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 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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A RECENT forum into regional issues in health sciences research identified improving the quality of life of older people as the top priority for the Great Southern.

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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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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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pandemic managementRESEARCHERS from the University of Western Australia have created an individual-based model of the spread of an influenza strain through a developing nation community to address current limited intervention strategies.

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schoolclosureTHE CLOSURES of schools coupled with antiviral treatment as an intervention strategy for future pandemic influenza (H5N1-like virus) have proved most effective as control measures in a recent study aimed to mitigate future pandemic outbreaks.

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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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vege pregnantHIGH-income earners and breastfeeding women have lower levels of pesticides in their bodies, an Edith Cowan University (ECU) study has revealed.

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