It seems unlikely, but social media like Twitter and Facebook are helping to improve outcomes in heart health, according to a Sydney University study.
The study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology last week looked at 15 international health-focused twitter accounts—9 professional organisations and 6 medical journals, which were selected for analysis of their Twitter growth, reach, and content.
The study showed that, through its networking, social media sites such as Twitter have... Read more
Global Hygiene Council research shows that floods can increase the transmission of both water-borne diseases (such as cholera, typhoid fever and diarrhoea) as well as vector-borne diseases (such as malaria and dengue).
The aftermath of the recent Queensland floods means that in stagnant bodies of water bacteria or viruses from human and animal waste can cause infections with symptoms such as stomach ache, fever, vomiting and diarrhoea.
Further, the call for evacuation to temporary accommodation, which is... Read more
Employers have a duty of care to ensure a certain standard of safety at work – which will be highlighted on the World Day for Safety and Health at Work (28 April), a day celebrated by the International Labour Organization to promote the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally.
It’s a good time for pharmacies to consider how they comply with legislation and offer a safe workplace and retail environment, says Wayne Creaser, manager of the Strategy and Engagement Branch of Safe Work Australia, which... Read more
Major misconceptions following the introduction of new regulations have renewed Cancer Council Queensland’s call for a statewide ban on solariums.
A national survey, featured in the Medical Journal of Australia, has revealed both adults and adolescents consider solariums safer under new legislation.
The regulations, introduced in most states and territories from 2008 to 2011, require solarium operators to be licensed, display health warnings and ban people at high risk of skin cancer from use.
The... Read more
Today (11 April) is World Parkinson’s Day – and Daryl Smeaton, CEO of Parkinson’s Australia, says it’s important for pharmacists, pharmacy assistants and the general public to gain a better understanding of Parkinson’s, the quality of life issues it raises and the fact that it is ‘not a death sentence’.
He recently spoke on-air to West Australian radio host Howard Sattler about the disease, highlighting the importance of maintaining good mental health following a diagnosis.
‘He’s come out recently and... Read more