Health & Medicine
THE West Australian and Northern Territory health departments have collaborated to detail the containment of a 2011 measles outbreak originating from an offshore exploration platform which highlights how widely fly-in fly-out workers can spread contagious disease.
THIRTY-four hospitals in Western Australia are participating in the nation’s most extensive study into rheumatic heart disease in pregnancy.
A COLLABORATIVE study has investigated how increases in patient co-payments to medications on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), affects medicine use in different geographical areas.
A NEW study has dispelled the belief that heart disease is higher among rural Indigenous populations than those in urban centres.
ESTIMATES of the cost of pregnancy in Western Australia have revealed those with inadequate access to antenatal care, mostly those in remote areas, are paying $2,581 more than those with access.
RESEARCHERS from the University of New England, NSW are refuting the popular notion that ‘bored and cashed-up’ FIFO workers are to blame for increasing rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV.
A LEADING rural health worker is calling for the improvement of mental health services in country WA, as outback communities struggle to cope with 2012’s tumultuous climate.
MEDICAL researchers have found that hospital emergency departments (ED) are not utilised effectively in reaching youth infected with the sexually transmitted infections (STIs) — gonorrhoea (Neisseria gonorrhoeae) and chlamydia (Chlamydia trachomatis).
A NEW study has found more time spent watching television could have adverse effects on glucose homeostasis, increasing the risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
A UNIVERSITY of Western Australia study has found birth weight and childhood adiposity are associated with cardiovascular risk later in life.
OVER the next five years, medical researchers from 36 academic institutions in developed nations around the world will join forces to unravel the link between early life nutrition and later obesity-related metabolic disease.
RESEARCHING are urging a more cohesive approach to dental health in rural and remote WA after finding disturbing levels of tooth decay among preschoolers.
THE Telethon Institute for Child Health Research in Perth is currently participating in the world-first development of an asthma vaccine, after finding mounting evidence the disease’s establishment appears to be consequential of viral respiratory infections.
PATIENTS suffering from spinal cord injury may soon find help in the form of stem cells drawn from their own bone marrow, thanks to a research project from the University of Western Australia.
AN Edith Cowan University PhD student expects research to demonstrate a relationship between Parkinson’s disease and sleeping poorly.
RESEARCHERS from the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research (WAIMR) are conducting a comprehensive nationwide study into the prevalence of occupational exposure to carcinogens and the occurrence occupational cancer in Australia.
THE average WA hospital keeps hand hygiene practices above the statewide benchmark for the first time, however several regional hospitals have recorded below average compliance levels.
A STUDY has highlighted the risks of using faster methods of venom immunotherapy (VIT) to prevent allergic reactions to insect bites, suggesting slower, prolonged methods may be safer.
VASCULOGENIC erectile dysfunction (ED) is a novel marker and predictor for future atherosclerotic cardiovascular (CV) events, new research concludes.
HIGH levels of homocysteine may not be the causal factor in cognitive and structural impairment of the brain, a study has found.