Coronavirus is making our health sector and hospitals adapt to a virtual future - ABC News. How the lives of poker machine addicts have improved during the coronavirus lockdown. Updated 53 minutes agoSun 26 Apr 2020, 1:19am The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact on so many Australians.
Lives have been lost, jobs and businesses have been wiped out, and individuals have had to come to grips with being isolated from family and friends. No industry has felt the strain more than pubs, clubs and casinos. From March 23, they had to close their doors at short notice, throwing the lives and livelihoods of tens of thousands of Australians into turmoil. Baked beans an unlikely nutrition star, and pandemic hit - Health - ABC News. As we all fight our inner "prepper" and try not to succumb to panic buying, it seems many of us have turned to an old favourite: baked beans.
Bean production at Australia's largest fruit and vegetable cannery in Shepparton, Victoria, has doubled its usual volume to producing 500,000 cans a day. While baked beans might not look particularly sexy, they're a favourite among nutrition experts, including Clare Collins, a professor of nutrition at the University of Newcastle. "I think most people have no idea how great they are when it comes to nutrition," says Professor Collins on Catalyst's How Food Works. So what is it that makes many dietitians so keen on the bean? And should we all be eating more of them? Easy veggies Only 7 per cent of Australian adults and 5 per cent of children eat sufficient serves of vegetables in their daily diet, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
Army veteran calls for access to legal cannabis to help treat post-traumatic stress disorder. Posted about 4 hours agoFri 24 Apr 2020, 9:44pm When Max Hill looks you in the eye, he still has the piercing gaze of the drug cop he used to be.
Key points: Veteran David Hill has PTSD and was being treated with benzodiazepines, a minor tranquiliser, at a psychiatric wardWhen he was discharged he deteriorated further as he withdrew from the medication, but medicinal cannabis helpedWhen the medicinal product was no longer available, his father Max turned to the black market. Coronavirus pandemic sees Australian manufacturing partnership make cheaper ventilator in four weeks. Updated about 3 hours agoThu 23 Apr 2020, 10:44pm An Australian-made ventilator that costs a tenth of the price of existing models has been brought to life in just four weeks.
Key points: The rapid manufacture of cheaper equipment could make ICU care accessible to more patientsThe locally made ventilator does not yet have the approval of the Therapeutic Goods AdministrationThe State Government is prioritising how it can bolster its support for more products to be made locally The OzVader ventilator is the result of a partnership between engineers, Brisbane-based manufacturing company Olitek, intensive care specialists and the Medical Engineering Research Facility (MERF) at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
It does not yet have the approval of the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), but the company behind the OzVader said it believed they would be ready to deploy the machine within four weeks. My son needed regular blood transfusions, but now coronavirus threatens the survival of children like him. By Jessica Lake Updated 35 minutes agoSun 12 Apr 2020, 12:32am Almost two years ago, our world fell apart.
China's coronavirus supplies are being rejected — how do we ensure quality in a pandemic? Posted about 10 hours agoFri 3 Apr 2020, 8:59pm China's had a rough few months.
Key points: China has been rapidly scaling up its medical equipment manufacturing baseMost medical product regulation varies by country, at varying enforcement levelsAustralia's only mask manufacturer says faulty products risk introducing more pathogens As the emerging superpower entered 2020, a coronavirus outbreak in the industrial hub of Wuhan swept the nation, then the world, which crippled the global economy in turn. Chemotherapy and the coronavirus threat — my immunity levels mean you need to care about COVID-19. Updated about 2 hours agoSat 14 Mar 2020, 9:58pm It has been a strange feeling hearing my possible death openly labelled inconsequential by public figures, commentators and even by some of my friends.
Some remark that coronavirus has "only a 1-4 per cent" fatality rate, while others implore that everyone relax because "most people will only get mild symptoms". While these statements are broadly correct, there's a callous confidence that comes with knowing you're part of the 96 per cent who will survive an infection — instead of being among the potential "four-percenters" who might not. Yass women call for return of maternity services after some give birth on the side of the Barton Highway. Posted 28 minutes agoSat 14 Mar 2020, 10:14pm Jasmin Jones gave birth on the side of a highway in the middle of the night in 2011.
She went into labour two weeks before her due date and feared she "wasn't going to make it to the birthing hospital in the ACT". "I went directly to our local hospital," Ms Jones said. "I was packed into an ambulance and sent down the Barton Highway in the dark, in the middle of the night, going at speed. " Nine years later, Ms Jones is still scarred by the experience. "I still think about that night and I still think about the stress of worrying what was going to happen to my baby," she said. Error - Cookies Turned Off. Essential oils are aromatic, volatile liquids extracted from plant material by steam distillation and named for the plants from which they are derived.1 Essential oils are readily available in pharmacies, supermarkets, health food stores, and online.
In 2017, 11% of Australians reported using essential oils for medicinal purposes in the previous year;2 the major reported sources of advice were general practitioners (10%) or pharmacists (18%), while 43% of oils were self‐prescribed.2 Essential oils are typically used topically or added to vaporisers, but oral ingestion of small amounts is recommended by some suppliers. We conducted a retrospective study of essential oil exposure calls to the New South Wales Poisons Information Centre (NSWPIC) during July 2014 – June 2018. Sensitive to fragrance? You're not alone – but the science is still out - Science - ABC News. Jacqueline Wilkes can't stand the smell of air fresheners, perfume, aftershave and scented laundry powder.
"I find these fragrances highly offensive," she says. "They make me feel headachy, sick in the stomach and breathless. " Unfortunately Jacqueline is not the only person in her family with a sensitivity to fragrance. Her mum Nancy has a lung disease and is on oxygen therapy. Her reactions to scented products are even worse than Jacqueline's. Greek Orthodox church says 'holy cup cannot carry disease', allows congregations to share spoon.
Posted about 2 hours agoFri 13 Mar 2020, 11:32pm Religious congregations across Australia have responded to recent coronavirus containment measures in a variety of ways, including one church that has chosen to ignore medical advice. Australia's first public stool bank is paying people to donate their poo for faecal transplants.
Posted about an hour agoSun 8 Mar 2020, 9:17pm Kristy Wildy did not know she could get paid for donating her poo, but it was an unexpected bonus for the 55-year-old who has been contributing for the past 12 months. Key points: A lab in Adelaide is paying people to donate their stoolIt is used for faecal transplants around AustraliaThe treatment is particularly useful for people with gut infections Ms Wildy has been a blood donor for years, and she said donating her stool was a no-brainer. "I wanted to become a donor because I thought I was a fairly healthy person and I would have something to contribute," she said.
Australian women want to access drug rehabilitation for meth addiction, but there aren't enough beds. Posted about 4 hours agoSat 7 Mar 2020, 8:00pm When Timiki Auburn fell pregnant with her second child, she was too high on methamphetamine to realise. Key points: More than 100,000 people seek treatment for drug dependence annually in Australia, but long waiting lists mean only half receive the help they needWomen with addictions have specific needs due to typically being the primary carer of children, having past traumas and additional mental health conditionsDrug rehabilitation centres that accept accompanying children helps remove barriers to access help, but very few services exist. Menopause: Half of us go through it, but how much do we know about it before it hits? Posted about 3 hours agoSat 7 Mar 2020, 8:30pm It's something all women can expect to go through, but for many menopause is a complete mystery, and when symptoms arise it can knock them sideways.
Lesley Ramage is a GP who specialises in treating menopause at Perth's King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women. She told Jessica Strutt on ABC Radio Perth that many people only knew the myths and received little education about menopause, either at school or later in life. "We don't know what to expect, so we create some image in our minds that women become moody, grumpy, hairy, fat, irrational, etc. ," Ms Strutt said. "I think we need to open up the conversation about debunking and demystifying menopause, which is a natural phenomenon. Coronavirus symptoms explained — what happens when you get COVID-19 and how likely is a full recovery? Updated 56 minutes agoSat 7 Mar 2020, 11:32pm Coronavirus infections surged in Australia this week, and, in the words of NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard, it's "getting harder to contain".
Despite the prospect a pandemic could be declared, health authorities in Australia have called for calm, reiterating that a runny nose or scratchy throat does not mean you have COVID-19. In a sample group of 100 people with coronavirus, about 80 will have only minor symptoms, if any at all. About 15 people will have more serious symptoms that could be similar to severe influenza and between one and three people out of 100 may die as a result of pneumonia and respiratory complications. Here, infectious disease specialist Dr William Rawlinson breaks down how coronavirus attacks the body, when people should seek help, and what recovery looks like. What are the symptoms? Endometriosis diagnosis taking years as women given outdated advice when seeking treatment.
Gippsland farmer says PFAS exposure from military base caused his cancer, demands Government action - ABC Rural - ABC News. If vulnerable communities are more susceptible to the spread of coronavirus, what does that mean for Australia? Australians could be detained or forced into treatment to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Here's how - Politics. Who is vulnerable to coronavirus? So far children appear safe from COVID-19. Cystic fibrosis advocate and Australian of the Year award-winner Emmah Money on defying expectations. Updated Fri at 1:32amFri 28 Feb 2020, 1:32am.
Coronavirus spread may force rethink of public toilet soap dispenser removal, expert says. Investigation over NT Health's use of interpreters in hospital setting. Intellectually disabled people 'unsafe' in hospitals, disability royal commission hears. Coronavirus: What happens when a COVID-19 pandemic is declared? Australia the next legal battleground over claims Monsanto weedkiller Roundup causes cancer. Thousands of Australians ditch private health insurance as out-of-pocket hospital costs rise - Politics.
Dove music therapy program brings joy to the dying. Experimental superbugs treatment saves double-lung transplant patient's life. We don't need face masks for coronavirus. But there are other ways to protect ourselves - Health - ABC News. World Health Organisation division tackling coronavirus underfunded and facing internal corruption allegations, audits reveal. Scientists analyse gut microbes of almost 1,500 Victorians to figure out what makes us tick. Predicting your age from your skin, mouth and gut microbiome - Science News - ABC News. Royal Darwin Hospital patient died due to 'medication error', report reveals. Feel like you're a mozzie magnet? Mosquitoes really do prefer to bite some people over others.
Scientists push to explore potential link between Motor Neurone Disease and blue-green algae. Katherine GP shortage increases waiting times, frustration for patients and doctors. Diet soft drinks aren't worse for you than their sugary counterparts. Here's why - Health - ABC News. Senate inquiry into possible Bellarine Peninsula cancer cluster now open.
Why many Australians with brain injuries find themselves in the 'revolving door' of prison. Coronavirus: NT families flag concerns as Darwin plans to house evacuees from Wuhan. Coronavirus threat prompts health emergency laws to be rushed through Queensland Parliament. Darwin Mayor Kon Vatskalis in coronavirus home isolation after China trip. Neuroblastoma Australia charity issues urgent plea for more government funding. Three months before the coronavirus outbreak, researchers simulated a global pandemic. Coronavirus map tracks the spread of the virus across the world. Australian Tim McLean stuck in China because of coronavirus lockdown. Coronavirus fears end one family's holiday and raise alert for students entering Darwin. When this community took on the obesity epidemic, it came up with 400 solutions. Australian of the Year James Muecke forced to give up surgery due to neurological condition.
'The war on drugs doesn't work': A former ice user appeals for new ways to tackle addiction. Why I will never forget the day I was racially abused in front of my young son. Coronavirus fears as Australian officials work to trace passengers who flew from Wuhan. Coronavirus fears as Australian officials work to trace passengers who flew from Wuhan.
Coronavirus spreading with new cases reported around the world as China restricts movement in multiple cities. Brisbane pharmacies run out of face masks amid bushfires and coronavirus fears. Obesity battle being lost in regional Queensland as new data reveals increasing rates. Driver eyesight and myopia awareness key concerns from national vision survey. Coronavirus 'super-spreaders' a potential risk as strain spreads from Wuhan to cities outside of China. Patients report pacemaker 'electrical storms' as advocates predict device registry failure. Blanket booze ban proposal pushed by WA police divides Kimberley towns. Australia steps up airport screening as coronavirus outbreak in China spreads through human contact, stoking epidemic fears. Why cancelling your private health insurance could have unintended consequences.
My pokies addiction landed me in jail at age 64. Severe sunburn sees more than one child a week admitted to WA hospitals. Pacemaker-defibrillator device shocks patient 60 times, but manufacturer Biotronik denies problem. Royal Darwin Hospital bed crisis: patient lashes treatment in NT facility. WHO says new mysterious China coronavirus linked to SARS could spread, warns hospitals worldwide. Measles outbreak prompts Brisbane parents to consider early vaccination for babies. How chronic fatigue syndrome, also called ME/CFS, left Tony Wallace a shell of his former self.
How bushfires and air quality are putting pressure on the health system in communities away from the fire front - Health - ABC News. Canberra's cannabis laws do not address supply problem, meaning buying the drug will remain illegal. Tobacco giants lobby PM and key MPs with pro-vaping message - Science News - ABC News. China's mysterious virus outbreak may be new virus linked to SARS.
Short-sightedness in kids was rising long before they took to the screens. Wearable monitoring technology helps nurses avoid waking sleep-deprived patients. SARS not the mysterious respiratory illness infecting dozens in China, authorities say. Palmerston Regional Hospital expected to ease its pressure on Royal Darwin Hospital in April. Baby Enzo's Denari's brain condition is a mystery to doctors, but family finds hope.
Israel's food tech scene experiments with insects and computer-designed sweeteners. New treatment for 'silent' heart attack survivors could make hearts stronger and repair scar tissue. Tick bites can make you really sick — so what is the best way to deal with them? - Science News - ABC News. Researchers hope dementia vaccine will be the breakthrough of the next decade. Director Ian Munro's warning to men after going off his cholesterol medication nearly killed him. Canberra women with endometriosis are self-medicating with cannabis, but legalising the drug might not help. Poison information staff notice 'explosion' in synthetic drug use. MRI scans causing anxiety, claustrophobia as access to new machines becomes 'licencing' issue.
Growing your own food at home can be rewarding, but is it cost-effective? Do fans make any difference in a heatwave? Jack jumper program saving lives by shaking allergies to the potentially deadly ant. Chronic pain can change the way your brain processes emotion, scientists find. Movember is over for another year but men's emotional struggles continue. Rose 'Mamma Rosa' Ottavi-Kokkoris on a shock diagnosis and the long road to recovery. Special Commission into ice hears that a lack of detox beds is holding up rehab in regional areas. Knitted Knockers breast prostheses bringing comfort to breast cancer survivors.
Sensitive personal data of hundreds of visa applicants accidentally leaked in email mishap - Health - ABC News. Flu not the only illness to worry about this winter, with croup and pneumonia also on rise. Flu strikes down more than 183,000 people this year, and it's not only the elderly who are being hit hard. Antibiotic-resistant superbugs on the rise and leaving patients with life-long illness.