New research suggests a bacteria may be behind Alzheimer’s disease

Recent research has challenged the leading theory that the amyloid protein, among other proteins such as tau, is behind Alzheimer’s disease. There is mounting evidence that a bacterium involved in gingivitis may in fact be the cause of Alzheimer’s – a potential game-changer for the prevention and treatment of the disease Alzheimer’s is the most…

APNA appoints long-serving board member as CEO

The Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) appointed long-serving board member, Ken Griffin as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) today (Friday, February 8, 2019). Mr Griffin has contributed to APNA’s strategic development bringing healthcare, marketing and senior management experience to the role for nearly six years. In an APNA announcement issued today, the…

Myopia – a global epidemic

Myopia also known as short-sightedness, is a refractive error, where the shape of your eye does not bend light correctly, resulting in blurred distant vision. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), myopia already affects about 30 per cent of the world’s population. In Australia and New Zealand, the myopic population is estimated to reach…

Parents staging fundraiser to support for their little “miracle man”

The parents of a two-year-old Sydney boy born with no eyes are appealing to the community for financial help. Northern Beaches couple, Fiona Gould and husband Stevie Innes have their sights set on a new vehicle to help transport their “miracle man”, Archie Innes, in his wheelchair, along with his special needs equipment. In order…

Almost $10 million funding boost for InsideOut Institute for eating disorders

On Sunday, February 3, the New South Wales Government pledged $9.6 million over the ensuing four years to a dynamic national eating disorders institute. The InsideOut Institute – Australia’s first national body for research and clinical excellence in eating disorders – was the worthy recipient of the government funds. According to Psychologist and InsideOut Institute…

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…

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…