HEALTH

Existing drug found to help people with painful hand osteoarthritis

Flavia Cicuttini, Monash University Osteoarthritis is the most common disease of the joints, and often affects the hands. One in two women and one in four men will have symptoms of hand osteoarthritis by the time they turn 85. Hand osteoarthritis causes pain and stiffness that can significantly impede a person’s ability to carry out …

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Long COVID cases increase with each new wave, so why are we closing clinics? 

Chicago-based neurologist Igor Koralnik worked on the front line of the HIV epidemic and cannot help but draw comparisons to long COVID.  Dr Koralnik was a young medical student in Switzerland in the 1980s when he became fascinated with the neurological impact of HIV on the young men contracting the virus. “So, when the pandemic …

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Expert guide to the key questions you should ask when choosing a home care provider

Choosing a home care provider can be overwhelming. There are hundreds of companies to consider and the service can often feel like a commodity. Here’s how to vet home care providers and determine which one is the right fit for your situation. ••• There are more than 1000 providers of home support in Australia.  That …

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Tobacco smokers our biggest preventable health burden, data shows

Most Australians over 55 will remember the days when smoking at work was the rule rather than the exception. Those days are long gone, but data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows the effects linger. The latest data release from the AIHW indicates tobacco smoking remains the leading cause of Australia’s …

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Government refuses private health industry request for 6 per cent rise in premiums

In good news for consumers, the federal government has refused a private health insurance industry request for the biggest average increase in premiums in the past six years.   The government and the industry negotiate each year on premium increases, but this year their request for an average 6 per cent rise was rejected, with health …

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