Health

Kent Heckenlively, US 'anti-vaxxer', denied Australian visa

A US author who bills himself as the "world's #1 anti-vaxxer" has been denied a visa to enter Australia for a speaking tour.Kent Heckenlively had planned to visit Australia in December to call for a five-year ban on vaccinations.Medical experts, including the World Health Organization, have repeatedly said that vaccinations are safe and vital to halting infectious diseases.Australia gave bans ....

HelpNotHarm: but what about rights?

A new campaign, #HelpNotHarm: Stand against mandatory drug testing, spearheaded by Dr Alex Wodak and GetUp!, has been launched in response to the federal government’s decision to deny income support payments to those who test positive to certain drugs.Wodak, president of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation, said he was “stunned” by the decision to “strip people with alcohol and ....

Blood frozen for Defence Force to use in conflict zones under Red Cross trial

For the first time, blood is being collected and frozen, in a trial by the Australian Red Cross, for the Defence Force to deploy in conflict zones. Key points: Shelf life for platelets can be just 5 days, 6 weeks for plasma, 12 months for red blood cells Technology extends shelf life of blood components from 2 years to 10 years Type of anti-freeze added to all ....

Wire Barbecue Brush Bristle Injures man's Pancreas; Doctors Warn People to 'grill with Caution'

If you're thinking about busting out the barbecue before winter arrives, make sure your wire-bristle brush is still in good nick before using it to scrub down the grill.Surgeons are warning of the potential dangers of loose wire bristles after a 39-year-old man on the New South Wales Coffs Coast accidentally swallowed one at a barbecue and had it pulled out of his pancreas more than a ....

Australia wins landmark WTO tobacco plain packaging case

Australia's tobacco plain packaging laws are a legitimate public health measure, according to a World Trade Organisation dispute panel ruling reported by Bloomberg.It cited two people close to the situation as saying the panel had rejected a case made by Cuba, Honduras, Dominican Republic and Indonesia, which argued the laws constituted illegal barriers to trade.Such a ruling from the WTO ha ....

South Australia Expands Restrictions on WA Produce that Might Harbor Tomato Potato Psyllid

South Australian authorities will further restrict the movement of Western Australian horticultural produce in an effort to prevent the spread of tomato potato psyllid. The latest restrictions follow suit with New South Wales and Victorian restrictions to add a broad range of product line restrictions, in addition to those already in place for the tomato potato plant family. Department of A ....

Healthy and Hydrated: How Much Water Should you Drink Daily?

Most health authorities recommend that we drink eight glasses or 64 ounces of water a day. Others, however, think that we should drink much more. Those who fall in the latter category believe that we need to drink water constantly, even if we’re not thirsty. As with a lot of things, writes Kris Gunnars of AuthorityNutrition.com, how much water you truly need is dependent on a number of f ....

Fitness Takes Hard Work to Gain, But how Fast Does it Fade?

It may well be something you've heard a million times before. But when it comes to your fitness, it's well worth remembering. If instant gratification is your thing, exercise can be a drag. It's not something you do once, then sit back and reap a lifetime of rewards. Those rewards only come with hard work, consistency and self-discipline. "You're only as good as your last training session," ....

Burning Question: How Does Your Diet Affect Your gut Bacteria?

Question: How does your diet affect your gut bacteria? Are there certain foods you should eat and others you should avoid to keep your gut bacteria healthy? Gut bacteria has become big business in recent years — in research labs and on supermarket shelves. We hear much about the powerful effect these tiny microbes have on our health and wellbeing, and are likely to hear more. That's bec ....

vaccination Debate Flares on NSW north Coast after 7yo Contracts Tetanus

A northern New South Wales doctor says a seven-year-old child who is in a critical condition after being diagnosed with tetanus was not immunised.The girl was initially treated at Lismore, before being transferred to Brisbane's Lady Cilento Children's Hospital on Wednesday.Tetanus is a potentially fatal disease which is transmitted by bacteria in soil, and can enter the bloodstream through ....

Physiotherapy, Chiropractic and Osteopathy: What's the Difference?

If you've ever had a sore back, neck or knee, there's a good chance you sought some kind of treatment for it — most likely from a physiotherapist, chiropractor or osteopath.The distinction between the three can be extremely confusing at the best of times.Without knowing too much, it can seem these allied health professionals practise much the same thing: non-invasive, drug-free, manual ....

Kangaroo Bone Turns Out to be Australia's Oldest Piece of Jewellery

A kangaroo bone found in a rock shelter more than 20 years ago is now believed to be Australia's oldest known piece of jewellery, after a discovery which reshapes scientific understanding of Indigenous people's use of bone tools. The bone, which is at least 46,000 years old, was found in the Kimberleys by Australian National University (ANU) archaeologists in the 1990s, but its use as j ....

Sugar Tax: Doctors Call For Sweet Drink Levy to Tackle Obesity in Australia

Sugar-sweetened drinks should be taxed and obesity renamed a chronic disease, according to a coalition of Australia's most influential doctors' groups. The Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges, representing bodies including the Royal Australian College of GPs, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, has developed a six-point ....

Galilee Basin Coal Mines to Receive $100m Free Groundwater, Think Tank Finds

Coal mines in Queensland's Galilee Basin, including Adani's giant Carmichael mine, will be granted $100 million worth of free groundwater, analysis shows. A report by progressive think tank The Australia Institute (TAI) has assessed the value of groundwater granted to coal mining companies in Queensland, based on New South Wales prices. "On average per year the Galilee Basin mines will ....

BP Withdraws from Great Australian Bight Drilling

BP has announced it will not proceed with plans for exploration drilling in the Great Australian Bight, offshore South Australia. In a statement, BP said it would instead focus on projects it can exploit in the short-to-medium term. BP had been awaiting environmental approval to begin exploration drilling for two wells off South Australia's west coast about 400 kilometres south-west of ....

Craft Beer Boom Brews Expansion for Australian Hop Farmers in Tasmania, Victoria

Australia's insatiable taste for craft beer is spurring on an expansion for the country's biggest hop grower. Making a brew is as much an art as a science for craft beer makers, with a careful combination of hot malted barley, hops and wheat key to the right batch. Tasmania 's Derwent Valley and Eurobin in Victoria are at the forefront of growth in the hop market, helping bubble along Au ....

Australian Doctor Katherine Franklin Changing and Saving Lives in Medecins Sans Frontieres' Kabul Clinic

Long before Dr Katherine Franklin studied medicine in Melbourne, she dreamed of humanitarian work. She even chose her speciality, paediatrics, in the hope it would be useful in impoverished communities overseas. But it still came as a shock when Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) emailed her and cheerfully informed her she had been selected to work in Afghanistan. Seven months later, ....

'Overwatch' Group Prevents Veteran Suicides by Monitoring Social Media, Sending in the Troops

"I've had my bad moments when I've been pretty low, and they've sent vets to come and find me. From what I can see, they've prevented an awful lot of suicides from happening." Trevor Dineen, a 31-year-old ex-serviceman, is talking about Overwatch Australia, a national organisation that intervenes when defence force veterans show mental health warning signs. Overwatch, a military term that means ....