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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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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nanotechnology cancerNANOTECHNOLOGY could revolutionise how serious conditions like spinal injuries and cancer are treated, according to a UWA scientist speaking at the Mid West Youth Science Forum.

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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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aboriginal todd_riverA NEW study has dispelled the belief that heart disease is higher among rural Indigenous populations than those in urban centres.

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pregnancydoctor1ESTIMATES 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.

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