Insurance companies have been using the results of people’s genetic tests to deny them cover, or raise the cost of their premiums, new research shows. Current settings regulating the life insurance industry are failing to protect consumers, the research published in Public Health Research & Practice on Tuesday found. See the full story in the […]
Fears that temporarily suspending breast cancer screening services during the pandemic would create a wave of advanced tumours do not appear to have come true. NSW suspended screening services for seven weeks in early 2020 to prevent the spread of COVID-19. A study by the Cancer Institute NSW published on Thursday compared the average tumour […]
Health practitioners are often still operating under the assumption that obesity is an individual’s responsibility, even though science now tells us otherwise. There are health implications for people with obesity and public health needs to destigmatise it. Listen to the full interview on ABC Radio National and read the paper here.
Screen-slave adolescents are a forgotten demographic when it comes to obesity, with better prevention strategies sorely needed. This is the key finding from a new research paper, which says adolescent obesity goes largely untreated despite its huge impact later in life. Read the article in The Canberra Times and read the full paper here.
Disjointed, piecemeal and underfunded – that is how new research describes our approach towards teenagers when it comes to obesity prevention. Adolescence is a crucial stage for developing healthy behaviours, but leading academics say young people have been ‘forgotten’ in our health system, with limited guidance available for this age group. Guest: Dr Helen Cheng, Marie […]
Introduction by Croakey: In a webinar today hosted by the Consumers Health Forum, Minister for Health, Mark Butler, stressed his commitment to “raising the consumer voice” in the health sector, which he acknowledged was far too often dominated by narrow sectional interests. “We constantly have to discipline ourselves to keep interests of consumers at the front […]
Introduction by Croakey: After more than two years of living with COVID-19, research is now revealing that some changes forced on society by pandemic control measures may have actually saved lives. It seems counter-intuitive but think of the reduction in influenza pneumonia deaths and lower air pollution during lockdowns, and the reduced use of unnecessary tests, […]
The popularity of cosmetic radiation procedures has boomed in recent years, leaving consumers at risk of being injured by unskilled operators, experts warn. The procedures, which are performed with laser and light-based devices, include hair removal and skin rejuvenation. But while they were marketed as low risk, some consumers have been left with injuries such […]
Two research teams have been honoured for their outstanding work in health literacy and communicating COVID-19 health information, in this year’s Public Health Research & Practice Excellence Awards. The awards, announced today, celebrate outstanding papers that have been published in Public Health Research & Practice – an open-access, quarterly online journal published by the Sax […]
New research from Cancer Council NSW has found that just over half of NSW residents (55%) know about the link between alcohol and cancer. “This is particularly concerning as we know over 1,000 cancer deaths and 3,500 cancer cases in Australia each year are attributed to alcohol. When it comes to cancer risk, there is no […]