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Don’t Forget Your Vaccinations if Travelling Overseas These Holidays

People travelling overseas for the holidays are reminded to have their appropriate vaccinations.  AMA (NSW) President, Dr Saxon Smith says:  “In a year where we’ve seen ongoing measles epidemics around the world and unvaccinated travellers bringing it back home to Australia, people heading overseas should be thinking about vaccination. “There are worse diseases than measles

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World Cancer Congress Focuses on Consumer Engagement

As one of the world leaders in cancer research Australia is proudly hosting the World Cancer Congress in Melbourne this week. As well as highlighting research which is improving cancer treatment, the congress is putting the spotlight on the importance of consumer engagement, with Cancer Australia hosting a number of sessions demonstrating best practice care

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Overuse of Pain Relievers Poses a Safety Risk

On the final day of Be Medicinewise Week 2014, NPS MedicineWise is reminding people that excess consumption of common pain relievers is a serious medicine safety issue. A recent poll* on behalf of NPS MedicineWise suggests that many Australians have exceeded the maximum daily dose of over-the-counter painkillers, potentially posing significant risks to their health.

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Are you Taking Your Prescription Medicines Safely?

In a poll undertaken by NPS MedicineWise, results reveal that while a high number of respondents take prescription medicines, advice on taking medicines safely and effectively is not necessarily being followed. The polling indicates as many as one in three respondents take prescription medicines daily and most Australians have taken a prescription medicine at some

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Be Smart about Complementary Medicines

Australians spend well over $1 billion each year on complementary medicines. On day two of Be Medicinewise Week 2014, NPS MedicineWise is urging Australians to be aware of the importance of telling your health professional about all the medicines you take to avoid the risk of possible interactions. Multivitamins and mineral supplements are widely used

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Time to Clean out Expired Medicines

Are your medicines helping or hindering? Figures indicate many Australians are keeping expired medicines in their home, raising the issue of medication safety. During Medicinewise Week this week, NPS MedicineWise is reminding all people who take medicines to be aware of their safe use. Chief Executive of NPS MedicineWise, Dr Lynn Weekes AM, says that Be

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De-prescribing Medications Among Elderly Population

Research into de-prescribing medications among elderly people has, so far in the pilot randomized controlled trial, been receptive. The trial, which involved 15 participants who understood the concept of de-prescribing, saw one selected drug withdrawn or significantly reduced over a two-month period without complications. The medications targeted in the study varied, but are commonly used

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New Site Allows Better Access to Medical Test Information

Additional and reliable information on medical conditions and tests will be fully accessible after NPS MedicineWise and Lab Tests Online Australasia decided to collaborate on a new information-sharing site. The pilot site allows visitors to NPS MedicineWise to benefit from Lab Tests Online-Au content about medical tests like liver function tests and full blood count

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Public Health Association Supports Legalising Cannabis

The legalisation of cannabis for medicinal purposes could soon be a reality, with the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) placing its support behind proposed legislation with their new organisational policy. “PHAA’s new Position Statement on Medicinal Cannabis in Australia recognises the need for a compassionate regime whereby seriously and terminally ill individuals who have

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Asthma: Take Control

A new ‘Asthma: Take Control’ campaign is urging people affected by asthma to commit to following the advice given by their healthcare professional to optimise health outcomes. Launched by popular recording artists and asthma sufferer Kimbra and supported by Asthma Australia,  National Asthma Council Australia and GSK, has been launched following concern that up to

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