Health Research & Education

Queensland declining melanoma rates

Although still holding the rather dubious record of having the world’s most recorded instances of melanoma, Queenslanders appear to be getting the message when it comes to protecting against skin cancer, according to research released last week (November 6, 2017). A Cancer Council Queensland study published in the International Journal of Cancer sought to determine…

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Sweet poison

According to recent research, reducing sugar content of sweetened drinks could save the nation $8 billion per year and drastically decrease the number of people being affected by obesity-related diseases such as stroke, type 2 diabetes and kidney cancer.   The findings, recently published by Nutrients Journal, have found that modifying the sugar content of…

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Federal Government announces a “shake up” of private health insurance

The Turnbull government has announced a major health insurance form package today (Friday, October 13, 2017), which it is touting as the biggest shake-up to the private health insurance sector in 15 years. As part of the reforms, private health insurers will offer customers the choice of paying higher excesses for private hospital insurance, as…

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Reid brothers complete herculean global ride in sister’s honour to raise funds for mental illness

Queensland brothers, Dylan and Lawson Reid have completed a 938 day-long, 100,000 kilometre global motorbike trek today (October 10, 2017), finishing at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Brisbane. The sole purpose of their extraordinary ride was to raise much-needed funds to support further research into clinical depression – an insidious illness to which they lost…

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Ice or heat?

It’s the million-dollar question and it’s a hot topic for debate amongst many practitioners. If we have had a sprain, strain, bruise, pull or tear – and we want to reduce the pain – do we use heat or ice? The answer to this question comes down to what tissue is actually injured. Is it…

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