Health & Medicine

PUBLIC health agencies could be better equipped to predict and manage mosquito-borne virus outbreaks in high-risk areas like the Kimberley and Pilbara thanks to a world first model produced by local researchers.

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A PILOT quit smoking program trialled on prisoners in the Goldfields has helped quash the inmate’s nicotine dependency, thereby laying the foundation for smoke-free prisons throughout WA.

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A CLINIC set up to improve rural and remote men’s access to prostate cancer testing and diagnosis has been deemed an overwhelming success.

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MORE adults, tourists and fly-in fly-out (FIFO) workers were infected with the potentially fatal mosquito-borne arbovirus Murray Valley Encephalitis (MVE) during the most recent outbreak when WA experienced more than fifty per cent of the nation’s recorded cases.

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TRACES of iron that are breathed in along with other particulate matter may not be as harmless to lung function as previously thought, according to research involving UWA.

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Baby pianoSUGAR is not the cause of hyperactivity in children, nor does classical music make babies smarter but some scientific evidence does exist supporting the popular notions that mobile phones, tight underwear and bike riding really could reduce sperm health.

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FIFO measlesTHE 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.

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pregnant RHDTHIRTY-four hospitals in Western Australia are participating in the nation’s most extensive study into rheumatic heart disease in pregnancy.

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pharmacy-PBSA 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.

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vaccine chicknpoxA NATIONAL surveillance study of hospitalised cases with chicken pox before and after the introduction of the freely available varicella vaccine in Australia has reported a drop of almost 70 per cent in cases with complications needing medical attention.

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