
Lab-grown lady cells make lively test site
Researchers have grown functional vaginal skin cells outside the body, to help make important discoveries on the relationships between the bacteria that live there.
Medibank to make multi-billion debut
Medibank Private will be sold for several billion dollars, most likely in the current term of government.
Push for pancreatic cancer pill's PBS inclusion
The company behind an important new cancer drug has told Australian oncologists that negotiations with the Federal Government have broken down, and their product will no longer be available.
Study shows plenty of non-drug perks
There are many ways for men to improve their sexual function without relying on medication, according to a study at the University of Adelaide.There are many ways for men to improve their sexual function without relying on medication, according to a study at the University of Adelaide.
Viral link found in type 1 precursor
Australian researchers have found a link to suggest that children who are infected with rotavirus have a higher chance of developing type 1 diabetes symptoms earlier in life.
Vaccine breakthrough by small cellular hands
Patents are pending on an exciting new DNA-based vaccine for HIV and Hepatitis C, with University of Adelaide researchers saying they have made a major breakthrough.
Firies union says report shows more to Morwell
The United Firefighters Union has accused Victorian authorities of sending its members to battle the Morwell mine fire with inadequate protection from poisonous fumes, and against the warnings of its own expert.
Backward step to let drugs flow like beer
A new approach could see scientists able to produce drugs as easily as brewing beer, massively reducing the cost and energy requirements for many medications.
Big factor found for enhanced leukaemia risk
Researchers have discovered a single genetic abnormality which massively increases the chance of having childhood leukaemia.
Cheesy solution proposed for old French question
Researchers suggest Roquefort cheese can guard against cardiovascular disease, despite its high fat and salt content.
Disability reviewed while rapid roll-out faces delay
The future of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is unclear once more, with a report into the agency set up to run it saying the scheme is woefully ill-prepared.
Ebola outbreak takes 59 lives in Guinea
Officials have confirmed an Ebola outbreak in Guinea is responsible for the deaths of at least 59 people.
Emergency attacks prompt call for health help
Authorities say three assaults in as many weeks show security is out of hand at the Bunbury Regional Hospital.
Range of smell spelled for a trillion different scents
The human nose is capable of some high-definition smelling, with a new study estimating we can distinguish around one trillion different scents.
Internet integrity questioned as top names turn to Wikipedia
Despite many universities and school condemning the use of Wikipedia as a legitimate source, a new study says thousands of research papers happily cite the open source encyclopaedia.
Experts push for new weapons as deadly Hep C tide builds
A looming wave of terminal liver disease could be combated by government funding for powerful new drugs, researchers suggest.
Funds will keep FOG flying in slightly altered form
The Queensland Government has continued funding a vital service for women in rural and remote regions.
Gene treatment yields high rate for particularly tricky cancer
A clinical study for a new leukaemia treatment has shown a remarkable rate of remission.
Local team shows work for shoulder surgery two years on
An Australian team has presented new findings on the success of revision arthroscopic rotator cuff repair surgery at a special orthopaedic society meeting in the US.
Science spies rapid radioactive mechanism for genetic resistance
Genetic researchers have caused a bacterium to evolve a resistance to radiation damage, highlighting the mechanisms that make it possible.