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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.
Skim milk may worsen teenage acne
Skim milk appears to worsen teenage acne, according to a study that shows full-cream milk is a safer bet for adolescents with skin problems.
Diet rich in fruit and vegetables reduces diabetes risk
Eating a diet rich in healthy plant foods, such as fruit and vegetables, substantially reduces a person's risk of developing type 2 diabetes
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.