The low-FODMAP diet was developed in Australia by Monash University for those suffering from medically-diagnosed Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Functional Gastro-Intestinal Disorder (FGID). While it is increasingly being prescribed by dieticians and GPs as lifestyle treatment for these conditions, a review of the available data has been published in Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin (dtb) showing very little evidence that the diet’s recommendation of avoiding dietary carbohydrate does actually control symptoms.
Ute Vollmer-Conna, UNSW Australia and Gordon Parker, UNSW Australia
Technology company Polycom conducted a survey of over 1,200 healthcare professionals between October 2014 – April 2015. The respondents were asked about what they believed were the greatest challenges to the future of healthcare. While funding and access to healthcare were clear leaders in current challenges to healthcare, North American respondents indicated that the heavy demand on health service infrastructure was the biggest strain on their own industry. To overcome these healthcare bottlenecks by 2025, technology developments such as mobile, the Internet of Things (IoT) and big data, will play a critical role.
Michael Vagg, Barwon Health
Sunil Bhar, Swinburne University of Technology
Cancer screening programs have undoubtedly improved medical treatment in modern times. However, according to a national Australian survey only 10% of Australian adults had been told of the risk of over-diagnosis in cancer screening.
Max Kamien, University of Western Australia
The conflict between private health insurer Medibank Private and the Australian hospital system is gaining more and more public attention with yesterday’s statements from both Medibank and the AMA president Professor Brian Owler during his National Press Club address.
NPS MedicineWise has developed resources for patients living with chronic pain to work with their care providers in managing their health, discussing particular concerns and exploring support options.
Some great news has emerged from the 2015 International Aids Society Conference in Canada this week, with a French teenager who was born with HIV having been in remission for 12 years - the longest on record for a person in her age group.
Cough into this phone please: The University of Queensland has developed a mobile application that allows for the diagnosis of respiratory conditions such as pneumonia and asthma based on an algorithm that uses the sound of the patient’s cough for recognition.
Treatments for Helicobacter pylori bacterium— the main cause of stomach ulcers — may reduce the risk of gastric cancer, according to recent reseach published in the Cochrane Library. The studies were conducted in Colombia, China and Japan.
A study published in Molecular Psychiatry has shown that persistent depression causes brain damage by shrinking the hippocampus, leading to a loss of emotional and behavioural function.