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Shortage of diabetes medicine, metformin, for Australia
Australia may be facing a major shortage of extended-release metformin, the commonly used diabetes medicine.
Anticonvulsant pregabalin linked to major birth defects
Women who take the medicine pregabalin in the first trimester of pregnancy are 3 times more likely to have a baby with malformations.
Denial of dementia symptoms delays diagnosis
People in the early stages of dementia are living in denial and putting off seeing their doctor, for fear of a diagnosis.
Facebook mums' groups get thumbs down on health advice
Pregnant women and mums are turning to Facebook groups for health advice, but 1 in 5 responses they get is inaccurate, with 1 in 50 giving dangerous advice.
Heavy drinking spouses raise partner's risk of alcohol problems
You are at higher risk of developing alcohol problems if your spouse has a drinking problem. Married people are less likely than single people to develop alcohol problems, but only if they choose a spouse without without a tendency to hit the bottle.
Health problems in Australian prisons, a concern
Australia's prisons are hotspots for chronic disease and mental health problems, with new report detailing the extent of the problems.
Skin dryness relieved by vitamin B3
Vitamin B3 (nicotinamide) may be a simple and cost-effective approach to relieve dry skin, according to Australian researchers.
Vaping popular among young smokers
Vaping is especially popular among young smokers, with one in six admitting to using e-cigarettes, a survey from NSW shows.
Fruit and alcohol - the effect on breast cancer risk
Two studies investigate the effects of fruit and alcohol consumption on risk of breast cancer.
Sniffing out IBS with a breath test
A simple breath test that detects VOCs can accurately distinguish people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) from healthy people, researchers have found.
Biggest Loser study shows why rebound weight gain almost unavoidable
Follow up of Biggest Loser contestants after 6 years shows that their metabolic rates stay low, even after they regain the lost weight.
Probiotics are unlikely to benefit healthy people
Taking probiotic supplements to improve your gastrointestinal health does not appear to help healthy people.
Concussed athletes who play on delay recovery
Playing on for concussed athletes means they will delay recovery time by an average of 5 days.
Yoga better than memory games for improving visual-spatial memory
For people with cognitive impairment, yoga is better than memory exercises for improving visual-spatial memory.
Australia leads the world in deaths from anaphylaxis
More people in Australia are dying from anaphylaxis than in any other developed country, warn immunologists, with medication and bee stings the biggest culprits.
Allergy testing a waste of time in hives (urticaria)
People with chronic urticaria may be put through unnecessary and expensive allergy testing, when the focus should be on managing their symptoms.
Cannabis smoking could lead to leg amputation
A 26-year-old cannabis smoker has become Australia's first reported case of cannabis arteritis, nearly needing an amputation in the process.
Chinese medicine concerns as Blackmores buy big
Chinese medicine is characterised by complex herbals and there is no way of monitoring adverse events, pharmacologists warn, as Blackmores buys herbal medicine supplier.
Black henna temporary tattoos should be avoided, doctors warn
Tat's no good! Why UK doctors are warning against black henna temporary tattoos.
Heavy body throughout lifespan linked to premature death
People who have a heavy body shape throughout their lifespan have a greater risk of premature death.