Fasting to fight addiction in Australia’s youth

January has ticked over into February, bringing about the annual febfast theoretical diet pilgrimage. Established at as a fundraiser for young disadvantaged Australians, the goal is to cease sugar, alcohol or any of your other vices for one month. We’re well aware from past projects that addiction is a cruel beast. Those who find themselves…

Skin cancer hijacks immune system to spread toxic cells

Scientists have identified the role of skin cancer molecules and their role in hijacking healthy immune cells to help cancer spread and grow. Experts believe by targeting these molecules with inhibiting drugs, aggressive skin cancer could be prevented from returning after treatment. The findings of the Cancer Research UK-funded study were published in the journal Cell this…

APNA re-appoints Dr Tony Hobbs to Board

Team VIVA! wishes to congratulate the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) for reappointing Dr Tony Hobbs to their Board today (February 1, 2019). Dr Hobbs served on the APNA board in 2011 and 2012 respectively. He most recently served as Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the Commonwealth Department of Health. He was previously…

February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Ovarian cancer is the deadliest women’s cancer.  Each day, four Australian women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and each day, it claims the lives of three women. This February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and Ovarian Cancer Australia (OCA) says it’s time to ovary-act. There is an urgent need to improve survival rates and increase ovarian…

Former NRL Player, Dan Hunt reinforces the importance of living a purposeful life to Team VIVA!

At our recent annual workshop staged at Lilianfels Resort & Spa, Blue Mountains, NSW between 17-18 January, 2019, we reflected on our PR agency’s achievements over the past year and discussed strategies to enable us to move forward in 2019. During our workshop, former NRL star and guest speaker, Dan Hunt, 32, took us on…

The do’s and don’ts of office productivity

Do embrace a collaborative and diverse workplace culture Organisations that succeed display strength of combined diverse expertise by harnessing each team member’s strength to boost productivity. Let everyone’s true colours shine. Let the creatives be creative and lets the nerds be the nerds. If everyone had the exact same skill set, the potential output of…

Researchers uncover the effects of aroma on making food selections

An American research team have uncovered the effect of aroma when people make the selection between healthy and unhealthy food. Researchers from the marketing department at the University of South Florida in Tampa set out to understand how food-related ambient scents affected food choices. The team found people exposed to an unhealthy food aroma for…

Federal Health Minister announces Feb 1 PBS listing of psoriasis biologic, ILUMYA

A targeted biologic for the estimated 19,000 Australian adults living with severe chronic plaque psoriasis will be listed on the PBS from February 1, 2019. Federal Health Minister, The Hon. Greg Hunt, MP, announced the PBS listing of Sun Pharma’s ILUMYA (tildrakizumab) today, for those who meet the reimbursement criteria. ILUMYA belongs to a new class…

Research team finds chaotic proteins hold the key to understanding cancer cell growth

New research has revealed chaotic swings of protein concentrations keep the immune system functional and thus allow it to stave off chronic diseases such as cancer and diabetes. Modern research has attributed the development of cancer cells to faulty mechanisms at play in the immune system, or breakdowns in what medical experts call “signalling pathways”.…

Brain training app “significantly” improving attention skills

A brain stimulating phone app developed to improve concentration has been found to enhance attention skills so significantly its effects have been compared to prescription medication. The brain training app, called Decoder, was developed by a research team from the Department of Psychiatry at the prestigious University of Cambridge in the UK. In testing its…