European Commission launches online tool to measure how well Europe and Asia are connected
(European Commission Joint Research Centre) The ASEM Sustainable Connectivity Portal offers insights into the state of connectivity between 30 European countries, 19 Asian countries, Australia and New Zealand, together representing the ASEM countries. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - October 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Australian watchdog's appeal against Pfizer ruling dismissed by court
Australia's competition watchdog said on Friday the High Court dismissed its special leave application to appeal a court's decision on whether Pfizer Inc's local unit used its market power to limit competition for its cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Court dismisses Australian watchdog's appeal against Pfizer ruling
Australia's competition watchdog said on Friday the High Court dismissed its special leave application to appeal a court's decision on whether Pfizer Inc's local unit used its market power to limit competition for its cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Scaled-Up PrEP Cut New HIV Cases in Australia
(MedPage Today) -- Also, U.S. data show still dramatic racial/ethnic disparities in PrEP use (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - October 18, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Virtual Reality Research Supports Expeditions in Antarctica, Future Explorations in Space
Researchers from Geisel and the Australian Antarctic Division are collaborating to understand how virtual reality can help expeditioners, and in the future, astronauts, cope with their isolated, confined, and extreme environments. (Source: News at Dartmouth Medical School)
Source: News at Dartmouth Medical School - October 18, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Authors: Timothy Dean Tags: News Research astronauts collaboration Home-feature Jay Buckey video virtual reality VR Source Type: news

Eating leafy greens could help prevent macular degeneration
A new study has shown that eating vegetable nitrates, found mainly in green leafy vegetables and beetroot, could help reduce your risk of developing early-stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Researchers at the Westmead Institute for Medical Research interviewed more than 2,000 Australian adults aged over 49 and followed them over a 15-year period. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - October 18, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Research Research and Development Source Type: news

ANU researchers find new disease
(Australian National University) Researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) have discovered a new genetic disease and a method for detecting more unexplained medical conditions. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 18, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Tough laws prevent gun deaths
(James Cook University) A major global report confirms gun-related homicides, suicides and accidents are falling in Australia after the introduction of anti-gun laws, and that the effect of such tough laws is similar elsewhere. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - October 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

HIV prevention drugs could dramatically cut new infections
(Reuters Health) - An HIV-prevention drug pill, dubbed PrEP, dramatically reduced new infections in a large group of high risk gay men, Australian researchers report. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Groundbreaking Australian HIV trial should be replicated, researchers say
Trial resulted in 25% fall in new infections in year after rapid rollout of PrEP medicationHigh-income countries with people at high risk of HIV should replicate a groundbreaking trial in Australia, which has seen new infections fall by 25% in one year following the rapid rollout of free HIV medication, researchers say.When taken daily the pre-exposure prophylaxis drug known as PrEP is almost 100% effective in preventing HIV-negative people from acquiring the virus. In 2016, NSW became the first Australian state to trial PrEP on a large scale. In the course of just one year 9,714 HIV-negative people at high risk of acquiri...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 17, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Melissa Davey Tags: Aids and HIV Health Medical research Australia news Source Type: news

Cancer blood test trialed to prevent unnecessary chemotherapy
(Walter and Eliza Hall Institute) Cancer patients could be spared unnecessary chemotherapy -- and its side-effects -- by a new blood test that is in clinical trials at more than 40 hospitals in Australia and New Zealand. The trial is one of the largest trials internationally to investigate a predictive blood test to guide cancer treatment. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - October 17, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

The Lancet HIV: PrEP implementation is associated with a rapid decline in new HIV infections
(The Lancet) Study from Australia is the first to evaluate a population-level roll-out of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in men who have sex with men. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 17, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Philips creates AI start-up collaboration program
Philips Healthcare parent Royal Philips has launched a new worldwide incubator...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Philips adds to Ambient Experience portfolio Philips deploys hybrid OR at Augusta University Health Philips partners with Integron on connected health Philips introduces Ingenia Ambition X MRI scanner Philips wins managed services deals in Australia (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - October 16, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

What's in the man box? Increased violence & suicidal thoughts
(Queensland University of Technology) An Australian study has revealed the dangers of 'toxic masculinity' for men aged 18 to 30 and those around them. The survey of 1000 men found around 30 percent were boxed into the traditional stereotype, 'The Man Box', which made them twice as likely to have suicidal thoughts and seven times more likely to be violent towards others. The study was conducted by Jesuit Social Services' The Men's Project and QUT Associate Professor Michael Flood. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

iCAD highlights study results of DBT software
Computer-aided detection (CAD) developer iCAD is touting the results of a new...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: FDA OKs iCAD's breast density AI software iCAD touts study on radiation therapy savings iCAD scores Chinese OK for balloon applicators iCAD to highlight Xoft clinical results at AAPM iCAD system treats 1st patient in Australia (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - October 15, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Childhood trauma, depression linked to higher risk of longer-term fatigue in breast cancer survivors
This study highlights the variability in people ’s experience of fatigue after treatment, which ultimately will allow for more personalized treatments for cancer survivors. In addition to psychosocial predictors, cancer treatments were also associated with fatigue trajectories. “Now that we know some of the risk factors for fatigue, and understand who are most at risk, we can really try to target those women and take more preventative measures to help them earlier in the course of their cancer experience,” said Ganz, who is also a distinguished professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medi...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - October 15, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

What is the Zika risk of pregnant Meghan's visit to Fiji and Tonga?
Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, are expecting their first child, the UK's royal family announced Monday as the couple arrived in Australia for their first tour overseas. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - October 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Incidence, costs, and temporal trends of sports injury-related hospitalisations in Australian children over a 10-year period: a nationwide population-based cohort study - Lystad RP, Curtis K, Browne GJ, Mitchell RJ.
This study u... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

The interactive effects of perceived peer drinking and personality profiles on adolescent drinking: a prospective cohort study - Pocuca N, Hides L, Quinn CA, White MJ, Mewton L, Newton NC, Slade T, Chapman C, Andrews G, Teesson M, Allsop S, McBride N.
AIMS: (1) To classify Australian adolescents according to their alcohol consumption trajectories; and (2) to assess the direct and interactive effects of perceived peer drinking (PPD) and personality on adolescent drinking. DESIGN: Prospective coho... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Implications of the Australian experience with firearm regulation for US gun policy - Siegel M.
[Abstract unavailable] Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Commentary Source Type: news

Risk communication and risk perception: lessons from the 2011 floods in Brisbane, Australia - Kammerbauer M, Minnery J.
Risk communication and risk perception are critical factors in disaster management. Governments at all levels play a part in communicating risk, whereas the perception of risk entails active roles by community participants, including potential and actual v... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

Identifying the prevalence and predictors of suicidal behaviours for indigenous males in custody - Shepherd SM, Spivak B, Arabena K, Paradies Y.
This study sought to ascertain the prevalence and correlates of sui... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Collecting health and exposure data in Australian Olympic combat sports: feasibility study utilizing an electronic system - Bromley S, Drew M, Talpey S, McIntosh A, Finch C.
BACKGROUND: Electronic methods are increasingly being used to manage health-related data among sporting populations. Collection of such data permits the analysis of injury and illness trends, improves early detection of injuries and illnesses, collectively... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

Modelling passenger waiting time using large-scale automatic fare collection data: an Australian case study - Tavassoli A, Mesbah M, Shobeirinejad A.
Passenger waiting time at transit stops is an important component of overall travel time and is perceived to be less desirable than in-vehicle travel time or access time. Therefore, an accurate model to estimate waiting time is necessary to better plan for... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

Differences in characteristics and exposure to stressors between persons with and without diagnosed mental illness who died by suicide in  Victoria, Australia - Clapperton A, Newstead S, Bugeja L, Pirkis J.
BACKGROUND: Mental illness is an established risk factor for suicide. To develop effective prevention interventions and strategies, the demographic characteristics and stressors (other than, or in addition to, mental illness) that can influence a person's ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news

Zika virus threat: Is pregnant Meghan Markle at risk when she travels to Fiji?
MEGHAN MARKLE announced she is pregnant and expecting a baby with husband Prince Harry next spring, but with their Australian tour coming up, will the Duchess be presented with a risk of catching the Zika virus? The countries with high risk of Zika and symptoms are revealed below. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - October 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Researchers attempt to create grease from waste oils and red gypsum
(Natural News) Researchers from the Universiti Malaysia Pahang have developed a way to upcycle waste oil products by transforming them into grease. Their findings, published in the Australian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences, breathe new life into waste oil products – which are commonly discarded and become pollutants. In the study, researchers synthesized grease using waste... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Forget coal wars, says Alan Finkel – look at emission outcomes
Chief scientist says Australia must use all available technologiesAustralia ’s chief scientist says the question facing the nation’s energy future is not about renewables versus coal but how best to create “a whole-of-economy emissions reduction strategy”.In a prerecorded interview with Sky released on Sunday, Dr Alan Finkel responded to theIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ’s report, which warned that greenhouse gas pollution needs to reach zero by 2050 if the world is to have any hope of stopping global warming at 1.5C.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 14, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Amy Remeikis Tags: Energy Greenhouse gas emissions Climate change Coal Environment Science Fossil fuels Energy storage Australia news Renewable energy Hydrogen power Liberal party Australian politics Coalition Australian economy Finkel review Source Type: news

Australia gives $37-million boost to spending on youth mental health
Australia will spend an extra A$51.8 million ($37 million) on support to young people with mental health issues, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Sunday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

'Cued care' approach helps new babies, parents to sleep
(Reuters Health) - A new program in Australia is helping new parents to understand their infant's sleep patterns - and get better sleep themselves, too, researchers say. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

The association between school holidays and unintentional fatal drowning among children and adolescents aged 5-17 years - Peden AE, Barnsley PD, Queiroga AC.
AIM: Children aged 5-17  years in Australia have one of the lowest unintentional fatal drowning rates. One possible explanation is the protective effect of formal schooling, reducing leisure time for exposure to water hazards. We examine differences in fr... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Have alcohol management plans reduced violence against women in Cape York, Australia? - West C, Muller R, Clough AR, Fitts MS.
In 2002/2003, the Queensland Government released a decision that Alcohol Management Plans (AMPs) were to be introduced to most Indigenous communities in Cape York, Australia, in an effort to address violence generally and specifically violence against wome... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Acceptable limitations on paramedic duty to treat during disaster: a qualitative exploration - Smith E, Burkle FM, Gebbie K, Ford D, Bensimon C.
IntroductionThe Australian prehospital profession has not yet facilitated a comprehensive discussion regarding paramedic role and responsibility during disasters. Whether paramedics have a duty to treat under extreme conditions and what acceptable limitati... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Commentary Source Type: news

Child refugees in Nauru camp struggle to eat, drink, talk: MSF
The mental health of refugees detained by Australia on the Pacific island of Nauru has deteriorated so badly that some children are in a "semi-comatose state", unable to eat, drink or talk, M édecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said on Thursday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

MRI safety certification set for Australia, New Zealand
The American Board of Magnetic Resonance Safety has scheduled MRI safety certification...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Coalition proposes MRI patient-safety blueprint MRI safety certification exams finish up New board taps growing demand for MRI safety MR safety advocates create certification body (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - October 11, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Doctors say refugees banished to Nauru are suicidal
Humanitarian medical professionals expelled from Nauru say asylum seekers that Australia banished to the tiny Pacific atoll were suicidal and their children have lost hope (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Fat: A new player expands our definition of diabetes
(Garvan Institute of Medical Research) Type 2 diabetes is reaching epidemic proportions around the world. The World Health Organization reports that more than 422 million people suffer from the disease, including over 1.2 million in Australia alone. The consequences of diabetes can be dire (cancer, kidney failure, and heart attacks) and its prevalence is rising fast. There is an urgent need to better understand how diabetes progresses -- and how it might be stopped. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

How to get fit in five minutes: Ex Wiggle member shares her day on a plate and exercise routine
Lauren Hannaford , 32, is a former elite gymnast who once played the beloved Australian TV character Dorothy the Dinosaur. Now she has revealed her exercise routine and day on a plate. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Wright Medical closes $435m Cartiva buy
Wright Medical (NSDQ:WMGI) said today that it closed its $435 million buyout of Cartiva and its synthetic cartilage implant for treating arthritis in the big toe. Alpharetta, Ga.-based Cartiva won pre-market approval from the FDA for the SCI implant in July 2016 (the device won CE Mark approval in the European Union back in 2002 and is also on the market in Canada, Brazil, Chile and Australia). It’s made of an organic polymer designed to mimic the function of human cartilage. Wright announced the deal in August, later floating nearly 18.3 million shares at $24.60 apiece, for ex...
Source: Mass Device - October 10, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Featured Mergers & Acquisitions Orthopedics Wall Street Beat Cartiva Extremities wrightmedical Source Type: news

Being overweight or obese in your 20s will take years off your life, according to a new report
(George Institute for Global Health) Young adults classified as obese can expect to lose up to 10 years in life expectancy, according to a major new study.New modelling from The George Institute for Global Health and the University of Sydney also predicts that 36.3 million years of life will be lost over the lifetime of today's Australian adult population as a result of overweight and obesity. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Indigenous fire practice protecting the Gibson Desert's biodiversity
(University of Queensland) Traditional Indigenous burning practices are protecting plant biodiversity in Australia's Gibson Desert, according to University of Queensland research.The study analysed how environments dominated by flammable spinifex grasses and fire-sensitive desert myrtle shrubs reacted to wildfires, and to the low-intensity burning practices of the Pintupi people. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - October 10, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Artichokes contain a variety of natural antioxidants that reduce the symptoms of diabetes
(Natural News) Diet plays an essential role in the health of diabetic patients. Leafy greens, fatty fish, and whole grains are just some of the foods typically recommended to both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes sufferers. A vegetable that would fit right into this diet is the artichoke, says a study published in the Australian... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A healthier macaroni: Using pomegranate peel flour makes the dish more nutritious
(Natural News) Macaroni isn’t a food typically associated with eating healthily. But with the addition of the right ingredients, this simple yet satisfying pasta can become a nutrient-rich treat. One such ingredient is pomegranate peel. It may not seem like much, yet according to a study published in the Australian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Australian study confirms the therapeutic benefits of intermittent fasting for diabetic patients
(Natural News) Intermittent fasting is one of the most popular styles of fasting for weight loss. This type of fasting can also benefit people with diabetes. According to a study published in the journal JAMA Network, intermittent fasting can help lower Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) levels in people with Type 2 diabetes. HbA1c is the average... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

World Mental Health Day: IOM Honours Migrants ’ Resilience During and After Difficult Journeys
Image courtesy of the World Federation for Mental Health. Source: Twitter @WMHDayBy International Organization for MigrationGENEVA, Oct 9 2018 (IOM)Today, on World Mental Health Day, IOM would like to honour all the migrants who stand strong in the face of adversity and uphold human rights and values. Migration should be a positive experience, but often isn’t. As people move in search of opportunity, or in pursuit of new adventures, too often their journeys are characterized by insecurity and sometimes physical danger, especially for those who are pushed to leave their countries of origin due to abuse or human rights...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: International Organization for Migration Tags: Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Axonics Modulation files for $86m IPO
Axonics Modulation Technologies last week registered for an initial public offering worth more than $86 million for its neuromodulation system for treating urinary and bowel conditions. The Irvine, Calif.-based company touts its r-SNM device as the first rechargeable sacral neuromodulation system for treating overactive bladder, fecal incontinence and urinary retention. It’s designed to deliver mild electrical stimulation using a four-electrode lead introduced through the sacrum and a pulse generator implanted in the upped buttocks. Th r-SNM device won CE Mark approval in the European Union in June 201...
Source: Mass Device - October 9, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Featured Funding Roundup Initial Public Offering (IPO) Neuromodulation/Neurostimulation Wall Street Beat Axonics Modulation Technologies Source Type: news

'Man', 'woman' and 'other': QUT research explores gender diversity
(Queensland University of Technology) An increasing number of people no longer identify as either a 'man' or 'woman' but instead choose other gender options. New research by QUT, based on the results of the Australian Sex Survey, has looked at the biological and sociological factors associated with non-binary gender identity recognition -- and how it differs between the sexes. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Brexit: How 'no deal' could change tobacco warnings
EU tobacco warnings will be replaced by Australian versions in the event no deal is struck, it emerges. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Here ’s What Humanity Must Do Immediately to Prevent Catastrophic Climate Change, According to the New U.N. Report
A landmark United Nations report on Monday warned that sufficiently limiting man-made global warming will “require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” in order to avoid dramatic global consequences, including rising sea levels, dying coral reefs and human casualties due to extreme heat. The special report — published Monday by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — assessed what it will take to limit global temperature increase to no more than 2.7º F (1.5º C) above preindustrial levels, in accordance with the 2015 Paris Ag...
Source: TIME: Science - October 8, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Katie Reilly Tags: Uncategorized climate change onetime Source Type: news