Health Awareness

Australians with asthma urged to exercise vigilance this winter

The National Asthma Council Australia has issued a warning to Australians living with asthma, urging them to protect their health and to be prepared as the cold and flu season kicks in. According to the Council, around 40,000 Australians are hospitalised and 400 die from asthma each year, with winter being a particularly difficult season…

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A potential vaccine for cancer: new data

After nearly half a century of trying to identify a vaccine that might wipe out cancers, similarly to the way vaccine targets influenza or pneumococcal pneumonia, scientists might have made a breakthrough in this arena. According to an article published in The Australian (July 7, 2017), scientists from a German biotechnology company, Biontech, as well as…

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Government adds $142 million in medicines to PBS

As of July 1, 2017, the Federal Government has made AUD$142 million in new medicine listings to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), in a bid to make more medicines affordable to all Australians. Among the new listings, the PBS will fund access to vorinostat to treat patients living a subtype of blood cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma called…

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Queensland to bolster its biomedical industry with $4m injection

Addressing the BIO conference in San Diego on Monday, (June 19, 2017) QLD Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the launch of the Queensland Biomedical 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan, which aims to bolster the QLD economy by upwards of AUD$2 billion by investing in biomedical sciences. A press release issued by the Premier’s office explains that…

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