Archived News for Health Sector Professionals - September, 2015
Using futuristic gels and even living cells, 3D-printing of soft body parts is getting closer.
Mixer mistake blamed for bugs
Accumulated scum on an industrial-sized food mixer has been blamed for a major salmonella outbreak at the Burnside War Memorial Hospital in Adelaide.
Big MBS review to remove 'waste'
Health Minister Sussan Ley has announced the launch of a review of the 5,700 medical services subsidised under the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS).
Heart health link with sexual problems probed
Sexual problems are often an unspoken side-effect for the 3.72 million Australians living with cardiovascular disease, but one expert wants to lift the lid.
New gene tech gets deep on nano-machines
Australian medical researchers have unlocked a central part of the way mitochondria behave.
Simple combination could be brain cancer breakthrough
Exciting results have come from a trial using two existing drugs to fight brain cancer.
Disgusting drug move marks TPP risk
The well-publicised hike in the price of an essential medicine this week raises serious issues about the design of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), an intellectual property expert has warned.
Accolades acquired by local science stars
The Australians behind vital and exciting research combating conditions like cancer, depression and birth defects will be recognised at a prestigious awards ceremony this week.
Nerve repair achieved in 3D-printed sleeve
Bio-engineers have a developed a 3D-printed implant that can help regrow damaged nerves.
Ley lands on feet after weekend's shuffling
Health Minister Sussan Ley has survived the weekend’s cabinet reshuffle, but important parts of health policy may not be covered.
QLD spends big on anti-ice
The Queensland Government has unveiled $6 million worth of new community health programs aimed at tackling ice addiction.
Soap study scrubs anti-bacterial claims
New research suggests antibacterial soaps do not do as much as some might expect.
Swisse swings to HK firm for $1.67b
Australian vitamin supplier Swisse has been sold for $1.67 billion to Hong Kong-listed firm Biostime.
Drug study review spots new risks
Fourteen years ago, GlaxoSmithKline published a study claiming the antidepressant paroxetine was safe and effective for teenagers, but now researchers say the opposite is true.
Disability deals bring great aid for two states
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is helping more states get National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funds.
Smog swamps body with radical risks
Smoggy, polluted and otherwise dirty air is well known to carry some serious health risks, but Australian scientists have for the first time got a glimpse of what might be happening at the molecular level.
Robot arm feels like the future
Engineers in the US have reported on an advanced robotic hand wired directly into a paralysed man’s brain, providing feedback that allows him to ‘feel’.
Bad drug choices bring big drain
New stats suggest that over a quarter of hospitalisations of older Australians could be caused by poor medication-related primary care before admission – costing the Australian health system $300 million a year.
Plotting illness on longer scale
New findings are leading experts to look at cancer on a much longer timescale.
Small scaffold could give big clues on cancer
US researchers have created a tiny implant that can attract and capture cancer cells before they overtake the body.