Archived News for Health Sector Professionals - May, 2018
Health Minister Greg Hunt has apologised for verbally assaulting Katherine Mayor Fay Miller.
AI wins cancer-spotting test
An artificial intelligence system has beat experienced dermatologists at diagnosing skin cancer.
Study probes supplement success
Scientists say there is no evidence that vitamin or mineral pills protect against or help to treat heart disease.
'Gluten-free' claims tested
A review has found significant levels of gluten in products labelled ‘gluten free’.
'Low risk' cancers slip through cracks
Experts say men diagnosed with ‘low risk’ prostate cancer are not being followed up properly.
Gut probes getting better
Researchers are testing swallowable devices that can monitor gut health in real time.
Food labels could change habits
New research suggests graphic cigarette-style warnings on junk food packaging would be a good deterrent to consumers when deciding what to eat.
Health app for teens revealed
A new program launched this week aims to improve young people’s unhealthy lifestyle behaviours.
Asthma origin uncovered
Australian researchers have studied the link between severe respiratory infection and the development of asthma.
Laws tightened for ES attacks
Victoria could put attacks on emergency service workers in the same category as murder and rape.
PFAS checks expanded in SA
The Defence Department says it will widen its probe into the spread of PFAS chemicals in Adelaide.
Blood pressure awareness warning
New studies say more than a third of people have high blood pressure but many are unaware they have it.
Charges considered for "gay conversion"
Victoria may start prosecuting practitioners of so-called “gay conversion therapy”.
End of life options reviewed
Australian experts have looked at ways to reduce non-beneficial treatment at the end of life.
Health studies getting tech edge
The Department of Health is looking at new ways to allow scientists to collaborate on public health research, using blockchain encryption.
Senate reports on climate threat
A Senate inquiry has dubbed climate change a “current and existential national security risk” to Australia.
Study slams surgical training
Australian women could be undergoing unnecessarily invasive hysterectomies due to a lack of surgical skills among gynaecologists.
Regional parents get remote help
NSW is running a trial that gives parents in regional and rural areas access to specialised support services for severe behavioural problems in young children.
Outrage over paramedic assault ruling
The Victorian Government is considering new measures to protect paramedics.
Sea snail memories swapped
Scientists have taken memories from one sea snail and injected them into another.