Archived News for Health Sector Professionals - September, 2019
Authorities have scrambled to respond after Victorian hospital computer networks were hacked in a ransomware attack.
Local tech saves US patient
A patient in the US has become the first to receive a high-tech new heart valve developed in Australia.
Salt warning should be explicit
Experts say salt shakers should carry tobacco-style health warnings.
TGA issues implant alert
The TGA is enhancing its regulations on all breast implants and tissue expanders sold in Australia over cancer fears.
Ancient weaning uncovered
Archaeologists have discovered Bronze and Iron Age infants were probably fed animal milk in specialised vessels.
ACT allows cannabis
The ACT has legalised the possession, use and cultivation of small amounts of cannabis.
Blind brains re-map for hearing
A new study has found blind people use the visual part of their brain for hearing instead.
Lobby jobs harm health
Experts say the revolving door between politics and big lobbies can be bad for our health.
AI employed in sepsis check
Artificial intelligence is helping to detect sepsis in Sydney emergency departments.
Animal resistance rises
Antimicrobial resistance among farmyard chickens and pigs is on the rise globally, with China and India particular hotspots for growing resistance.
Phone cancer link denied
A new study has found no increase in the rate of brain cancer in Australians aged over 60 that can be linked to mobile phone use.
Drug trial flaws uncovered
Researchers have found significant flaws in about half of trials that supported new cancer drug approvals between 2014 and 2016.
High-tech nose tested
Researchers have developed an electronic nose that detects chemicals in the breath of lung cancer patients, and can assess their response to potential treatments.
NDIS accused of mental failings
A new report says the NDIS is not doing enough to support mentally ill Australians.
New stats on veteran homelessness
Two recent reports have painted a grim picture of homelessness among Australian veterans.
Paediatric cut-off questioned
An international research team is asking a deep question: when does childhood end?
Perth tests leukemia killer
Researchers at Royal Perth Hospital have dubbed a new Leukemia drug, “the magic bullet”.
Study uncovers unprotected scans
Millions of Australians’ sensitive medical images and data have been left open.
Bupa apologises for giant failings
Serious questions have been asked about Australia’s biggest aged care provider.
Frailty map launched
Authorities have released Australia’s first online frailty map to highlight gaps in service.