Rodney, 35 Placed into a medically-induced coma following swine flu infection, SYDNEY

Welfare and mental health counsellor, Rodney, 35, Sydney, was hospitalised with influenza in 2010, in a non-aware state, with congested lungs and less than 30 per cent oxygen in his blood.  Within 48 hours, Rodney was diagnosed with the H1N1 flu virus strain –   swine flu – and placed into a medically-induced coma for…

Lisa, 37 Pharmacy assistant & beautician struck down with flu on an overseas holiday, SYDNEY

Full-time pharmacy assistant and beautician, Lisa 37, Sydney, contracted the flu while on holiday in Las Vegas, USA in May, 2016. The flu rendered Lisa bedridden for seven days, mounting a recovery for the ensuing seven days, and compromised her month-long holiday, leaving her with no other option but to cancel all of her pre-booked…

Nick, 30 – Young working professional who contracted flu out of season, SYDNEY

  In March 2016, busy IT professional, Nick, 30, Sydney, contracted a severe case of influenza, out of season. For four nights, Nick endured hot and cold flushes, night sweats, sleep disruption, ongoing headaches and episodes of coughing and sneezing. In fact, he was so unwell, he was forced to cancel his Mardi Gras party,…

93 per cent of Aussies recognise benefits of flu shot in pharmacy – Pharmacy Guild of Australia

Federal Health Minister supports pharmacy as flu vaccination hub with  flu shots expected to climb by almost one million this year The majority (93 per cent) of Australian adults recognise the benefits of flu vaccination in pharmacy, citing access, cost and convenience as the biggest motivators for protecting against seasonal influenza.1 This is according to…

Are you aware of Lynch Syndrome? – Worldwide Lynch Syndrome Awareness Day

Today is Lynch Syndrome Awareness Day. For those who haven’t heard of the condition, Lynch syndrome, previously known as HNPCC, is an inherited genetic mutation. It gives people an increased chance of developing certain cancers across their lifetime, often at a younger age than the general population, i.e., before 50 years of age. The most…

Women encouraged to check their heart health

The classical image of a heart attack is that of a man battling to breathe, crippled in pain. However new research published in British Medical Journal, Heart, on March 1, 2017, reveals Australian women are less likely to be screened for heart disease than men. The new research, entitled, Gender inequalities in cardiovascular risk factor…

Thousands of Pharmacists Gather in Queensland for Annual Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference

Today marks the start of the annual Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference (APP 2017) where thousands for pharmacy and healthcare professionals are gathering to discuss the latest developments in the health industry.   Top international speakers include Alistair Bursey, owner-pharmacist and Chair of the Board of Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPHA); and Graeme Blanchard, President of the…

APP gearing up to announce Guild Pharmacy of the Year for 2017

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia is gearing up for their national conference, set for March 9-12, 2017 on the Gold Coast. With more than 70 presentations from local and international speakers, the conference is the major highlight of the annual Australian pharmacy calendar. Federal Health Minister, The Hon. Greg Hunt MP will deliver the conference…

New advisory council for Medicines Australia – March 6, 2017

Medicines Australia (MA) has today (March 6, 2017) announced the appointment of 10 members to its new advisory council. Dr Anna Lavelle will act as MA Chair, and will be joined by ex-Chief Scientist of Australia, Professor Ian Chubb AC, Dr Jeff Harmer who has held many senior roles in various Commonwealth departments, and a…

Australian research lab training supercomputer to identify eye abnormalities

Advancements in assistive image analytics and deep learning technology could in the future help doctors in the fight against preventable blindness.   The Melbourne based IBM researchers have trained a research version of Watson (their latest computing system) to recognise abnormalities in retina images. According to the researchers, this could be developed to offer doctors…