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Codeine misuse reduced by prescription-only changes

11 October, 2019

The move to prescription-only codeine in Australia has seen a 50% reduction in the monthly rate of codeine-related poisoning calls and halved codeine sales.


Skin condition prevalence high, awareness low

17 January, 2019

A new Australian prevalence study of hidradenitis suppurativa finds a high number of Australians have the devastating skin condition.


Why do women get more migraines?

10 October, 2018 by Angharad Brewer Gillham*

Estrogen and other sex hormones may be responsible for the higher prevalence of migraine in women.


Low-dose antidepressants ease back pain

03 October, 2018

A low dose of antidepressants has been shown to help treat back pain in those for whom narcotics are the remaining option.


Medical cannabis: much work to be done

30 August, 2018 by Drake Sutton-Shearer*

Over 90% of Australians support the legalisation of medical use cannabis but only a handful of our 38,000 GPs are able to prescribe medicinal cannabis.


Rexi Care Soft-Touch Fabric Clay Hot Wrap Pack

27 August, 2018

Taiwan Stanch has developed an environmentally friendly, re-usable hot/cold pack made from thermal clay.


Australia's 'hidden affliction': chronic wounds

19 July, 2018

Health practitioners are being asked to help raise awareness of chronic wounds, especially with at-risk ageing patients.


Alcohol intake linked to PMS symptoms

30 April, 2018

Does alcohol contribute to PMS, or does PMS drive women to alcohol? Researchers have found the surprising answer.


World's hottest chilli causes thunderclap headaches

12 April, 2018

A man suffered unusual consequences when participating in a hot chilli pepper eating competition.


Most lower back pain treated incorrectly

03 April, 2018

Worldwide, overuse of inappropriate tests and treatments such as imaging, opioids and surgery means patients are not receiving the right care, and resources are wasted.


Opioids unnecessary for chronic pain

09 March, 2018

A small US study has found that non-opioid-based medicines were as effective as opioid medicines at improving chronic back, hip or knee pain.


Reminder: From 1 Feb, codeine is prescription only

31 January, 2018 by Laini Bennett

Australia is following other countries in curbing access to codeine medications to prevent, reduce and manage codeine addiction. Resources are available to healthcare practitioners to assist with the change.


Codeine abuse costing the Australian health system

25 September, 2017

One hospital alone had $1 million in codeine abuse-related costs.


Health Care Homes trial starting October

10 July, 2017

Patients with chronic health concerns will benefit from a coordinated approach to their care, with trials starting soon.


Chronic fatigue syndrome: self-help exercise program may improve symptoms

30 June, 2017

Some chronic fatigue syndrome sufferers may experience reduced fatigue thanks to a self-help exercise program.


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