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Genetic testing is helping solve mystery of unexplained death in young people
Researchers using genetic testing have shed new light on the unexplained deaths of nearly 500 young Australians and New Zealanders, finding coronary artery disease was the cause of nearly a quarter of deaths.
Evidence for some plant-based therapies in treating menopause symptoms
Almost half of Australian women taken unproven complementary medicines to manage menopause symptoms, but now there may be evidence for some plant-based therapies.
Gastric bypass better than gastric banding for inducing remission in diabetes
People with type 2 diabetes undergoing bariatric surgery are considerably more likely to experience remission with a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGBP), compared with gastric banding.
Circumcision by Australian GPs not cutting it
Circumcisions carried out by GPs in Australia are not following best practice (dorsal penile nerve block plus topic anaesthetic) and anaesthesia is not adequate to ensure avoidance of pain.
Only 2 per cent of people opting out of electronic health record
Only about one in every 50 people involved in pilot trials of the My Health Record on Australia's east coast have elected to opt-out. The electronic health record was changed from opt-in to opt-out last October.
Assess your own bone health with new tool
A new tool from the Garvan Institute and Osteoporosis Australia allows you to check the health of your bones. By taking into account information about your personal risk factors, the tool can predict your risk of fracture.
Risk of diabetic retinopathy halved by intensive blood sugar lowering
Intensive therapy to lower blood sugar levels has had the side effect of more than halving the risk of the eye disease diabetic retinopathy, a US study has found. Diabetic retinopathy can cause loss of vision.
New black lung cases prompt call for tighter standards in coal mines
After the resurgence of black lung disease (pneumoconiosis) in Australia, experts have found that Australian coal dust exposure limits are not meeting international standards.
Statin medicines may protect against inflammatory bowel disease
Statins associated with decreased risk of new onset inflammatory bowel disease
New Borrelia bacteria species found in echidna ticks
Australian researchers have identified a novel species of Borrelia, the group of bacteria responsible for Lyme disease, in ticks on echidnas. Its potential to cause disease in humans is unknown.
Coffee cleared as a carcinogen
Coffee is off the hook as a cancer-causing compound, as long as you don't drink it too hot, a landmark study finds, but drinking hot beverages above 65 degrees celsius probably causes oesophageal cancer.
8 Alarming facts about antibiotic prescribing in Australia
A report on antimicrobial resistance shows an alarming picture of over-prescribing of antimicrobial agents, including antibiotics - a practice known to lead to antibiotic resistance.
Melatonin may prevent migraine
Taking melatonin may be an effective way of preventing migraines, Brazilian researchers have found with it being as effective as amitriptyline and with fewer side effects.
Younger-onset dementia more challenging than Alzheimers for carers
Carers of people with younger-onset dementia experience more stress than carers of people with Alzheimers disease and researchers think they know why.
Pregnant women unsure about safety of medicines in pregnancy
Pregnant women overestimate the risks of taking over-the-counter and prescribed medication, and need more information on what is safe to take in pregnancy.
Nanoparticle sunscreens are safe and don't penetrate the skin
Nanoparticle sunscreens are both effective and safe to use, according to the latest evidence, which shows they do not penetrate the skin as previously feared.
Swallow your own gastric balloon to lose weight
A new gastric balloon that is swallowed inside a capsule pill then inflated in the gut has proved an effective means of losing weight in a randomised trial.
Faecal transplants successful for treatment-resistant ulcerative colitis
Faecal transplantation may be the answer for patients with treatment-resistant ulcerative colitis, Australian researchers say.
Migraine puts women at risk of heart disease
Yet more evidence has emerged that migraine should be considered an important indicator of risk (risk marker) for heart and stroke disease, at least in women.
Gluten-free diet may harm those who don't need it
A gluten-free diet may harm those without coeliac disease, leading to deficiencies and higher mercury and arsenic concentrations.