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Pre-diabetes can be reversed by weight loss
A weight loss of 11% of body weight in an obese person can reverse pre-diabetes, where a person has impaired glucose metabolism. Pre-diabetes puts a person at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Experts warn against HIV home tests
Vulnerable patients are being put at risk when purchasing online HIV self-testing kits because many tests lack any Australian pre- or post-test advice, public health experts warn.
Obese children costing Australia more
Obese children aged 2 to 5 are up to 3 times more likely to be admitted to hospital and have substantially higher healthcare costs than healthy weight children, Australian research shows.
7 Worrying facts about ice use in Australia
Nearly 7 per cent of Australians have tried ice, and 2.5% are currently using it, according to a worrying nationwide survey of 1053 Australians just published.
Shingles increases the risk of stroke for several years after
Infection with herpes zoster, the virus that causes shingles, raises the risk of stroke and TIA (transient ischaemic attack) for several years after having shingles.
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) linked to gut imbalance
People with CFS - chronic fatigue syndrome - have imbalances in the microbial populations of their gut (the microbiome) which could explain the inflammatory symptoms present in chronic fatigue.
Paracetamol in pregnancy increases risk of autism in boys
Taking paracetamol while pregnant raises the risk of a male child having symptoms of autism spectrum disorders, and of a child of any gender having ADHD.
Measles alert after 3 confirmed cases in Victoria
Health authorities are concerned there might be multiple undetected cases of measles in Victoria following 3 confirmed cases. None of the cases has travelled overseas and no index case has been identified.
Starting exercise later in life improves quality of life
Starting physical exercise later in life improves quality of life, but does not reduce risk of heart disease or make you live longer.
Medicare refund cheques phased out
From 1 July 2016 there are no more Medicare patient cheques for refunds, and patients need to register their bank details so Medicare benefits can be paid directly into their bank account.
Eating butter is mildly protective of developing diabetes
Butter may be mildly protective of developing diabetes, a combined analysis of several studies has found, with each daily tablespoon associated with a 4% reduction in risk, as well as a 1% higher risk of death.
Instructional video influences end-of-life care decisions
Heart failure patients who watched an instructional video on types of end-of-life care favoured 'comfort care' over more invasive care that could prolong their life.
Delay in eye checks for newly diagnosed diabetes patients
Australians newly diagnosed with diabetes are not having recommended eye examinations until 3 years later, a study in Victoria has found, putting them at risk of more severe diabetic retinopathy.
Young Australians drinking less alcohol
Young Australians seem to be losing their appetite for alcohol, with fewer people drinking and also more people drinking less. Alcohol consumption rates are now the lowest since the early 1960s.
Pregnant women eating too much meat and dairy
Most pregnant women are failing to achieve basic nutritional recommendations because they eat too much meat and dairy and not enough fruit, vegetables and cereals, an Australian study has found.
British doctor mistakenly removes man's testicle then pretends it's still there
British surgeon makes a balls-up of op and mistakenly removes man's right testicle, then pretends it's still there, just 'small'.
Migraine sufferers outperform others on memory and cognitive tests
Migraine sufferers, known as migraineurs, have been shown to perform better than other people on memory and cognitive function tests, possibly because of better blood vessel function in the brain.
Raw milk blamed for toddler's death
Victorian coroner finds that unpasteurised milk is likely to have caused the death of a 3-year-old from haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS). Four other children who drank the product also became ill.
Regular running does not raise risk of knee arthritis
Regular running does not seem to increase the risk of arthritis of the knee, and if anything runners may be at slightly lower risk of knee pain. However, further studies are needed to infer causality.
Breast cancer survival could be improved by adding progesterone
Adding natural progesterone to current treatments for oestrogen receptor-positive breast cancer has shown to cause an overall "braking" effect on growth of the breast tumours.