Health Research & Education

Australia’s youth mental illness rate continuing to rise

The number of Australians exhibiting symptoms of a serious psychological issue between the age of 15 to 19 has risen by 4.1 per cent in six years, according to new Mission Australia data. Speaking with the Adelaide Advertiser [July 15, 2017], Catherine Yeomans, Mission Australia CEO, said the outcome of the analysis was concerning. “We’re…

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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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Aussie biotech appoints American royalty to its Board of Directors

VIVA! Communications are thrilled to be working with Australian medical technology company Medibio as they today (June 4, 2017) announce the appointment of mental health advocate and former U.S. congressman, Patrick J.  Kennedy, to their Board of Directors. Patrick J. Kennedy is a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and America’s leading political…

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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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