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Chris Maher  is the Director of the Musculoskeletal Division at The George Institute for Global Health, leading a program of research focusing on the management of musculoskeletal conditions in primary care and community settings. The Division has a strong program of research around low back pain; with studies such as PACE and TRIGGERS, receiving international media attention recently. 

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New research shows that paracetamol is ineffective in reducing pain, disability or improving quality of life for patients who suffer from low back pain or osteoarthritis of the hip or knee, and its use may affect the liver.  

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New research from The George Institute for Global Health questions the notion that a capped budget for new medicines is a good policy choice for Australia, as recommended for the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) in the recent Commission of Audit.

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Hot off the salt press we have a couple of updates following the issue of the report ‘Salt levels in common lunchbox items’ released to support Salt Awareness Week.  The feedback from consumers and food companies alike has been incredible.  Lowering the amount of salt in children’s foods is clearly an issue that many of us feel passionate about. We have listened to what you have said and have a couple of notes. 

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Australian research published in The Lancet shows that more than two million people globally die unnecessarily every year because they cannot access treatment for kidney failure (dialysis or a kidney transplant).  By 2030 the number of people receiving treatment is predicted to double to over five million.

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Australian kids are eating alarming amounts of salt, putting them at greater risk of heart disease later in life, and making simple changes to what goes in kids’ lunchboxes can reduce salt by as much as 4g a day.

Sarah Coggan has been working at the George Institute since 2012 on a number of academic collaborations. She has experience in clinical trials as well as non-interventional health systems research in Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetes. At TGI, Sarah facilitates qualitative and quantitative research studies, including randomised clinical trials, data linkage based projects and a needs-based analysis of current health-care models.

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Parents should review action plans and ensure they have correct medications to prepare for an asthma spike among children, a preventable trend, now that children have returned to school.

Severine is a Senior Statistical Programmer at The George Institute. Severine has a Bachelor degree in Computer Science, Information Systems and Piloting and an Associate Degree in Statistics and Data Management from the University of South-Brittany, France.